Crofton Kids – with Crofton Cat
All the children and family groups and activities in Crofton Parish come under one banner – Crofton Kids.
If you have a baby, pre-schoolers, or children aged up to eleven please come to any of our groups and events. You might even get to meet our larger than life mascot Crofton Cat! Give him a high-five if you meet him!
We have lots of Crofton Kids activities going on throughout the year. Some are on Sunday mornings while others are on weekdays or are occasional events.
Take a look at the groups listed below, and look out for seasonal extras like the Scratch Nativity acted by children (the Sunday before Christmas) and our Live Nativity where you can meet the animals and characters from the Nativity story.
To ensure the safety of everyone who attends our groups we perform background checks on all our staff and volunteers and they undergo safeguarding training.
Sunday Children’s Activities
There is always something specially for children on a Sunday morning. On most weeks children start in church with their parents / carers before leaving to go to their Sunday Groups. They return to church at the last song. During school holidays and on a few other Sundays we have an All-Age-Service.
Groups for children and young people meet in the Church Centre during the 10:00am service on Sundays at Holy Rood:
Wrigglers is for babies and toddlers from birth up to the term of their 3rd birthday. We play with toys, read books and do craft. The team are happy to look after your child or you can stay and play. Wrigglers meet in the Oak Room (downstairs Centre). Parents can take babies and pre-walkers to the Baby Room (with video link) at the back of the church if they wish.
Scramblers is for pre-school children from the term of their 3rd birthday. We play, have fun and do crafts, with a Bible story to learn that God loves us. Scramblers meet in the Maple Room (downstairs Centre).
Crofton United is our new group where Climbers (for infant children in YR-Y2) and Explorers (for junior children in Y3-Y6) meet together to learn and have fun. There are no dull moments as we play games, do activities together and learn about following Jesus. We meet in the Centre Hall.
At All-Age Services, a short activity is generally provided for all children in the Centre Hall or in the Church during the talk. On these occasions the Baby Room at the back of the Church is also available for parents with babies and pre-walkers.
Saturday Groups for Children and Families
Family Fun Afternoons: take place six times a year on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 3:30pm. Family Fun Afternoons are for families with children in primary school, but children slightly younger or older are welcome – all are welcome even if you have no other connection with the parish. During the afternoon the whole church and centre is taken over with various zones: a sports zone, a glamour zone, a craft zone, a build zone, a cafe zone and whatever else the team come up with that month! This is a great chance for the whole family to have fun together and to make new friends – do give it a try!
Mid-week Groups for Children and Families
Little Fish Toddler Groups: for parents / carers and their pre school children, meet at the church centre on Wednesday mornings in term time from 9.30 am to 11 am, and on Thursday mornings from 10 am to 11.30 am. We offer a wide range of activities including craft, singing, and noisy and quiet play. Do drop in at any session!
Breathe: is a weekly get together for Christian parents that their kids can also attend.
This is a chance for parents of young children to simply … Breath, chat, eat and share a journey together in Christ!
All parents and their children are welcome to these very informal gathering. Bring your evening meal and eat together with the other parents and children. Then chat together while your children enjoy the activities set out for them.
For more information please speak to Chris or Claire Willis
Acorn Pre School
Crofton Parish has had a close relationship with the Acorn Pre School since their founding. Acorn meets in the Parish Centre on weekdays during term time. They meet from 9:00 to 3:30 every day except Wednesday when they start at 12:00. Acorn’s aim is to work in partnership with parents to provide high quality child care and education for children aged between two and the statutory school age.
For more information about the Acorn Pre School please contact their Manager Mrs Jayne Smith on 07961 523738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.