Children & youth

We welcome children of all ages to worship and learn about God with us.

Our Aim

To show children they are loved and accepted by God, and to help them understand what it means to be a Christian.

In Cricklade

Explore Together 

  • Part of the 4pm Informal Worship and held on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Opportunity for adults and children to explore a Bible story together and respond in thought, conversation, crafts and messy play.
  • Check the calendar for when it's next on. 

S Club 

  • For 3-11 year olds
  • Runs most Sundays during the 4pm Informal Worship at St Sampson's Primary School
  • Focuses on a specific Bible story or theme each week
  • Includes crafts, activities, games, prayers and songs

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In Ashton Keynes

Messy Church 

  • Based on the values of friendship and hospitality, it’s a fun and creative community for all ages in which we all belong to Jesus.
  • Stories, songs, games, crafts and activities help bring Bible stories to life and we finish with tea together.  We’ve explored Bible Superheroes as well as some of the amazing things Jesus told us and showed us.
  • It’s usually help on the 3rd Sunday of the month, 4-5.30pm in the school hall, Ashton Keynes Primary School in Gosditch. We all sit down to one of Clare's cooked teas at the end of our time together.

Monthly ‘Time All Together’ informal worship for all God’s family

  • For anyone from 8 days to 88 years old – all are welcome and we hope you'll find something that's just right for you. This is our newest venture and is usually held at 4pm on the first Sunday in the month; often in school, sometimes in the church.
  • With a story (often as a drama), a thought for the day, a challenge, prayer time and song, why not come and let’s connect with God all-together. 

Ashton Keynes Youth Café

  • Welcomes any young people who are in years 6 and 7.  
  • Held on Tuesdays in term time 4–5.30pm in The White Hart function room.
  • There’s a tuck shop, drinks (sometimes hot chocolate and toast) and games (table tennis, table football, as well as many games like scalectrix, monopoly). And in summer we use the garden.
  • Youth Café members are free to choose what they do from what’s on offer and often just like to sit and chat. They tell us “it’s great to meet and chat with your friends”, “It’s a good chance to see people in other years”, “We like the freedom”.
  • Sometimes the young people make presents and cards for members of the community and we deliver them with good wishes from our young people. 

In Leigh

JAM sessions at All Saints', Leigh

  • JAM = Jesus And Me. And it’s after school in All Saint's Church, Leigh, 4.15–5.15pm monthly on Fridays in summer months.
  • For children and young people, and their families too we explore Jesus in our lives through activities and we always have biscuits to decorate! 

And across our churches

Open the Book assemblies in primary schools

  • Bringing the Bible to life through dramatised readings and children participate too in many different ways.
  • Volunteers are welcome to join these Churches Together teams in Cricklade and Ashton Keynes.
  • Cricklade Primary School every Wednesday, (meet at 8.30am).
  • Ashton Keynes Primary School, roughly three Fridays a month (meet at 8.30am).

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There is a small crèche area in St Sampson's and in Holy Cross where parents can entertain younger children during the service whilst still hearing what’s going on. 

Children and Communion

Children who are old enough to understand the importance of communion but are too young to be confirmed are able to take communion in this diocese after suitable preparation and with the agreement of their parents/guardians. We run a course for young people to prepare them. If your children would like to consider this and you are happy for them to do so or if there are families who you know would be interested, please let contact us.

Holiday Club

Run in partnership with Churches Together, Holiday Club features songs, stories and crafts to help primary-age children learn more about God. 

Bell ringers and music group

Young people are always welcome to join in either of these activities. Do speak to someone in church to find out more.

Safeguarding Policy

We have a Safeguarding Policy in accordance with the Children’s Act to ensure the well being of your children. Avril Fray is the Safeguarding Officer for all the Upper Thames Churches. In Ashton Keynes and Leigh, Yvonne Edmunds is the nominated person for child protection.