Much of this work is covered by Churches Together in Groby’s Extend Group who currently employ:-
John Fryer, Children and Families worker.
He is supported practically, financially and prayerfully by people from the congregations of both Groby United Reformed Church and St Philip and St James.
Much of the work for 11-18 year olds comes from resources supplied by organisations such as ‘Urban Saints’, but Extend also ‘buys in’ expertise from other organisations for special events, such as ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ and ‘The Great Big Meal’, where local primary school children are invited to attend. ‘Chattabox’ is the holiday club run during February half-term for children of primary school age.
There are also groups such as ‘Revelation’ and ‘Gap’ for teenagers. Revelation offers bible-based teaching and Gap provides a ‘chill-out’ space with youth club type activities of offer where young people can bring their friends for a social evening.
Our own Sunday morning activities for children, Y.Church, provides age appropriate teaching and nurturing for under 5’s to 14 year olds using Scripture Union’s ‘Light’ material. The children and leaders share the first 20-30 minutes in the main service and then return for the final 5 minutes or so.
There is also a creche for babies and toddlers where they are cared for and can play with the various toys while their parents enjoy the main service.
Noah’s Ark is a group that meets in the Church hall on Monday mornings. They aim to create a welcoming and friendly environment, where adults can come with their babies and toddlers to relax and feel comfortable in a Christian environment while their children play and enjoy crafts.