CHILDREN & YOUTH
At St John's we are committed to ministering to the whole family of God. Children and young people are a valued and integral part of our family.
The second Sunday of each month at 9.20am is our 'Up Front' service that is tailored to be accessible for children and adults. Every other Sunday we run children's groups catering for 0-18. The groups return to Church in time for families to receive Communion together. All leaders are DBS checked. Children are also welcome to stay in the service; to sing in the choir; or serve at the altar.
Details of our various children and youth groups are below. For Sunday groups, just turn up at 9.20am and the welcome team can point you in the direction of the appropriate group leader.
For more details on any of our work with children or youth contact Rev Olivia Maxfield-Coote.
Sunday: Ages 5-7
Sunday School is for children aged 5–7 years old. We learn about the readings taking place in church that week and make a craft or do some puzzles relating to it, enjoying fellowship and fun whilst learning about God's Word with our friends. We always share what we have learned with the congregation when we return to church.
All young people are welcome, whether visiting that week or regular church attenders.
Sunday: Ages 0-4
Little Lambs is a pre-school group for babies and toddlers aged 0-4 years.We meet every Sunday during the main church service. We start with worship songs and instruments, followed by a bible story and craft.
We have a snack and then play or read stories.
After the session we always come back and share what we have been doing with the rest of the church.
Parents are welcome to stay or leave their children.
Sunday: Ages 7-11
We meet on Sundays and have fun learning more about God’s word through drama, sharing ideas and experiences, singing, praise, prayer and many different activities.
The children become familiar with using their bibles, and linking God’s word from the bible with situations in their own lives.
Following the group session, the children look forward to sharing what they have learnt, made, written or drawn with the rest of the congregation.
This is our baby and pre-school group, held in St John's Church each week in term time. It's completely free and totally relaxed. We know how hard parenting can be so just turn up and join in the songs, games and prayers and we'll make sure you have plenty of coffee and nice people to hang out with. We usually finish at about 11.30am so just turn up whenever you can get to us. We look forward to meeting you and your little ones.
Thursday 10.00am: Ages 0-5
Sunday: Ages 11-18
We follow an exciting and varied programme, enjoying fellowship and fun (along with hot chocolate) whilst looking at God's Word to discover how it can change our everyday life. We explore the Christian faith in ways that link to our own lives and the community in which we serve.
Our young people enjoy sharing their faith in a way that is relevant to them whilst growing in their relationship with God.
We are always open to welcome both New Members and Christian Leaders called to this exciting ministry.
We meet once a month for children (7-11 years) and young people (11-18 years) from the churches of the Epping area and their invited friends.
EPYC offers local Christian children and young people from a range of churches and schools a chance to meet up to socialise, worship, learn about their faith, play games and work on projects. It also provides an opportunity for them to invite interested friends along and share their faith.
Our active and lively Junior Choir is always open to new members. No experience is necessary for children as not only are they taught to sing, they are also taught to read and follow music as well as sing in different languages, including Latin! We follow the RSCM's Voice for Life scheme which is a progressive training scheme and allows children to work towards different “badges”. Children should be 7 years or older and all we ask for is a regular and punctual commitment to weekly practices and services. Rehearsals take place on Thursdays: Junior Choir 7.00pm - 7.45pm, Adult Choir 7.45 - 9.00pm. For further details, please see our Music and Choir pages.