Jesus had much to say about children and we take his instruction to value them seriously. We want the children in our church community to enjoy belonging to Shipley Baptist Church and to have the freedom to explore faith in a way that makes sense to them.
Our regular Sunday morning worship aims to be a free and welcoming space for children. Most Sundays our children go to their own groups after about 20 minutes of the church community worshipping together. In their groups they explore faith through various fun activities. We have a crèche for the youngest of our community.
Each month we come together across ages using Scripture Union’s Explore Together resource. This helps our children to explore the Bible using natural learning preferences. We like it so much that once a quarter we try to bring the whole church together on a Sunday morning to hear from God and learn from each other.
Every Thursday during term time, from 1pm-3pm, we have a toddler group from ages 0-4. For children from 6months, the cost is 50p and includes a snack for the children, and tea and cake for the parents or guardians.
We also work with the Zephaniah Trust each summer to run a week-long holiday club at Shipley Baptist Church.