Children & Families
Each Sunday families are welcome to join in our worship. Some of the children help us in our worship by playing music, reading, singing and leading prayers. Once a month our service is an all age worship service.
For the rest of the month the children and the young people are invited to join the Sunday School. For younger children we have a lively crèche in the room at the front of the church called 'The Haven', for children aged 3-6 years old there are also 'Godly Play' sessions in the chapel.
Sing A New sonG (SANG)
Sing A New sonG (SANG) is a hugely popular music group for 0-4 year olds and their parent/carers, run as a joint initiative by churches together across North Arbury and held in The Good Shepherd from 10am every Monday. Drawing out of the Biblical context of ‘singing a new song to the Lord’, the group has four main aims:
To provide a joyful, fun, energetic time of singing and making music together!
To become a local community of ‘surprising kindness’, within which parents/carers can share support, build friendships and find encouragement midst the hard task of caring for very young children.
To gently hold prayerful space for people to reconnect with themselves and their own spiritual journeys midst the business and pressures of life.
To offer invitations and signposting to other services, events, courses in the local area which might be of further interest and support.
Our toddler group meets on a Friday morning in the church hall. This group is for anyone caring for a child up to school age. Along with the toys they also provide an art activity and join in a few short services in the church to mark special occasions.
Red Hen Coffee morning
The Red Hen Project holds coffee mornings in the church hall every Monday during term time. The group has parents and preschool children from the local community, generally with children attending the primary schools who are supported by the project. They are Arbury, The Grove, King’s Hedges, Orchard Park and Shirley. The sessions are friendly and relaxed and offer play activities for the children, peer support from other parents and advice from the family workers as well as a cooked breakfast of bacon sandwiches, fresh fruit and bread and butter.
During the school holidays we seek to provide a free lunch and activities for families in the community. For further details see the events page or community action tab.
COGS Youth are a group of young people who regularly meet on a Sunday evening between 5pm and 6.30pm at Church of The Good Shepherd.We spend time hanging out together, playing games, chatting, talking about God and praying. It allows us to have discussions about what we think and explore further what the bible has to say. Occasionally we don’t meet at the church but do something different. To find out more about the group, where we’ll be meeting this Sunday and get involved contact Jax on: 07922704143.
We have groups of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Rainbows who meet each week in the Church Hall and join us at 10 o’clock on Sundays once a term for a Parade Service.
The members of the church regularly participate in the life of the local schools, taking monthly assemblies and teaching RE. The schools also come to visit the church to explore a Christian place of worship in their community.
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