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:
9 March 2014
10:30 Junior Worship in the Education Building - led by Mrs Bridget Langstaff.
6 April 2014
10.30 All Age Eucharist in the Cathedral Nave.
20 April 2014
10.30 Easter Sunday Junior Worship in the Education Building - led by Canon Dr Philip Hesketh.
Family Fun Day - Saturday 22 February
From 10am til 2pm in the Cathedral. Do pop in for a variety of different and interesting crafts and activities for your children to enjoy!
Frogs' Pancake Making - Sunday 2 March
From 10am at 2 King's Orchard. A chance for all Frogs (11 years upwards) to try their hand at making pancakes and then having the pleasure of eating them, with a whole load of yummy toppings to try. Please Email Sugina so that she can have an indication of numbers.
KidZone Outing - Sunday 16 March
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 (Seekers & Discoverers i.e. under 11s) 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. This all comes at the bargain price of £5/ child. Please complete the reply slip sent out to you. 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.
Games Morning - Sunday 23 March
10.30am in the Education 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.
Mothering Sunday - 30 March
The children will meet for a whole group session in the Education Building at 10.30am.
Palm Sunday - 13 April 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, or in the Crypt if it is wet, followed by donkey rides and hot cross buns.
Easter Sunday - 20 April at 10.30am
This will be celebrated with Junior Worship in the Education Building followed by an Easter egg hunt in the Garth.
Sunday Club Holiday
Sunday club will be closed on 27 April and 4 May, so the first Sunday back will be on 11 May 2014.
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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