Church of England

Shine - Our Sunday Morning Children's Groups


'Shine' is the new name for our Sunday morning children's groups.

Everyone is welcome.  Please see the details below on each of our groups for more information.

Please if you have any questions.

During Lockdown

imageWhile we have been unable to meet in person, Shine has met some weeks via Zoom at 10am for half an hour or so of songs, games, bible stories and prayer. When there has been no Zoom we have sent out craft, colouring and puzzle activities on the week's theme. The topics for this combined Shine programme for this term are shown below.  Do if you would like to find out more. 

Also below are details of our usual Sunday morning pattern for our children and young people.

Our combined Shine programme for this term

6th SeptemberAll Age Worship via Zoom - New Beginnings
13th SeptemberThe story of Joseph, and about forgiveness 
20th SeptemberAll Age Worship for Harvest Festival
27th SeptemberThe parable of the two sons and the vineyard
4th OctoberThe parable of the ten bridesmaids
11th OctoberThe parable of the wedding feast
18th OctoberAbout paying taxes to Caesar 
25th OctoberBible Sunday
1st NovemberAll Age Worship for All Saints Day
8th NovemberRemembrance Sunday 
15th NovemberThe parable of the Talents
22nd NovemberChrist the King, the last Sunday of the old church year
29th NovemberAdvent Sunday, the first Sunday of the new church year
6th DecemberThe Angel Gabriel visits Mary
13th DecemberJourney to Bethlehem; the birth of John the Baptist
20th DecemberThe visit of the shepherds
24th DecemberCrib Service for families on Christmas Eve
25th DecemberAll Age Worship for Christmas Day
27th DecemberChoose-a-Carol Sunday 
3rd JanuaryAll Age Worship celebrating Epiphany

Shine - on Sunday mornings

imageHere at the Good Shepherd, children and young people are welcome every Sunday.  At All Age Services (usually on the first Sunday of the month and at special festivals such as Harvest, Mothering Sunday, Christmas and Easter) children are an intrinsic part of our service; they get involved and join in alongside the adult members of the congregation.  Toys, books and colouring sheets are available for younger children if needed.

On other Sundays, school aged children meet in their own groups (see below for more details) and join the service in time to share in communion.  Younger children are welcome to stay in the service with their parents - we provide 'Happy Bags' for them to use if they wish.  Alternatively, if accompanied by a parent, they may either join the children's groups or use the toys and books in the room adjacent to the main hall.


imageStars is our Sunday morning group for children of pre-school age, in Reception and Key Stage 1.  Younger children, including babies, are also very welcome to join in!  

All children should be accompanied by an adult until they are of school age.


imageRockets is our Sunday morning group for children in school years 3, 4 & 5.  


imageBeacons is our group for children and young people in year 6 and above.