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 29 November 2015 - Toy service at 10.30am in the Nave
We will be collecting NEW toys, unwrapped please for children of any age. These will be given to the Strood Community Project, who work in this locality, supporting families who are struggling to cope. They each receive a Christmas hamper, which will contain toys donated by us. Thankyou in advance for being generous in your giving and support for this important work.
Sunday Club Holiday
Sunday club will be closed on Sunday 27 December 2015 and Sunday 3 January 2016 for the Christmas holidays.
Sunday 6 December 2015 - Early start time of 09.45 due to the Dickens Festival
Sunday 13 December 2015 - Christmas Crafts session
Do encourage your children to take this great opportunity to create their very own hand-made Christmas gifts for friends and family, at 10.30am in the Education and Visits Building. There will be a variety of things on offer to make, suitable for all ages and abilities.
Sunday 13 December 2015 - Sunday Club Christmas Party
Is for all members of Sunday Club from 1-3 pm at King’s School Hall. We will be having a fun-filled time with games, music, food and we are very lucky to be able to welcome a very special visitor who is coming all the way from the North Pole and will be bringing gifts for all the children. As every child/ young person coming will receive a gift, COULD YOU PLEASE FILL IN THE BOOKING FORM (Available from Sugina) TO SECURE YOUR CHILD’S PLACE. Thankyou.
Thursday 24 December 2015 - Crib Service at 3pm in the Nave
Sunday Club will be performing a Nativity Play at the crib service on 24/12/15 at 3pm in the Cathedral, based on “The Grumpy Shepherd” by Paddie Devon. This is always a very well attended event with a very special atmosphere. Children of all ages are warmly invited to take part and it would be a great help if they can attend as many of the rehearsals as possible. The allocation of parts will be in Sunday Club time on 22nd November. If your child can’t attend that day but would like to be in the play, then please let me know. This year we are hoping that all children aged three or under will be sheep. We will be making sheep masks/ tails in Sunday Club but their costume (which we are hoping you can provide!) needs to be either all white or could be all black with trousers/ leggings/ tights and long sleeved t-shirt/ jumper. PLEASE CONFIRM AVAILABILITY AND COSTUME PROVISION to Sugina ASAP - thank you!
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.
Their name liveth for evermore
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