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 8 June
Pentecost Junior Worship at 10:30 in the Castle Gardens (weather permitting). Meet as usual in the Education Building to walk over together and hopefully do some kite flying.
Sunday 6 July
All Age Eucharist at 10:30 in the Nave
Sunday Club Holiday
Sunday club will be closed from 20 July to 31 August inclusive, so the first Sunday back will be on 7 September 2014.
Exploring Holy Communion Course
Sadly, there was not enough interest to run the course this year so it has been postponed until next year.
Saturday 21 June
Sunday Club Family BBQ & "Wacky Races" 4-7pm:
All Sunday Club children and their families are invited to a barbeque on the front lawn at King’s Orchard. I’m imagining it’ll be a beautiful summer’s afternoon, where we can sit, relax, chat, enjoy delicious food, good company and have fun with some games and races. Please bring something to sit on, an item for the salad or pudding table and something for the drinks table and sign up with Sugina so we know how many are coming.
Sunday 22 June
Sunday Club to start at 09:45 due to the Mayor's Dedication service starting at midday.
Sunday 29 June
Community picnic at Bishopscourt from midday onwards. All Sunday Club families are invited with the whole Cathedral Community. Bring your own picnic and something to sit on.
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.