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:
Pentecost Junior Worship – Sunday 15 May 2016
Please join us for Junior Worship, which will be led by Mrs Bridget Langstaff and weather permitting will be in the Castle Gardens. We will meet as usual in the Ed and Visits Building and then walk over together.
All-Age Eucharist—Sunday 26 June 2016
This term there is only one all- age Eucharist Service, where there is no Sunday Club and we worship in the Cathedral together as a whole community in a shorter than average, child friendly service.
Sunday Club Holiday
Sunday club will be closed from Sunday 17 July to Sunday 28 August 2016 inclusive for the holidays.
Exploring Holy Communion Course
The Exploring Holy Communion Course will be running again this year for children aged 7 years upwards. The five sessions, will be held mostly on Sunday mornings from 7th May to the 12th June culminating in the first Communion Service held on 26th June 2016 at 10.30am. Please contact Sugina ASAP if your child is interested or you would like to know more. There will be a short meeting after the morning service on Sunday 24th April at 12 noon in the Lady Chapel for interested children and their parents.
Canon Jean Kerr’s Leaving Service - Sunday 8th May 2016
We will be preparing our leaving gift for Jean on both 24/4 and 1/5, which will involve some craft and learning a new song, so PLEASE come and support us on these two Sunday’s especially. If you are unable to come but would still like to say goodbye to Jean, then please decorate an A5 size piece of paper per child/ adult with a photo, picture, some words, hand print…..anything you would like to do and we will add it to the commemorative “autograph book” that we are making for her and Paul.
There will be no Sunday Club for this service and instead we will be worshiping God as a whole Cathedral family, but we will have quiet toys available for use under parental supervision in the Lady Chapel for young people who need to move around a bit.
Sunday Club Family picnic on Sunday 10th July2016 12noon to 3pm
All Sunday Club children and their families are invited to a summer picnic on the Esplanade, near the swings. I’m imagining it’ll be a beautiful summer’s afternoon, where we can sit, relax, chat, enjoy our picnic, good company and have fun with some games and maybe a short stroll by the river or a play on the swings. Sunday Club will be providing an ice-cream for the children, so please let me know any allergies etc on the form below. Please bring something to sit on and your own picnic.
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.