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KIDS 

WELCOME TO THE ST. MARK'S KIDS PAGE  

 

KIDS ONLINE
Kids at Home? We have resources, activities and fun things planned to stay connected over the summer and as we ease out of lockdown.

 

SUNDAY FUN! SUNDAY 9th AUGUST  

 

FOLLOWING THE SUNDAY SERVICE...
Jesus Walking on the Water

STORY 


Image from  www.lambsongs.co.nz                          
jesus walks on the water
Walking on water Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

Matthew 14:22-33
  
YOU CAN ALSO WATCH A CARTOON OF THE STORY HERE:     
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVy9HGr3Qig
 
   OR FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN ENJOY WATCHING THIS: 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FU1Nzs2Ias

Activity Idea: Fill a small basket with five small bread rolls. Share them around so that everyone has a go at breaking one up into small, bite size chunks. How many pieces do you have now, and so how many people would have just a taste? 

Prayer Craft Idea: Prayer Hands

You will need: x2 pieces of paper, scellotape and a marker pen. 

  1. Take the corner of one piece of paper. 
                            2. ...You have a tube. Fasten in place 
      Roll it until...                                                                                 with a piece of scellotape.

       roll one                                              tube

   3. Draw around your hand on the                                         4. Cut out the hand and attach the 
       other piece of paper. Write on it  
                                           tube to the back - fastening   
       your name followed by                                                              with a piece of scellotape. 

             hand drawing                                          hand

Did you know you can actually use High Five's to pray?!
If someone else has made one high five them - saying Amen. 

(Activity and Prayer Idea from Urban Saints)

 

DISCUSS: 

1. Do you think Peter started to sink? 

2. Have you ever had a problem and felt like you were sinking or unable to handle it on your own? 

3. Jesus is with us always but we cannot see him. How can we take Jesus's hand? 

(Questions from Urban Saints)

 

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                    Summer challenge   

Schools out so why not join us for our summer challenge adventure. 

If you would like to take part in this adventure - there are 10 challenges to complete - please e-mail alex: stmarksyouthandchildren@gmail.com


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BED TIME STORIES


Our story for the weekend is put up on a Friday by 5pm. 
Do hope that you will be able to keep joining us...

Bedtime Stories for Kids Ages 5 to 12 – HarperCollins UK

Read by members of our own Church Family.


GOOD NIGHT LITTLE BEAR  (Click here)
By Melanie Joyce

Read by Alex 

Goodnight Little Bear

                                                                 

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For any PASTORAL ISSUES please contact alex: stmarksyouthandchildren@gmail.com

There are some great resources out there for children and parents to enjoy together: 

 

For more online resources for kids visit: All Stars Kids Club  
https://www.allstarskidsclub.com/


For parents visit: Parenting for Faith 
https://parentingforfaith.org/
 

If your child is struggling with STRESS and ANXIETY: 

NSPCC: Coronavirus, Safeguarding and child protection

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/coronavirus

 

 

  

This will be e-mailed out to families via myself or the School - keep an eye out!! 

FAMILY WORSHIP TIME TOGETHER

FAMILY WORSHIP
 

SUGGESTED FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN...

Get Dressed - Little Worship Company
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#sent/QgrcJHsTjVPVgxZlMwmzGjJfWSbkHFzCvPq?projector=1

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY...
 

Jesus you're my superhero
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FY4C930M2Y

Jesus, Superhero
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSSBvT23fTY

Story of the Cross - Rend Collective 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnPpXx1tWb8

Every Step - Nicky and Becky Drake 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZBhKp5_HwE

God the Captain - Colin Bucahan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nAvya5RydI
 

FOR THE MUMS AND DADS...


See, What A Morning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LgE_E7yaz4&list=RD-LgE_E7yaz4&start_radio=1&t=1

By Faith 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqoS1XonJYY


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPdmmzRHlMA

Matt Redman - Once Again 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MwxC9AvwQc

Matt Redman - 10,000 Reasons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtwIT8JjddM


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RECOMMENDED TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY... Bible's for all ages

HANDS ON BIBLE

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dOODLE BIBLE

 

MORE COMING SOON 

Keep an eye out for more resources and content over the coming weeks. 

