Lighthouse is our children's programme which runs during the morning service. We welcome all children ages 0 to 11 (school year 6) with a variety of activities and groups.
After a time of worship in the morning service with the adults and young people, the children head off to Lighthouse at around 10:15am.
We start our session with an altogether time of children's worship - singing songs, listening to stories, watching and taking part in dramas, and playing games - before breaking out into smaller groups for Bible adventures based on the current theme.
We close our time together with further songs, followed by refreshments.
A typical session...
We use the Scripture Union Light resources as the basis for our sessions taking us on a journey through the old and new testaments.
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After a time of worship with the rest of the congregation in the main church, the children head off to Lighthouse at around 10:15am to worship together as a group. We sing songs, play games, listen to bibles stories and act out dramas to set the scene for the morning's session.
Following our worship time, we break out into smaller, age-specific groups:
Beams (crèche) - ages 0 - 3
Lights - ages 3 to 6 (pre-school to school year 1)
Waves - ages 6 to 8 (school years 2 & 3)
Harbour - ages 8 to 11 (school years 4, 5 & 6)
In their groups the children learn more about the morning's theme through Bible stories, games, dramas, cartoons, colouring, crafts and more.
We all join back together towards the end of our session to share what we have learned and close with a final song.
There is time for refreshments at the end of Lighthouse and on the last Sunday of the month we share a birthday cake with the children who have celebrated a birthday during the month!!
On the fifth Sunday of the month (four times a year) and throughout the summer holidays, we run our Big Sundays where all age groups stay together for the whole session.
We start as always with a time of worship, but then stay together to play games, listen to stories and take part in craft actvities.
During our recent Big Sundays we have...
- Interacted with Bible stories about Nehemiah and Zechariah; Jesus and the Disciples
- Baked cookies
- Decorated biscuits
- Made cards
- Solved Word Searches / Figured out puzzles
- Played games
- Learned memory verses
- Made prayer rocks
- Made puppets
- Eaten cake!
- Made Lord's Prayer hand-print pictures
- Sung songs
a wall frieze
- Prayed to and worshipped our great God
During Advent 2016,
we tried out a new Scripture Union resource called Explore
Lighthouse joined together with the young people in Ignite and in total 45 under 18's and 9 leaders explored the birth of Jesus together.
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The Birth of Jesus
2 Bible Passages, 4 Questions, 6 Explore Zones
Here are some photos of our explore zones ready for our session and some of the creations made by the children