Rochester Cathedral Sunday Club
Children of all ages are very welcome to join Rochester Cathedral's Sunday Club.
The club meets every Sunday morning, in term time,currently in the Education Dept at 10.30am whilst the Ithamar Chapel and Crypt are being renovated. After some games, songs, refreshments and a time of sharing, children are split into two or three different age groups and go to different areas for the rest of the session. The sessions are run by a dedicated team of staff, all CRB checked, who teach faith and help the children experience God's love through a variety of activities, for example: through bible and other stories, discussion, drama, craft, cooking, games and prayer. The session ends with the children being brought over to Communion and then return to sit with their parents until the end of the service.
Although many members are unable to come to Sunday Club regularly – due to other commitments, often within the Cathedral – they are always welcome when they can come and at the many events on offer throughout the year, including:
- a summer picnic with games
- Easter egg hunt
- donkey procession
- sea-side outings
- children's services
- Christmas and bonfire parties
- craft mornings, pizza making
- ...to name but a few.
The three groups within Sunday Club are:
Little Seekers – age 0-6 years (year 1)
After an initial time of sharing, Little Seekers stay in the Education Dept for their session.
Discoverers – age 6-10
This group usually moves to another part of the Education Dept for their session.
Frogs – age 11 upwards
This lively active group of young people have their own programme of fun, food, friendship and fellowship.
Sunday Club Policy
Parents of Seekers and Discoverers are expected to stay on the Cathedral premises, while Frogs don't need a parent on site. In exceptional circumstances where parents have to leave the cathedral they MUST discuss and agree this beforehand with the Sunday Club leader on duty.
All-age Cathedral Eucharist / Junior Worship
There are bi-monthly All-age Cathedral Eucharists at 10.30am in the Cathedral Nave. These are generally shorter, accessible services. Junior Worship is also bi-monthly, and will remain in its current format, at 10.30am in the Education Department. Forthcoming services include:
Sunday 6 March
- All Age Eucharist for Mothering Sunday at 10.30 in the Nave
Sunday 27 March
- Easter Sunday Children's Eucharist led by Canon Paul Francis at 10.30 in King's School Hall
Sunday Club Holiday
Sunday club will be closed on Sunday 3 April and Sunday 10 April 2016 for the holidays.
Pancake making: Sunday 7th February
A chance for everyone to enjoy making and eating pancakes. All Children aged 7 or under to go to the Ed & Visits building as usual. All Children aged 8 or over, please go to Sugina’s house at 2, Kings Orchard ME11TG. Please email Sugina for the over 8’s coming to her house, so she has a rough idea of numbers.
Family Fun Day: Saturday 20th February 10am -2pm
There will be a variety of different and interesting crafts and activities for your children to enjoy in the Cathedral, so do come and bring family and friends along with you!
Games Morning: Sunday 21st February at 10.30am, Ed & Visits Building
This will be a fun, interactive morning with the opportunity to try out a variety of board and other games, suitable for all ages. If you have a favourite game, then do bring it along.
Illuminating Beasts Workshop: Saturday 5 March, 9.30 - 11.30 or Saturday 21 May, 13.30 – 15.30
Many medieval manuscripts were decorated with illuminated borders, and large colorful letters which were sometimes covered with beautiful designs. Images from the natural world were used including creatures, real and mythical. Come and join lettering artist Nick Stewart, in a workshop to create your own version of an illuminated letter. Family workshop for parents and children (max 2 children per adult, minimum age 8 years old). £10 deposit - returnable at the workshop. Places must be booked in advance - contact Helen or Sue on 01634 810066 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mothering Sunday: 6th March at 10.30am
This is an All Age Worship and so there will be no Sunday Club and instead we will all be in the Cathedral together for the morning service.
Kids Zone Outing: Sunday 13th March from 1-3pm for Seekers + Discoverers ie under 11’s
We will meet at the front entrance of Kidzone at 1pm: 661 Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3QJ
We hope that as many of you as possible will join us for this “Sunday Club Spring Party”, where the children will have the fabulous opportunity to have fun playing together on the three-storey soft play area with lots of ball pools, tunnels, overhead rope bridges, squeeze-through rollers, slides and a special under 5’s toy play area, whilst us adults can have a cuppa, relax, chat and get to know each other a bit better. Even more perfect is that a hot meal will be provided for the children and a little party bag. This all comes at the bargain price of £5/ child. Please let Sugina know if you are coming. Older children are welcome to come as helpers, helping the younger children on the play equipment, but please let me know of their intention to come.
Palm Sunday: 20th March at 10.30am
As usual, there will be the Blessing of Palms and Procession with at least one donkey, meeting in the High Street at La Providence. Following this, we will be having special children’s Stations of the Cross service in King’s Orchard, followed by donkey rides and hot cross buns. Unfortunately with the Crypt out of action, in the event of bad weather, we will have to cancel the outdoor service and join the main congregation in the Cathedral.
Easter Sunday: 27th March at 10.30 am
This will be celebrated with a Children’s Eucharistic Service in King’s School Hall, followed by an Easter Egg hunt in King’s Orchard. Finishing time is uncertain and so if the Cathedral Service has finished then please do come and find us. If we finish early, we will join the main congregation for the end of the 10.30am Eucharist.
Exploring Communion Course
This is an enjoyable course for any child aged 7 and above who is interested in taking Communion. If there is sufficient interest, it will be running over 5 weeks in the summer term, with the First Communion Service in early July. If your child is interested then please do email Sugina.
We aim to mark each child's Birthday. In order for this to happen, your child needs to be registered. If they are not, or if you know of family or friends who are not and who would like to be, then please contact me or another member of the team with details. Once registered, your family will also receive regular news letters with information about forthcoming events.
We offer squash, biscuits and occasional fruit / treats in Sunday Club. Please let Sugina or any one of the team know if your child has any known allergies. Thank you.
Sadly, we have had a few Sunday Club leaders and helpers leave the staff team this year and so if any parent feels they could commit to one Sunday a month to help out with Sunday Club, please speak to Sugina or any of the leaders for more details.
Please contact the Canon Pastor (01634 202898) for more details.
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