Sunday—Meetings, Groups and other Family Ministries.
At St. Thomas Church, we have Sunday School for school aged children and young people on the Second, Fourth and Fifth Sunday of each month, at our 10:30 services:
When you arrive at St. Thomas, we will always make sure there is an opportunity to spend time worshipping together. All of our Sunday Services begin with a time of worship, where all of our members spend time together. We will usually also introduce the day’s topic together as a church family, through a short all-age introduction, before our children and young people go off to study the day’s topic in an age-appropriate way. We use Bible stories, crafts, video, discussion, songs, activities, play, and many other ways to teach your children and young people the same sorts of topics and stories which will be studied in the main service, meaning the conversations can continue long after you leave church.
The third Sunday of the month is Messy Church at 4:00pm, and many of our families choose to come to this and worship together, instead of joining us for our 10:30 services, so we do not have our regular Sunday School groups.
However, our 10:30 services are an important chance for many in our church family to meet with God, and we want to make sure that families with young children are still able to join us on these Sunday mornings too.
Therefore, we have still have Creche, and Messy Mornings—an all-together Sunday group for Primary School aged children—on these weeks.
Messy Mornings are a fun and interactive session, including DVD based teaching, using series like Veggie Tales, What’s in the Bible, Friends and Heroes, Theo, and many more, plus crafts, games, worship, prayer, and other activities, to introduce the topic we will be thinking about later in Messy Church.
We do not have Sunday groups on the first Sunday of each month, instead, we choose to spend it Together.
Together is church, with a difference. It’s our All Aged Family Service and takes place on the first Sunday of each month, and every Sunday throughout the Summer Holidays at 10:30am.
Children stay in the service throughout, and always have a wonderful time. Feel free to be as noisy as you like, we don’t mind!
We believe that All Aged Worship is not a pipe dream, and that people of all ages can genuinely meet God during this service. Although our children stay with us in the main church building during this service, we make sure that there is just as much opportunity for our older members to meet with God as there is for our children. Come along, we’re sure that there will be something for you.
Messy Church meets on the third Sunday of the month, at 4pm.
It is aimed at families with children, wanting to share in fun and learn more about Bible stories and what God has in store for us, through, crafts, puppets, games, music, food, stories, video, messy activities and lots and lots of fun!
Messy Church is a way of being church for families involving fun. It is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It is found across the world, part of an international movement, and its values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.
St. Thomas’ Messy Church meeting is great fun for all the family, and is a great way to meet other families just like yours.
St. Thomas Church is also the home of the St. Thomas’ Playgroup, held in the church annexe, a purpose-designed building in the grounds of St. Thomas Church Aldridge. Our playgroup is independently, and professionally run, by members of staff who are qualified or working towards NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Early Years Education. Our members of staff have a Paediatric First Aid Certificate and are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.
Rachel and Sarah also have training in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), ensuring that we can cater for children of all kinds.
At St Thomas’ Church Playgroup we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and all staff are trained to meet the individual needs of each and every child.
Funding is available, through Government Three to Four Funding, and may be available for two year old’s, through Time 2 Start.
If you are looking for a welcoming, supportive, friendly and fun place to come with your baby or toddler aged from 0 to 2 1⁄2 years, then look no further!
Meet with other parents and carers; let your child make friends, develop social skills and play with others with our vast selection of toys; enjoy a varied craft each week; share snacks as well as a time to sing and laugh together.
Tom’s Toddlers is very popular and has been running for a long time.
For more information, please contact Hannah (details above).
Cost £2 per family, per session, meeting term time, including snacks for the children, and hot drinks for the adults.
For more information, please contact Hannah (details above).
We meet on Wednesdays, from 10:00 – 11.30am.
For more information, please contact Hannah Evans (details above).
Footprints is a wonderful time when children can take those very first steps of faith into the arms of a loving heavenly Father.
At St. Thomas’ we want our youngest children to begin to enjoy God’s love for themselves, through stories, play, craft and fun. It is a time when children who have not yet started school, aged 2 and a half upwards, can spend time together, building friendships that will last a lifetime.
As space is limited, please contact Hannah Evans or one of the team to join. Cost £2 per child, per week.
Footprints meets Term time, Wednesdays, 1-2.30pm.
The CELL is a youth life group for our teenagers, taking place each Wednesday from 6:30 in the church lounge.
We meet to discuss key questions facing our youth, explore our faith together, and engage in honest and open worship, prayer, support and encouragement.
The CELL is open to all young people, from across the parish, and even those who do not attend church at all, not just members of St. Thomas and is a great place to bring your friends who are interested in questions of faith.
Over the past year, we have completed a Youth Alpha course together, studied spiritual gifts, discussed the big picture of the bible, and what it means to us, considered our identity and significance, and looked at many other topics besides.
We are getting ready to start an amazing course called Freedom in Christ especially tailored for young people this September, which has already been an amazing success in our adult life groups, and will undoubtedly have a huge impact on anyone who comes, so be there!
At St. Thomas, we encourage our young people to join with other young people, from across the Parish as part of AYF. Many of our young people are key and active members of AYF, while remaining very much part of the St. Thomas’ Church family—exactly the way it should be. As a Parish, we know that we are better together, and recognise that AYF is a key part of that.
For more information on AYF, please click here.