For today and tomorrow
Young people are the heartbeat of any church and at West Wilts Vineyard we aim to encourage them to be fully involved with all we do. We guide them to find new, creative and exciting ways to live life and love God.
All our volunteers working with under 18s are DBS-cleared. For safety reasons, we ask that all parents follow the registration procedure for each group.
STAY & PLAY
Stay and Play is a space for parents with children under the age of three. It’s a hospitable environment where you’ll be welcomed by a team who are available to chat and pray with you. We’ll provide toys for children and there will also be a link-up to the talk.
Sparks is a fun and age-appropriate environment for pre-school children 3-5 years. Sparks sessions are held in a dedicated room with lots of great toys and activities. Every week there is free play, singing, dancing, stories, crafts and games. This year we’ve planned for every kind of activity you can think of, including painting, colouring and sticking, play dough and junk modelling, stamping and printing, mask making, role play, dressing up and games, food decorating and face painting. Phew!
Each Sparks session is thoughtfully put together with your child’s growth and enjoyment in mind. We will use various stories from the Bible to explore God’s nature, the life of Jesus, and various themes such as creation, faithfulness, family, kindness and prayer. Our desire is that children in our care will grow to love God and love people.
Just in case you were wondering – 411 is an American expression to denote “what’s the word on the street”. We love the sentiment
that this re ects – what’s new to learn and what’s all the excitement about? Jesus teaches that He has called us to life in all its fullness. 411 aims to explore what this looks like in our day-to-day lives.
As with Sparks, 411 sessions are held in a dedicated room and each week you will nd everyone having a great time as they play games, get messy through art and craft activities, explore some great stories, and think about how we can connect with God and become more fully alive.
Every session in 411 is written with your child’s development and enjoyment in mind. Using stories from the Bible to explore God’s nature, the life of Jesus and various themes such as creation, faithfulness, family, kindness and prayer, your child will nd an environment of fun, learning and exploring.
In the autumn term, 411 will be doing sessions from The Greatest Journey, an exciting 12-lesson Bible study that has been designed to equip the children for the greatest adventure of all: to live boldly as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. In the new year, they will be looking at the fruits of the Spirit and in the summer term, 411 will explore the lives of a few unsung heroes in the Bible and what makes them special.
Each term there will also be an outward focus and some special events, including for example Shoebox Sunday, where 411 will visit the Operation Christmas Child warehouse and help with checking boxes and praying for the children who’ll receive them.
Ignition is a thought-provoking and fun environment for youth aged 11-16 years. Each week you will nd them chatting, engaging with media, challenging each other, completing fun games and, most importantly, exploring how to negotiate life with Jesus at the centre. This season the sessions will be based on the Bible Project (https://thebibleproject.com) and the youth will be encouraged to try and read the whole Bible in a year!
As part of Ignition, they will also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills when helping with activities for the younger age groups, being involved in outreach events and taking part in key services. There will also be social events throughout the year, so keep an eye out for them.