We have a thriving set of youth and children’s groups at Emmanuel.
All children spend the first 20 minutes of the service with the rest of the congregation in joint worship before leaving to other rooms. The under 11’s groups are known collectively as the Emmanuel-Lights.
We believe that children and adults have a right to live in a way that does not cause them harm or impede their human rights. This is set out in our Safeguarding Policy.
Happy Young People of Emmanuel Rejoice is the group for those at high school who meet during the second part of the Sunday morning service in their own den under the stage. They occasionally also meet in the evenings.
This is where our younger children have fun and do various activities related to the service.
Messy church usually meet on the first Sunday of each month from 10:00 am till 12:00 noon.
Messy Church is an all-age fresh expression of church where we come as families to discover God through craft work and games. We usually share food at some point during the session to make it a sociable event. It began over 10 years ago in Portsmouth and now there are thousands of Messy Churches all over the country and abroad, under the umbrella of the Bible Reading Fellowship. You can find out more from www.messychurch.org.uk and on our Messy Church page.
Events for children and young people are organized through Churches Together Children’s Link. Regular events include:
- creative activities for children on Good Friday morning in St Francis’ Church Hall;
- occasional afternoon events for children of primary school age, held at different venues;
- summer fun for younger children on an afternoon in August at Sparrow’s Den.
The aim of the Scout Association is the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of young people so that they may take a constructive place in society. Each Scout makes a promise to do his best to do his duty to God, the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law.
Some more details about Scouts in general can be found here.
Being a Guide is about learning and growing, making and keeping friends, and developing a set of values to help you live your life to the full. Each Guide makes a promise to be true to herself and develop her beliefs, to serve the Queen and community, to help other people and to keep the Guide Law.
Some more information can be found here.