Church of England

Shine - Our Sunday Morning Children's Groups


Our Sunday morning children's groups are called 'Shine'.  Everyone is welcome.  

Please see the details below  for more information and please if you have any questions.

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.

Online Safety

We sometimes use tablets in our Sunday morning activities to enable the children to access information on the internet.  We have an Online Safety Policy Statement.  All children using the tablets (and one of their parents) will be asked to read and sign our Online Safety Agreement.

Our Shine programme for the term

3rd SeptemberAll Age Worship about saving and finding
10th SeptemberJesus calms the storm
17th SeptemberThe parable of the unforgiving servant
24th SeptemberThe parable of the three servants
1st OctoberAll Age Worship for Harvest Festival
8th OctoberThe parable of the two sons and the vineyard
15th OctoberThe parable of the wedding feast
22nd OctoberAbout paying taxes to Caesar
29th OctoberAll Age worship for Bible Sunday & Light Party
5th NovemberAll Saints Day
12th NovemberRemembrance Sunday
19th NovemberThe parable of the ten young women
26th NovemberAll Age Worship for Christ the King
3rd December
Advent Sunday, the first Sunday of the new church year
3rd December at 4pmChristingle Service
10th DecemberThe Angle Gabriel visits Mary
17th DecemberJourney to Bethlehem; the birth of John the Baptist
24th DecemberChristmas Eve and the visit of the shepherds
24th December at 4pmFamily Crib Service for Christmas Eve
25th DecemberAll Age Worship for Christmas Day
31st DecemberAll Age Worship and Choose-a-Carol Sunday


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.