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church for kids 2013



Check out what's happening in the Solihull Parish for children aged 0 to 11 and their families.


If you have any questions about anything on this page then please eMail our Parish Children’s Worker Linda Hicks or telephone 0121 270 7390 or 07838 670772.

Bringing the love of Jesus to the children of Solihull

Mid Week

Throughout the parish there are many events for families with children. Some are held weekly and others less frequently, but there is something for everyone!
See below for what's available.
0-5s : Weekly
Prams to Pre school Praise and Play
This group meets every Friday morning in term time in the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill Road from 9.30am.
We have a cuppa and a good chat, we sing songs and dance, we hear a story from the bible (and then have another cuppa!) Everyone is welcome to join us, it's never too early to start (some of our group are not walking yet!)

Little Treasures
This is an informal group for babies, toddlers and pre school children accompanied by their parents/carers. They meet in the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill Road, Solihull on Wednesday afternoons between 1.15 and 2.45pm.
Everyone welcome, just drop in.
0-5s : Monthly
Monthly midweek services especially aimed at babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families are available in each of the Team churches in the parish as follows:
Children's Praise
St Alphege Church - 2pm (usually 2nd Thursday of the month).
A simple craft is followed by a story, song time and a prayer. Children take part in the candle lighting and blowing out ceremony and can join mum in a snack afterwards.
Tots and Tinies
St Helen's Church - 1.45pm (2nd Monday of each month).
Story, craft and songtime followed by refreshments.
Daddy and Me
Room 1, Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill Road, Solihull - 10.30am. (usually the 1st Saturday in the month).
For Dads and under 5s. Toys for the children and bacon rolls for the Dads!
In School
The Children’s Ministry Team visits local Primary schools to offer Christian teaching and support for the RE curriculum. Here is a summary of the kinds of work that we do:
“Godly Play” Bible Story Clubs
We run a lunchtime club at at St Alphege Infant School for Year 2.
Children listen to a bible story told using illustrative models and have a time to 'wonder' about the different parts of the story before responding to it in art.
Godly Play groups have been running in the Parish for many years.
Worship in Assemblies
Members of the team regularly lead worship in a number of schools in the Parish:
  • St Alphege Infant and Junior 
  • Yew Tree
  • Saint Martins
Palm Cross making
For the past few years we have visited the St Alphege schools during Lent to show the children how to make Palm Crosses, using the opportunity to tell them about the events of Palm Sunday and their importance in the Easter Story.  

Journey to the Stable and the Easter Journey
In 2006 we ran our first 'journey', inviting over 400 children from local schools to discover what it might have felt like that first Christmas, as we featured a real baby in a manger and a chapel full of straw. In 2007 we added an Easter journey, following the days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Enjoyed by children, teachers, parents and all those who took part in recreating the scenes, we have continued to offer this very special experience to school children in our Parish. 
After School
Friday Fun @ 4
at St Helen’s Church St Helen's Road Fridays 4.00pm – 5.15pm term time.

A time of fun and fellowship for families. We sing, share stories, get messy with the art materials, enjoy a chocolate biscuit feast, share news and pray together. 

It's a great way to start the weekend.


Children are an essential part of our church community. Church is no longer a place for children to be seen and not heard. It is a place where children can play a valued part and have opportunities to nurture their talents and their friendships and to worship God in a way appropriate to their age. Each of our churches has teams leading Sunday Club and All Age Worship.
Check out what's happening at each of our team churches.
St Alphege
The Junction
The Junction meets every Sunday at 9.15am (except for the 2nd Sunday when it is all Age) in the main hall of the Oliver Bird Hall (just behind the Church) with groups for children and adults and is designed to meet the wide ranging needs of all families with the aim to enable everyone to grow in faith and commitment- in a forum that suits them best.
Children under 4 must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
A short service is held which is designed to be accessible , engaging, informal and participative and includes songs, prayers and a bible story.

Everyone then divides into the following groups:
  • infant school children do activities relating to the theme of the day
  • under 4s do activities appropriate to their age
  • an adult bible study is run for parents
Rock Solid Café (junior school age children)
Meet at 9.15am in the main hall of the Oliver Bird Hall  then move after opening songs and prayers into Room 5 in the Oliver Bird Hall for age appropriate activities.
All the groups join the church building congregation at approximately 10am to receive Holy Communion or a blessing.
All Age Worship
On the 2nd Sunday in the month children join the rest of the congregation for all age worship in church. The band plays a mix of contemporary and traditional hymns and songs. The service starts at 9.15am (yes, we know it's early but at least you have the rest of the day available to you!) and includes the Eucharist (i.e. bread and wine). Large screens are often used as part of the presentations.

St Helen
Crèche and Sunday Club
Crèche : 10.00am Sundays
There is a crèche for babies and children too young for Sunday Club.  They are very welcome and are looked after by members of the church family, so that parents can join in the worship.
Sunday Club : 10.00 am every Sunday except 3rd Sunday
We welcome children from the age of about 3½ when they start Nursery school. Our morning commences with singing, prayers and a story, and then we divide into groups according to age for appropriate activities. We aim to make the sessions enjoyable and to tell the children some of the Bible stories and teach the basic messages of the Christian faith. The children come into the main service for a blessing at the altar rail during the distribution of Communion.
The teaching is done by members of the church community.

The Sunday Club has always been an important part of the life of St Helen’s and we hope to make children feel welcome and at home both here and in church. 
Friends Club : on the 1st Sunday of the month 
The junior school aged children meet separately in the Godly Play classroom at St. Helen's for a time of marshmallows, hot chocolate, friendship and fun.
All Age Worship
St Helen’s Church holds its All Age Worship service on the third Sunday of the month at 10am.
It is a short service (about 40 minutes) where all people meet for informal, friendly worship. This service does not normally include Holy Communion.  A variety of people are involved in the presentation of the worship, which is based around a theme.
St Michael
Crèche and Sunday Club : 10.30am (except 2nd Sunday when it is All Age)
There is a lively crèche for the little ones during Sunday morning services. Children rejoin the congregation for a blessing towards the end of the service.

There is a fun Sunday Club for older children during Sunday morning services. Children rejoin the congregation for a blessing or communion towards the end of the service.
All Age Worship
St Michael’s all age worship at 10.30 am on the 2nd Sunday of the month follows simple themes such as ‘God’s Love’, ‘Following Jesus’ or ‘Families’. All-Age services also happen on special occasions such as Harvest, Mothering Sunday and Remembrance Sunday. The Rainbows, Brownies, Cubs and Beavers usually attend this service and the children often take a role in leading the worship. The service is a mixture of fun activities, lively songs and creative prayers, though quiet worship and reflection often plays a part too.



Junior Growth Groups
Following on from First Communion preparation these small groups provide a mix of teaching and discussion with games, craft and other activities that are age appropriate and fun.