Families and Young People

Our Children and Families Worker is Beverley Nixon, who was awarded her Church Colleges Certificate in Children’s Ministry at Manchester Cathedral in November 2016. more

A timetable of Family Church Activities can be found on the side-bar at the right-hand side of the page.

You can also visit our Facebook pages: Parish and RiCH

Church Services

Families are welcome at all our worship services, but on the first and third Sundays of each month the 10.30 service is a less formal service in which children are encouraged to participate.

On the first Sunday there will normally be a simple worship service without Communion. We also have Storytime and a craft activity for the older children when we hear about God and his friends.

The service on the third Sunday will normally be a Communion Service.

Services of Baptism and Marriage can be arranged. There are also occasional services for families and children, including (for example): Pet Service, Christingle, Nativity Service


Activities

Praise and Play  is for pre-school children and babies & their parents and/or carers – free event, no need to book! Just drop in!

It provides a relaxed time in which babies and pre-school children and their parents/carers can meet in church to share in playing together, joining in some simple songs and prayers, with time for a drink and a biscuit while maybe listening to a short story about God and his friends, with the chance for the adults to chat over a cup of tea or coffee in an informal atmosphere.

It runs from 9.30am till 11.30am in St Oswald’s Parish Church on Tuesdays in term time (apart from half-term holidays).

There is no charge for this group but we do ask for a voluntary donation towards our costs. This covers drinks and snacks for the children and a cup of coffee/tea for their parents/carers.

A RiCH Feast!

RiCH = Refreshment in CHurch. This is our After-School Youth Group that we have been holding since September 2013. The group has proved to be very popular, both with the children who attend and with their parents. The group now runs from 2.50pm till 5.00pm on Thursdays during term time.

Our aim is to provide an environment within the church where Bollington’s Secondary School pupils (Years Seven to Nine) are able to drop in on their way home from school for a drink, snack and a chat with their friends. We hope that RiCH will help us to maintain, and build on, the relationships that we have already established with them as Primary School children as they face the new and different challenges of High School.

This is a fabulous opportunity to welcome some of the village youngsters into our church and show them what God’s Love means. Through our own actions we can encourage them to think about and care for others from all walks of life.

Our regular programme includes games (both indoor and outdoor, weather permitting) and different craft activities, such as the flower-arranging session led by two adult members of our our congregation, Dorothye Webster and Chris Forbes, showing how to beautify some old tin cans!!! The arrangements were given out to helpers after one of our Sunday morning services.

Shoeboxes were packed and wrapped by our RICH Group to be sent off to deserving children via Operation Christmas Child.

Parents’ consent
On their first visit each young person will collect a Parental Consent Form to bring back next time, in order to ensure their parents or guardians are aware of their whereabouts after leaving school that day and are happy for them to attend our RiCH group.

Our team of helpers
There are two different roles for our adult volunteers to choose from. One role is as the “front of house” volunteers whose duties include:

Welcoming the young people and being available to hear about their day.
Checking that they have signed in and out.
Collecting the required information as stipulated by our Parish Safeguarding Policy, including the completed Parental Consent Forms.
Being responsible for the Health and Safety aspects of the group.

In accordance with our Parish Safeguarding Policy, the “front of house” volunteers will need to have completed a self-declaration form and undergone a full Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Check. (We need to have at least two people present at each weekly session who have undergone these checks.)
The other role we are asking people to kindly take on is that of “behind the scenes” volunteers, who simply need to fill in a less arduous form for parish records and make themselves aware of the Parish Safeguarding Policy. The basic duties of these equally essential “behind the scenes” helpers is to:

Serve delicious drinks and snacks
Help set up beforehand and clear away afterwards

We have a rota of helpers, but we are still open for recruits and having more on the team will mean this can be shared so that it will not need to be a weekly commitment for any individual. We hope to create a relaxed atmosphere with no elaborate programme, just allowing the young people a safe and welcoming space in which to gather and socialise, with the opportunity to make use of a friendly listening ear if they wish.
We are also looking for more keen bakers to go on the ‘Cake Rota’. Could you bake a cake for the group approximately once every six weeks?
Could you help? Contact Beverley on 01625 500970 for more information.

You can download a copy of our Child Protection Policy here.

Other activities include our Children’s Choir who participate in family services, and our Puppet Ministry Group (we will look at re-introducing this in the new year).

 

Every year we hold a Light Party on the eve of All Saint’s Day (instead of pagan Halloween options) and a Craft Trail on Good Friday.


Schools

There are two primary schools linked to the parish, Bollington Cross School (next to St Oswald’s) and St John’s School on Grimshaw Lane. Groups of children sometimes join us for our Thursday morning Communion Service.

Once a year we hold a “School’s Experience Week”, where school groups are invited into St Oswald’s to explore various stories from the Bible. In 2017 the subject was Moses. In 2018 we will be presenting the story of Noah.


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