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 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

4th AprilAll Age Worship for Easter Day
11th AprilAfter the resurrection - Doubting Thomas
18th AprilAfter the resurrection - Jesus makes breakfast
25th AprilJesus said 'I am the Good Shepherd'
2nd MayAll Age worship:  Jesus said 'I am the Vine'
9th MayBeing a friend of Jesus
16th MayJesus ascends into heaven
23rd MayPentecost (50 days after Easter)
30th MayTrinity Sunday
6th JuneAll Age worship:  Jesus on the Sabbath
13th JuneJoseph and his special coat
20th JuneThe parable of the mustard seed and Father's Day
27th JuneThe birth of John the Baptist
4th JulyAll Age Worship:  healing Jairus' daughter
11th JulyJesus sends out his disciples
18th JulyAbout John the Baptist 
22nd JulyThe parable of the Lost Sheep 

Shine this Summer!

During the summer holidays we provide a story and simple activity for the youngest children to do alongside the morning service in the Pastoral Room.

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.