5PM CHILDREN'S GROUPS

Our 5pm family service starts with refreshments at 4.30pm. Each week has a different feel and you can find out more about the monthly pattern of our services by clicking here. There are groups at this service for children and young people from age 4 years to year 9. 

  • Children who are not yet 4 years old are welcome to stay in the service or parents/carers can use the crèche area off the Narthex. This is not supervised but there is a speaker on the wall that can be turned on so you can hear the service and there are toys in the cupboards.
  • Groups run on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month divided into ages as follows:

Lightning Children's Group 

Lightning : aged 4 years to school year 4

Lightning Children Group 

Blaze : school years 5 and year 6

Nexus Children's Group

Nexus : school years 7+ Click here to find details of our fantastic youth ministry 

On the 4th Sunday of the month, at In The Mix, the children and young people are all together in church for their own worship and activities. We write our own children’s programme at 5pm that links with the adult themes so that families can learn about God together.

  • We have a smaller congregation than at 10.30am and encourage everyone to fully participate whatever their age. As well as coming to groups there are opportunities for children and young people to serve, use their gifts and be included in services. We have all age family focused special activities/ services at least termly.

For more information contact:

Julia Perry – 5pm group co-ordinator julesperry@btinternet.com
Dan Watts – Associate Minister daniel.watts11@me.com

We encourage you to meet our leaders who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please speak to one of our 5pm welcomers before the service who will be happy to introduce you to one of the children and young people’s team leaders.


  1. Parent FAQ

     This section is coming soon

  2. Registration

    At the beginning of every new school year in September we ask existing and new parents to complete a registration form for each child. 

  3. Safeguarding & Child Protection

    The nature of this ministry means Children’s leaders and helpers should develop strong and trusted relationships with the children. As a result of this trust all leaders and helpers may be seen as confidants by the children. Children may want to share with these people details of their life. It is important that all leaders and helpers know, understand and follow the parish policies relating to child protection and safeguarding. These can be obtained from the Church website or from the church office.

    This church recognises and values children and young people (anyone under the age of 18) as equal partners in the life and ministry of the church, and desires to encourage them to explore, discover and grow as disciples. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) takes seriously its obligations and responsibilities to protect and safeguard the welfare of any child or young person (i.e. under the age of 18 years) entrusted to the church’s care.

    Therefore in the church’s provision and ministry, the PCC 

    Will ensure that both employed and volunteer children’s and youth workers and all other persons working within the church who may have contact with children or young people through this work are properly and appropriately selected and appointed as set out in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales Safeguarding policy.

    Will actively seek to protect and safeguard the physical, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and young people while in the care of the church.

    Accepts responsibility for the activities of the children’s and youth groups operating under its auspices.

    Leaders and helpers should all know, understand and follow the parish policies relating to child protection and safeguarding. These are available from the Office or on the church website.

    Will have clear procedures for responding to suspicions or allegations about abuse, or inappropriate behaviours towards children and young people by any member of the church, and procedures for working with known offenders attending the church.

    Using the cause for concern form available from the Church Office or church website to report any safeguarding concerns relating to children. (see example overleaf)

    Will require all leaders and helpers to operate within its guidelines.

    Attending safeguarding training at church at least every 5 years

    Will ensure that children’s/youth workers and volunteers are given adequate support and training.

    Will annually appoint a Parish Child Protection Representative.

    Will annually review the Parish Safeguarding Policy and procedures.

    Will maintain appropriate Third Party Liability insurance for the church work among children and young people.

CHILDREN'S CONTACT

Minister for Youth & Families –
Dan Watts 
click here to email Dan.

5pm Children’s Group Co-ordinator –
Julia Perry click here to email Julia

10.30am Children’s Group Co-ordinator –
Rachel Tunnicliffe click here to email Rachel

Children’s Events Co-ordinator – 
Karen Allen click here to email Karen

OTHER GROUPS

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