CHILDREN & FAMILIES

OUR VISION FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

At Highfield Church we believe that our role is to partner with parents to nurture children's faith. All the evidence suggests that childhood is the biggest window of opportunity we get. The Barna Research Institute in 2000 suggested that children up to the age of 13 are 5 times more likely to come to faith than adults. We want to make the most of this window, supporting parents to lay foundations to build a faith which will last a lifetime. 

It's not just about Sundays but more importantly how faith is supported the other 6 days! At Highfield this partnership is lived out in various ways. Download our Partnering with Parents booklet to read our most comprehensive guide.

Download our in:side pamphlet for an overview of the groups and events that that meet throughout the year, as well as helpful contact details for our Children's and Families Ministry Team - register your child to get involved here.

SHINE

Our children's groups meet every Sunday morning during the 9.30am service in term time. The aim of all the groups is for children to come to know Jesus as their friend in a fun and age appropriate way. We have 5 groups:
   Creche: 0-18 mths
   Tumblers: 18 mths-2 yrs
   Scramblers: 3-4 yrs
   Climbers: sch yrs R-2
   Explorers: sch yrs 3-6

This term's programme

SHINE TOGETHER

On the first Sunday of the month, when there is a Holy Communion service, children will meet in their Shine groups and come back into church to join us for Communion.  Find out the arrangements for collecting children from their groups here.

HOLIDAY CLUB

This annual event runs during May Half Term. All children in school years R to 6 are welcome. We meet in teams to find out more about Jesus in a fun and relevant way, then gather together for songs, games and other activities. Previous club themes have included: Guardians of Ancora, Heroes Academy and Team Builders.

We often finish the week with a celebratory service on the Sunday when all the young people and their families are invited and encouraged to attend.

BEACON

Monthly events run for all the family. Previous events have included a pancake party, Easter egg hunt, pool party and celebrating Lego's 60th birthday!

TIDDLYWINKS

A friendly and welcoming place for children to play and make new friends! We want to welcome everyone, whatever their age, relationship to the child, culture, religious background, ethnicity, gender or disability. 

Friday mornings in term time
Church Centre Lounge
10-11.30am
First session free, then £1.50/family


Helpful information and This term's programme

HUNGRY MUMS

An invitation for mums to chat over refreshments then study the Bible and pray together, whilst their children are in the creche. We take it in turns to help with the creche and to make the cakes! 

Thursday mornings in term time
Church Centre Upper Room
9.30-11am

EXTRA

A group for children aged 7-11 to bring their friends along to and enjoy games, sport, craft, a tuck shop, Wii, pool, table football and air hockey and the chance to hear about Jesus. 

Saturdays, half-termly
5-7pm
£2 per person + extra for the tuck shop!


COURSES FOR PARENTS

At various times and as the need arises we run the following courses for parents:

PARENTING FOR FAITH

This 4-week course aims to encourage and equip parents to be ‘on mission’ to their children. It usually runs annually, subject to numbers.  The course covers how a child’s faith develops as well as topics such as prayer, the Bible, belief in God; and church. The course is interactive, reflective and we hope, a time for parents to build supportive friendships between each other as they seek to also invest in their child’s relationship with God.

THE PARENTING CHILDREN COURSE

A course for parents who want to spend some time thinking about how they parent in a supportive, informal and (we hope) light-hearted way. It covers themes such as boundaries, love, laughter and time. The course runs for 5 weeks and is based on a DVD of the same name published by Relationship Central (Holy Trinity Brompton). The course is either ran in the Church Centre or in a home. It is offered annually or as the need arises.

THE PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE

This course is the equivalent of The Parenting Children Course but for parents of teenagers. It’s a 5 week, DVD and discussion-based course which looks at issues which might arise in the teenage years. We like to offer it annually/as the need arises and it often takes place in a home.

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES