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ABC has a real heart for families and seeks to cater for children and young people of all ages.
Our desire for our children and young people is that they understand and learn from the bible about how much God loves them, that they will choose from an early age to have a living relationship with Jesus and in so doing grow in their faith and share it with others.
Caroline Friend heads up our Childrens' and Young Peoples' work.
During the first half of our morning service we seek to present our worship in a way that is relevant for all ages.
Children normally sit with their parents and are encouraged to join in with the worship. For the very young the church provides some games/toys for them to play with.
We do not believe that "Children should be seen and not heard" but understand that despite the best efforts of parents children do make noise. Parents need not feel embarrased by this, however, if a parent needs to take a child out of the service a room is available for their use.
The "Rainbows" is the group that caters for new born babies to pre-schoolers. The group has a fun time with a bible story creatively told with song time, craft and of course juice and a biscuit!
The "Cool Kids" is the group for those in Reception to year 4. This group currently use the 'Splash' material provided by Scripture Union. This allows for a lively mix of stories, games, crafts and songs for our very enthusiastic younger children. This approach means the bible comes alive for our children at an early age and most importantly helps them to know how much God loves them.
The "Faithful Funky Followers" is the group for those in years 5-8 at school. We are now using 'The Grid' material provided by Scripture Union. This has a good balance of issues that affect our young people as they grow up and how they can then practically apply the bible and their relationship with God when looking at these issues. It is well received by our young people and leads to lots of discussion.
The Dudes (14-18) meet every fortnight during the service to discuss the Bible together, find out what God says about all sorts of issues, pray together and listen to each other – all with nice cake and a cuppa of course
Alnwick Baptist Church takes the responsibility for the children and young people in our care seriously. As a church we are signed up to the Baptist Union "Safe to grow" policy and have our own child protection policy.
All our volunteers who have regular contact with children and young people are CRB checked.
As part of our commitment to children and young people, the church has appointed Jean Simpson and Moira Archer to be their Advocates. Jean or Moira, whose photos are posted around the church, can be contacted by any child or adult who has a safeguarding concern.