Kids and Youth at St James

For Kids


We love Kids at St James and have programs for all ages.

Playgroup

Our Playgroups are currently awaiting direction from Playgroup NSW about when they can reopen.  

Playgroup offers a fun playtime for children 0-5 years and their parents or carers. Playgroup runs from 10am – 12noon each Monday and Friday in school term, with painting, play dough, educational toys, craft, stories and songs, and bike time. If families can bring a piece of fruit and a gold coin donation that is much appreciated. We aim to provide a safe and welcoming space for families, and we reflect the diversity of our local community. Look for us in the hall on the corner of Liverpool Rd and Highbury St. For more information about our Playgroups click here.
Playtime

Creche
Creche is a safe place for young children to play in a room at the back of the hall while their parents are listening to the message in church and older children are at Sunday School. Generally children go to creche once they can sit up and move around, and move up to Sunday School at around 3 years of age. Rostered volunteers care for children, and SMS parents if a child is unsettled, and parents are welcome to remain with their child in crèche until they are comfortable leaving them. All volunteers have Working with Children Checks. Creche
Sunday Kids
Our Sunday Kids program now runs simultaneously with our 4pm Sunday Church Service. The vision for Sunday Kids is that the children will come to know, love and serve God as their Heavenly Father through Jesus his Son.
 
We would love to all be in the same location but given the current health regulations this is not possible. We still want to be discipling our kids and youth so here is what you need to know about the logistics of Kids and Youth ministry for our 4pm service.
  • Groups and Locations
    • Creche (0-1) – in the creche room with parent supervision or with parent in the service
    • age 2 to Kindergarten – in Wynola
    • Yr 1-3 – at St Johns Ashfield (81 Alt St, Ashfield)
    • Yr 4-6 – at St Johns Ashfield (81 Alt St, Ashfield)
    • Yr 7-9 – at St John’s Ashfield (81 Alt St, Ashfield)
  • Drop-off and Pick-up
    • St Johns Ashfield
      • See document “4pm Service Drop-off and Pick-up Handbook
      • Drop off time – From 3.30pm
      • Pickup time – From 5-5.15pm
      • If your child has a different mode of transport please communicate that information to us (ie riding bike, being picked up by a grandparent/friend)
    • Wynola
      • drop off and pickup from the undercover area of Wynola
      • Drop off – from 3.45pm
      • Pickup – from the end of the service
      • Parents will be contacted if child needs to go to the bathroom
  • What to bring?
    • a water bottle for your child to have their own drink
  • What not to bring?
    • Items from home – toys, pens and pencils etc to reduce spread
  • Health regulations
    • Social distancing – As of July 1 kids and youth no longer need to practice social distance. Our leaders still need to practice social distancing with each other and with kids/youth.
    • Hygiene and cleaning – all spaces will be cleaned after use. Any objects in regular use (ball, craft supplies, scissors etc) will be cleaned. Hand sanitiser will be provided on arrival to all spaces.
    • Sickness – if your child is sick please keep them home.

 

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Friday Kids Clubs

Each Friday afternoon local children gather with their friends in the Church grounds to enjoy an hour of fun filled games and craft along with Bible stories and discussions. 

Kindergarten – Year 4  4:30pm-5:30pm
Year 5 & 6 5:30pm-6:30pm

Croydon Summer Club
A program for children in crèche to Yr 6 Croydon Summer Club is a Kid’s Holiday Program program run on the Church grounds for crèche to year 6 where kids learn about God, play games, make craft, sing songs and have fun! And it’s free!
The next Summer Club is 11th-15th January, 2021. Details will be released closer to the time. 

More Kids information

For Youth


We hope Youth will feel at home at St James

Friday Youth

Our Friday Night Youth Group for years 7-10 meets from 6:30pm-8pm and for years 11-12 from 8pm-9:30pm during school term. It is a mixture of high intensity games, chill out time and learning about the Christian Faith. It’s a group from high schools in the surrounding suburbs. We have lots of youth attend and the program is run by University Students and Young Workers who are keen to talk about their lives and faith. Each night we hope to clearly describe what Christians believe and to establish long lasting, deep relationships through our various activities.  

Morning Youth (Yr 7-9)

Morning Youth is a Junior High Bible Study which is currently running offsite during the 4pm service.  The programs runs each Sunday of our School Term.  We meet together to hang out together, chat and study the Bible.  Any high schooler in years 7-9 is welcome.

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Senior High Growth Group (Yr 10-12)

The Senior High Growth Group meets each Sunday in School Term from 5:30-7pm.  We have dinner together, study the Bible and then share in prayer time.  After the group most members attend the Evening service which starts at 7pm.  Anyone in high school, years 10-12, is welcome to join. 

7pm Church
Our 7pm service is made up primarily of Youth, University Students and Young Workers. It begins straight after the Senior High Bible study. It is a dynamic gathering which includes singing contemporary Christian songs, prayer, Bible reading and a sermon (Bible talk). It is followed by supper. Youth-7pm
Youth Camp

Each year we run a camp for our Youth Group.  We travel to Port Hacking for the weekend where we spend time building deeper friendships and starting new ones.  We also spend a significant time thinking about what it means to be a Christian in our daily lives.  This camp is open to anyone in High School or who will be attending High School in the following year.

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More Youth information

Safe Ministry At St James


St James is committed to the highest standards of care and safety in our programmes for children and youth. All adult staff and volunteers in these programmes have a Working With Children Check as required by law. Additionally, they must also complete ‘Safe Ministry Training’ and have a refresher every 3 years. The church has a Safe Ministry Representative who monitors the currency and record-keeping for these accreditations.

For More information about the Anglican Church's Safe Ministry Policy

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