I would love to hear from you - please keep sending me your pictures, let me know how you get on and I'm here if you have any questions. 



coronavirus

Helping children and young people cope with the coronavirus
 

Hello everyone,

With all the current news on the coronavirus, and in the face of such uncertain circumstances, there is a lot of fear in the world in which we live in today. Understandably, this is having an affect on our children and young people, many of whom are feeling afraid and anxious too. 

 

It is in no way our intention to interfere in parenting however, as part of a caring Christian community, we wanted to share some thoughts and comfort with you from a Christian perspective as you seek to help your children cope with this unprecedented situation. 

As Christians we are not immune to fear or anxiety either but the Bible is full of encouragement and advice on how to cope with our fears. It is right that we continue to follow the practical advice we are given in order to stay safe but here are some Bible verses that you might like to read with your children if they are feeling anxious or afraid and they might like to reflect on them particularly if they are having difficulty trying to go to sleep: 

 

Isaiah 41:10

Psalm 56:3

Philippians 4:6-7

John 14:27


When we are faced with such fears it is not always easy to trust in God, but when we are faced with difficult situations we have a choice. We can choose not to let the fear and anxiety rule our life or we can choose to reject the fear and anxiety. This isn't always easy but the more we practice the better we are likely to be. A Christian who experiences fear has not 'failed' but God has a better plan for our lives than living in that place of fear. Ultimately, our trust is in the Lord, and as church we are believing for continued health, protection and that this virus will pass quickly.   If at any time you do need to isolate, please let us know so that we can support you in practical ways. (Godly Wisdom from Urban Saints).

If any family has to isolate itself do let us know so that we can help in practical ways. 

Love and blessings

Alex and Rupert.


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SCROLL DOWN FOR INFORMATION ABOUT GROUPS ON SUNDAYS, THE BREAKFAST SERVICE, TODDLER GROUP AND OUR SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS  

Here's some of the fun we have together in our picture gallery: 

CRIB SERVICE - all age Nativity Play

Nativity play

Celebrating Jesus, the greatest Superhero, who came to planet earth!

Superheroes

Christmas Movie Morning - wearing our pyjamas and eating popcorn.
 

                 TheStar-OST             


 

KIDS ON SUNDAYS


Tiny Tot Toddlers 2

 

Weeks one and three in the month (and on fifth Sunday when it falls in a month)

Our Kids' groups meet on Sundays alongside the 10:30 am Family Communion Service. 

We want the children to have lots of fun whilst learning more about Jesus and meeting with Him in creative and safe spaces.
We do this through Bible stories, songs, games and crafts. 



TEENY TINY CHURCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIBLE TOTS

(AGES 6 Months – 3 Years) Babies and Toddlers up to their 3rd birthday

A supervised Creche runs alongside the 10:30am service. There are fun toys to play with, a bible story, singing as well as a drink and a snack.

LOCATION: The Lounge room of the Church Hall.

 

 

 

ROCKETS

(AGES 3–4 Years)

Aged 3 years up to the end of Reception

   
WE WOULD LOVE TO START A GROUP FOR THIS AGE GROUP - CAN YOU HELP? 


Please contact Alex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIDS' CHURCH

CHILDREN'S ARRIVAL: In Kids Church our two groups, Climbers and Explorers, start off in the Church Hall all together for a fun time of worship (singing songs to God). We then split into our age appropriate groups for Bible stories, games, crafts and activities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLIMBERS

(Currently for AGES 3 upwards)

LOCATION: The Church Hall.

The class starts at 10:30am, please try and have your children checked in by this time. Thank you for your help. 


 

 

 

 

EXPLORERS

(AGES 7–9 Years)

LOCATION: The Church Hall.


WE WOULD LOVE TO START A GROUP FOR THIS AGE GROUP. CAN YOU HELP?
 

Please speak to Alex 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARENTS COLLECTION: Please collect your child/ children from the appropriate room before Family Communion. 

 

KIDS @ THE BREAKFAST SERVICE 

 

(Usually during the second Sunday of the month)

Breakfast Service

A lively informal service in the church hall for all the family. Pick up your scrummy breakfast from 8:45am - the service starts at 9:00am. 

