We consider children and young people to be an extremely important part of our Beacon community. We take their care very seriously, but love to provide fun, challenging and safe environments for them to learn and play in. Here are some of our Youth and Children activities for you to find out more….
Sunday Children’s Church
Sunday Morning (9.30am and 11.15am) Beacon International Centre (BIC) services include a wide variety of children’s activities. For our youngest attendees (under 3’s) we provide a safe and secure creche with a variety of toys for play (9.30am service only). Or, if you prefer, we don’t mind at all if babies accompany their parents or carers throughout the service and can provide a selection of toys to keep little hands busy if this helps.
Those aged 3-6 years can enjoy their own class with a Bible story, crafts and plenty of themed free play. Those aged 6-11 years get the opportunity for more active games, Bible story and teaching as well as crafts. High schoolers can take part in a Bible discussion with games and activities at the 11.15am service.
Sunday Mornings monthly at Pub Church, Highfields and Simply Church, Marston Grange also provide children’s work for families that attend with a variety of Bible stories, crafts and activities depending on the age of the children attending.
Midweek Activities for Under 5’s
Tuesday is Different runs, not surprisingly every Tuesday during term time at Sandon Road from 10.00-11.30am. This friendly group offers an opportunity for parents and carers and their children to enjoy a wide range of play activities, an enclosed outdoor play area and snacks and drinks for both parents, carers and children. No pre-booking is required, just pop along and join in. The first session is free then it’s £1 per family. For more information contact email@example.com.
Then on Thursdays during term time on Marston Grange at Beacon Church House, ST16 1WF, 10.00-11.30am there is a second toddler group for the Marston Grange community. Contact Kevin on (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Sandon Road Pre-school Playgroup
Sandon Road Pre-school operates five days a week from 9.00am to 3.00pm. The Pre-School is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and accepts children from the age of two years old. It operates as a not for profit venture and is hugely committed to the development and learning of the children in its care. For more information or to arrange a visit please contact the Pre-school Manager Ruth Concar on 01785 747182.
Girls Brigades meet on Wednesdays from 6.30pm at Sandon Road. The group for ages 5 to 18 years have a fun evening of games, activities and crafts. For more information contact Jane Jones on 01785 813053 or email email@example.com.
Boys Brigades meet on Tuesdays from 6.30pm at Sandon Road. The group from ages 5 to 18 years have a fun evening of games, activities and crafts. For more information contact Colin Doughty on 01785 257680.
Stafford Brigades Marching Band meet Mondays from 6.30pm at Sandon Road. The band is open to all children and young people aged 6 years and older, with a strong youth section. Members start as cadets, are provided full tuition and are able to borrow instruments whilst getting the opportunity to perform and compete both locally, regionally and nationally. For more information contact Bandmaster Jane Jones on 01785 813053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beacon Church runs Messy Church as an after school club at John Wheeldon Primary Academy once every half term. Based each time around a Bible story we enjoy fun, games and activities including a gunging at the end. Free to all John Wheeldon Pupils and their families. Times and dates for these events will be publicised through the school.
In addition to Brigades, Band and Sunday mornings the Young People of Beacon also have ‘Jesus and Chill’ every third Sunday at the Beacon from 6.30-8.30pm. For ages 11 upwards, ‘Jesus & Chill’ looks to provide a safe environment for young people to be themselves, socialise, learn and ask questions about Jesus. We also run a number of small groups for young people providing them opportunity to grow in their faith together. For more information about youth activities please contact email@example.com.