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 are unable to meet in person, Shine is meeting every other week via Zoom at 10am for half an hour or so of songs, games, bible stories and prayer. When there is no Zoom we are sending out craft, colouring and puzzle activities on the week's theme. The topics for this combined Shine programme for the summer 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 summer (starred weeks via Zoom)

12th AprilEaster Day
19th AprilDoubting Thomas 
26th April*Easter peace
3rd May*The Good Shepherd 
10th MayJesus said, 'I am the Way' and 5th anniversary of VE Day 
17th May*The Helper 
24th May Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) 
31st May*All Age Service for Pentecost 
7th JuneTrinity Sunday 
14th June*Abraham & Sarah
21st June God wants us to care for the world, and Father's Day 
28th JuneJesus said, 'Welcome my friends and you welcome me' (tbc)
5th JulyJesus heals the paralysed man (tbc)
12th July The parable of the sower (tbc)
19th July The parable of the weeds (tbc)
26th July The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure (tbc)

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.