We are altogether for the first 15 minutes, with fun action songs for the children to participate in, the children then leave with Alex, Trevor, Mandy and the team for either J A M ('Jesus And Me') upstairs in the Den or WARRIORS which meets outside in our fantastic Wigwam tent.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRECHE

(AGES 0–3 Years) Babies and Toddlers up to their 3rd birthday

A parent lead Creche is available during the Breakfast Service.

LOCATION: The Lounge room of the Church Hall. 

 

 

 

J A M

(AGES 3–6 Years)

Jesus And Me 


Children have fun together with short Bible stories, messy crafts and activities.

LOCATION: Upstairs in the Den

This is lead by Mandy and her lovely group of helpers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WARRIORS

(School Year 3 Upwards)

Children meet in the Wigwam tent for action Bible Stories, Games, crafts and enjoying the outdoors. 

We will go out in all weathers so please make sure your child/ children are dressed appropriately. 

LOCATION: Outside in the Wigwam Tent

This is with Big Chief Trev and Alex! 

 

   

KIDS @ THE FAMILY SERVICE 

(Week four in the month) 

All children are welcome at this lively interactive 10:30am service – in Church. A great opportunity once a month to worship together as a family, with a theme and style that is accessible for children. Please join us for coffee and doughnuts @ 9:45am before this service. 

ACTIVITY BAGS: At the entrance to the church there are activity bags filled with goodies to entertain your little ones whilst they are in the service. Please do borrow one.     
 


KIDS MID-WEEK 

LOGO

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THE TODDLERS GROUP IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


The cost is £2 per session per family. 

Our drop in toddler group meets on Friday mornings 9:30am - 11:30am term time only. It is for any parent, grandparent or childminder with babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children. Activities take place in the Church Hall with a wide selection of toys to play with, bikes, climbing frames, simple craft activities and refreshments are provided. 

Do come and join us for play and friendship, we look forward to welcoming you. 

For more information please contact:
Trevor Adamson on 01202 518737 or Alex Morris 07947 842400

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SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS 

ST. MARK'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
St.Mark's Church is really proud of the special relationship we enjoy with St. Mark's Primary School. The children frequently visit the church for various worship sessions, end of term services and special events we host throughout the year. We are always delighted to welcome the children to sing and entertain us at our Lent and Christmas community lunches. Rev'd Rupert Higgins is a member of the Governing Board and along with Alex, the Children's Minister, they regualrly lead the school in worship.

A new interactive prayer wall is created, by Alex, for the children every half of term to encourage the children to learn to pray and talk to God - this is great fun and the children are very imaginative with writing and drawing their prayers.

Alex leads two very popular weekly pastoral groups for the year 6 girls - CONNECT - and year 6 boys - TRIBE - activley engaging with the children about God, faith, life, identitiy and self worth, with a selction of fun and creative activities. 

For further information about St. Mark's School please visit:
www.st-marks.bournemouth.sch.uk

OTHER SCHOOLS 
We continue to enjoy connecting with other local schools within our community including: Talbot Heath Junior School, Talbot Primary, Moordown St. John's, Jewell Academy, Talbot House and Landside School most of whom visit us for our interactive Christmas and Easter Experiences. It is a huge privilege for us to host some of these schools with their end of term Christmas, Easter, Summer and Transition Services.  
 

SPECIAL EVENTS

WE ALSO HAVE LOTS OF OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS FOR CHILDREN
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:
 

HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB / UV SKOOTER & SKATE LIGHT PARTY / CRIB SERVICE / CHRISTINGLE SERVICE / TOTS PRAISE SERVICES / EASTER EGG HUNT/ INTERACTIVE EASTER EXPERIENCE (for schools only) / AND AN INTERACTIVE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE (for schools only)

 

 

SAFEGUARDING

 

Our aim is to make sure every child can be themselves in a safe and welcoming environment. Our children's workers are DBS checked and have first aid, safeguarding and Bible teaching training.

Please click here to download our Safeguarding Policy.

For any concerns you may have please click here to contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer.
 

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about the programmes above, or want to know more about bringing your children along on a Sunday, then please contact

Alexandra (Alex) Morris, Youth and Children's Minister

E-mail: alex.stmarkschildren@gmail.com
Mobile: 07947 842400