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, in the Ithamar Chapel, down in the Crypt at 10.30am. 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 up 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 Ithamar Chapel for their session.
Discoverers – age 6-10
This group usually moves to another part of the crypt 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 Ithamar Chapel. Forthcoming services include:
09:30 Junior Worship led by Liz Sadler and the Frogs in the Ithamar Chapel.
09:45 Sunday Club to meet earlier than usual. Cathedral Eucharist at 9.45 due to the Mayor's Dedication Service at 12 noon.
10:30 Family Eucharist and First Communion in the Nave.
23 June - Summer Picnic 12 noon onwards
All Sunday Club Families are invited, with the whole Cathedral Community, to a picnic lunch at Bishopscourt, after the morning service. You’ll need to bring your picnic and something to sit on. The weather will, I’m sure, have brightened up by then and we should have a fabulous afternoon in the lovely gardens of Bishopscourt. Bridget has booked a bouncy castle, so all in all, it should be a lot of fun for everyone! Further details to follow.
30 June - Worship on the Beach 11am - 3pm
Following last year’s successful outing, we have decided that this year’s summer outing will again be at the sea-side in Dymchurch. We have chosen to go in the morning, so that we’re there at low tide leaving plenty of beach to play on. As we will be missing the morning service, there will be a very short “worship on the beach” service at 11.30am. Hopefully the weather will be kind and the day will be lots of fun with picnics (bring your own), sand castle competition, beach games, ice-creams, paddling in the rock pools and sea etc. etc. Further details to follow.
Unfortunately with the dates for the First communion Service being changed, there are no summer term dates left available for the overnight camp in King’s Orchards, which Frogs have been looking forward to. I am hoping that maybe we can find a weekend in September instead….watch this space…
Sunday Club Holiday
Sunday club will be closed from 21/7/13 to 1/9/13 inclusive, so the first Sunday back will be on 8th September.
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.
If you would like to join the Sunday Club Staff team and help with the running of Sunday Club, you would be very warmly welcome. Please speak to Sugina or any of the leaders for more details.
Please contact the Canon Pastor (01634 202898) for more details.