Older children and teenagers

Coming into church for the first time can feel daunting, especially when you come with older children and teenagers in tow. This guide will let you know what to expect and hopefully put you at ease as you explore what ChristChurch has to offer.

Who are we?

ChristChurch is a friendly, welcoming church that has community and sharing the Good News of Jesus at its heart. We meet at Acton Community Resource Centre every Sunday morning at 10:30.
You can always be assured of a warm welcome and friendly face as you arrive and a great cuppa and biscuit at the end!

As you arrive:

The centre has a big car park, so parking should not be an issue. We encourage you to arrive 5-10 minutes early so that you can enjoy our countdown and get settled but also understand that organising the family can be a challenge, if you arrive late, please don’t worry, make your way all the way to the café area and the door on your left will lead you in to the back of church.

We know that older children and teenagers can find starting somewhere new daunting but let us assure you that upon arrival you will be welcomed on the door by our brilliant welcoming team.

Seating:
There are no pews so seating is flexible. If you would prefer not to sit in the middle of the congregation, please speak to someone at the back of the hall, they will be happy to assist you.

During the celebration:

During the celebration there will be various elements including times of singing, prayer, reading the Bible, listening to speakers etc. Please feel free to join in with as little or much as you want. We also understand that older children and teenagers don’t always feel comfortable to join in straight away, please rest assured that whilst we do encourage them to participate in the prayers, singing etc, there is plenty of space in the café or the back of church for a young person to have a break or chill out. We do have flags and instruments at the back that everyone can use in our worship.
The celebration will last just over an hour or so.

Toilets:
At any time during the celebration, the toilets can be accessed. The toilets are located close to the main entrance to the building.

Classes:

The older children and teenagers remain in the celebration for the first part and then leave for their classes. However if a child of secondary school age wishes to remain in the celebration, that is perfectly ok.

Mini-quest (ages 3-7) and Mega-quest (ages 8-11) – children are welcome to come to these classes on their own but you are welcome to come and meet the leaders and settle them in.

EAT (secondary school age) – older children and teenagers spend time ‘exploring a theme’ (EAT) with a leader. The young people at the beginning of every term discuss what they would like to explore and a plan is written up for the whole term. They also share a snack at the beginning of the session.

There is always the option of sitting in the café if your young person needs a quieter space at any time.

Socials:

The young people often like to spend social time together and so we aim to organise socials as often as we can, in the past these have included, trips bowling, going to the cinema, water parks, movie nights and walks.

Practical, Pastoral and Prayer

As a church, we care for one another. We support each other with practical help, pastoral help and through prayer.

We have weekly and monthly programmes that you and your young person would be welcome to attend. We offer mid-week Bible studies, monthly Wild Worship, twice yearly teenager parenting courses and have regular social times where parents and young people can meet up with one another.

We like to support each other in the good times and the bad. If you require any practical support, we will try and help in any way we can and will also direct you to charities and organisations with which we are affiliated.

As a church we really believe in the power of prayer and have many people within the church that would be happy to support you in prayer. Please email one of the people from this pamphlet to chat more about this.

Who can I go to for help and advice?

If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child we do have a designated safeguarding officer within the church or please feel free to contact any of the people listed in this pamphlet for more information.


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