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 usually held on the second Sunday of the month.
  • Opportunity for adults and children to explore a Bible story together and respond in thought, conversation and crafts.
  • Check the calendar for when it's next on. 


Vibe Club 

  • For children and teenagers
  • Runs during the 4pm Informal Worship
  • Focuses on a specific Bible story or theme each week
  • Includes crafts, activities, games, prayers and songs


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.

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).

Crèche areasPhoto of children playing in the creche area

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.

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.