children + families
Little Stars meets on Monday mornings (term time only) from 10am to 12 noon in The Chapter House. We are a friendly group who meet in a relaxed environment where the children can play safely and adults can chat whilst caring for the children in their care. We offer light refreshments and end the morning with music time.
St Andrew’s Messy Church meets at 4.30pm in the Chapter House on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (apart from August) for fun, fellowship and food. NB At present Messy Church is suspended due to Covid restrictions
Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him. A typical session includes a welcome, a long creative time to explore a bible theme through ‘messy’ activities; a short celebration or worship time with a story, prayer, song, game etc; and a sit-down meal together at tables.
We begin at 4.30pm with registration and then about 50 minutes of creative activities and games for adults and children to enjoy together. At 5.20pm, (apart from those preparing the meal) we go through to the church for our worship time. This is lively and interactive, but may also involve a few minutes of quiet listening to a story, drama or video. At 5.45pm we return to the Chapter House for our sit down meal, finishing at about 6.15pm.
There is no charge for attending Messy Church! It’s free! But we do welcome donations to help with the cost of food and materials.
Messy Church is for families to enjoy together - children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/carer.
Parents/carers are responsible for supervising their own children during Messy Church.
Activities are designed for parents to do with their children.
We cater for a wide range of ages and not all activities are suitable for very young children.
St. Andrew’s youth group meet on Friday nights, 7.30pm - 9.30pm in the Chapter House. For 12 year olds and over. A friendly and relaxed space to chill and have fun. Everyone welcome!
Youth group is not currently meeting owing to Covid restrictions.
Identity Youth Project is a charity based in Gorleston that works with local churches, including St. Andrews, to work with young people, no matter whether they have a faith or none at all. Identity does this through regular groups and events. If you would like to know more about the work of Identity please go to www.identityyouth.co.uk