Twinkle, Sparklers and Shine
On Sundays during our 9.15am service we hold groups for our children: Twinkle (0-3s), Sparklers (3-5s) and Shine (6-11s).
Our mission is to bring children into a relationship with Jesus in a fun, accessible and meaningful way. We do this by modelling Christ-like living and encouraging each child to the same through Bible-based teaching from enthusiastic leaders and inviting the children to share in the story through discussion, worship, craft, games and prayer.
If you would like to know more about our Sunday children’s groups James Locke our Children’s Minister would love to hear from you.
Baby and Toddler club
Our Baby & Toddler Club has served the diverse families of this community for over 30 years. We meet on Thursday mornings 10-11.45am during term time.
Our goals are to:
Encourage friendships among parents and caregivers in a comfortable and nurturing environment
Equip parents and caregivers with positive methods for engaging and stimulating young children through play, in a safe & appropriate way
Our morning includes role play activities, arts & crafts, story time, toys & sports, music & singing, plus there is tea and coffee for parents/carers.
We provide space for three developmental stages:
Babies up to crawling
Crawling & early walkers
On the run!
Baby and Toddler Club is just £1.50 per family per week.
Please get in touch with James Locke, our Children’s Minister, for more information.
JIGS is a midweek after school group for children in Year 3- 6 to explore what faith in Jesus means for them. There are games and activities as well as time for discussion, bible study and prayer.
JIGS takes place in the Arch Room, just above the main entrance to Emmanuel on Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm during term time.
If you are interested in coming along please contact James Locke, our Children’s Minister.
In June 2019 JIGS wrote and recorded their very own worship song, choosing the theme, writing the lyrics and creating a tune. Then we recorded them singing their song. It’s called 'He is the One'. We hope you enjoy as much as we enjoyed making it! Maybe you'll be inspired to write your very own song of praise to God!
The Toy Library is open every Thursday 10am-12.30pm during term time in the Westgate (the front of church). We have a huge range of toys suitable for 0-5 year olds, puzzles and games for children up to age 8, and some baby equipment. Our stock includes Jumperoo, baby toys, puzzles and trampolines, games, puzzles, musical instruments, role play and dressing up clothes. We also have large outdoor toys including slides, bicycles, junior trampolines and ride-ons. We have some toys for those with special needs, and we sometimes have items for sale.
Membership is £2 per family per year. Large toys are £1 and medium/small toys 50p to borrow for two weeks. Baby equipment (buggies, travel cots etc.) are from £3. Holiday borrowing can be arranged.
To contact the Toy Library please call 01923 845202 during Toy Library opening hours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Let The Dads Out?
As we serve a loving Father God who cares for and loves each of his children, we really want to bless and encourage dads and their children in the bond that they have. For this reason, Emmanuel hosts a dads and toddlers group once a month on a Saturday morning to encourage and bless the relationship between fathers and their children in our church and in the wider community.
This is what we envisage ‘Who Let The Dads Out?’ looking like:
Dads/father figures and their children sharing quality time together
A relaxed welcome including breakfast, tea and coffee
Lots of age-appropriate toys, books, games and activities, including Scalextric!
A Bible-themed craft plus story or song time
Good conversations with others at a similar life stage
If you are a father, grandfather or father figure, please bring yourselves, your children and other local dads along to the next session in the Africa Lounge, usually the 2nd Saturday of the month - please see the calendar page for the next one. Contact James Locke, our Children’s Minister, for more info.
Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. It enables young and old to meet God through craft and play and is found across the world.
A Messy Church service typically includes a welcome, a long creative time to explore a Biblical theme through getting messy; a short celebration time involving story, prayer, songs and games; and having some food and drink together.
Check the calendar page for our next Messy Church service. Contact James Locke for more information.