Introduction
Children, animals, toys and young people are very welcome to all our services. Crèche facilities are available (for the children) during the 9:00am and 11:00am services every Sunday. Apart from the first Sunday of each month and major Festivals when there is an all-age informal Family Service, children aged 3-14 stay in with the Church family for a talk and perhaps a song or two before going to their own Sunday Clubs in and around the Church Centre.

Vision and Mission Statement
Our vision is to be a biblically functioning community of believers which teaches and models for children, how to become Christ's followers. Our mission statement, borrowing from Willow Creek, is to 'supplement the family in their attempt to lay a spiritual foundation that in God's timing will lead a child into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.'

Five Distinctive Values
1. We will be child-orientated in our approach
2. We will provide a safe place for children
3. We value relevant and creative teaching that is application orientated.
4. We value personal support for every child and leader through small groups where we can model an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.
5. Cool Kids will be a FUN place for all our children and leaders.


Children's and Family Pastor
Suzanne Derbyshire coordinates our Sunday Clubs and Mid-week programme for the under 11's. As a primary school teacher, Suzanne has taught in Yorkshire and at International Schools in Finland, Norway and Japan. Since returning from Japan in 1998 where she had taught for 8 years, Suzanne has been primarily involved in children's ministry both within the church and in local schools in Devon, where she has been involved in a wide variety of responsibilities including Sunday School, school assemblies, Christian lunch-time clubs, teaching RE lessons and organising and leading holiday Bible Clubs and Summer Camps. You can email Suzanne


Sunday Club Registration
To register your child for one of our Sunday Clubs, please download, complete and bring with you this Registration Form. If you are unable to download it, pick up a copy from the Church Reception. Click here to download.

Creche
Until their second birthday, children are welcome in the Crèche. It is supervised by at least two parent volunteers who look after the babies and toddlers in a caring Christian atmosphere. There are lots of toys, puzzles and colouring to keep them happy. If you wish to settle your child in to begin with, feel free to stay for a while or join the team.
If you would like to have your child baptised we would be delighted to discuss this with you. For details of our policy on Baptism click here.

Chipmunks
Pre-school toddlers aged 2-3 join Chipmunks led by Jill and her team. There are plenty of games and activities and parents are invirted to stay and help.

Scramblers and Climbers
In Scramblers (3 & 4 year olds) and Climbers (5 & 6 year olds) we have a lot of fun. We play games, do craft - including painting, playdoh, collage, colouring, and even cooking. We also listen, tell and act out stories, including many Bible stories, learning to worship God in our singing and praying. We get to know our leaders and make close friends in a loving environment. We meet in the Church Centre during the service.

Explorers
Lower Explorers (7 & 8 year olds) and Upper Explorers (9 & 10 year olds) is all about making new friends and seeing them each week, learning new things about God from the Bible and learning to live our lives the way he wants us to. We have fun playing games and having competitions, making things and being encouraged by our teachers.

Pathfinders
Pathfinders are cool (11-14). We spend a lot of time talking and learning from the Bible about the exciting ways God wants us to live our lives.
We also have mid-week 'popcorn parties' and regular outings, for example, to play bowling. [email protected] (Wednesdays at Church) meets every Wednesday at church around 7:00-8:30pm for fun, food and games. For more information phone 07970 647254 or email Mark & Megan.

 

Mark and Megan lead our really dynamic youth ministry and each week there is an action packed programme for 11-18 year olds - on Wednesday evenings (11-14) and Friday evenings (14-18) as well as Sunday evenings (14-18). We also hold Youth Services every third Sunday at 6:30pm but every Sunday evening service is cool. For more information phone 07970 647254 or email Mark & Megan. Check out their new website www.christianyouth.co.uk

Christ Church Child Protection Policy
Christ Church has a Child Protection Policy. You can also download a copy. Our Children's Representative is Kathryn Rogers

"I am the Children's representative for the parish, with responsibility for the implementation of the Diocesan guidelines on Child Protection. I am available to support children and youth workers and to talk over concerns anyone may have about a child who may be at risk of abuse - in any context. Please contact me by phone 01784-245602 or e-mail. All enquiries will be in the strictest confidence."

Sunday Club Registration
To register your child for one of our Sunday Clubs, please download, complete and bring with you this Registration Form. If you are unable to download it, pick up a copy from the Church Reception. Click here to download.


“CHERUBS at Christ Church” is our Baby and Toddler Group
We meet at Christ Church on Thursdays from 1.00 to 2.30pm. Come and join us for free play, craft, Bible story, singing - and coffee too! Parents, grandparents, au pairs, Nannies, childminders…. all welcome. And don’t forget to bring the kids!!