The Lighthouse is our fun Sunday Club for children.
It is held most Sundays during term-time except when there are special services or all age family worship. We provide ‘church’ tailored to fit the needs of various particular age groups.
- The 0-2 year olds are in the side chapel of the main church – the crèche. Two volunteers man it every session so that you can remain in the service.
- Once they are ‘too old’ for the crèche, 2+ are welcome in the Leslie room. Three volunteers supervise various play activities and encourage a short circle time with songs and a prayer. The children are collected promptly before the parent goes for communion.
- Once at school, the 5-11 year olds meet in the Barn (part of the Church Centre at the top of Causeway) with games, activities, storytelling & prayers. After their activities in the Barn, the children are led down to the church with the Lighthouse leaders for communion before being returned safely to their parents at the end of the service.
- All 11+ meet in the clergy vestry, which is at the altar end of the church. They enter the church from the big wooden outside door; please ask if you are unsure. They meet with Matt, our youth worker and a second volunteer who return with them to church at communion.
Each group has a team of adult leaders who are dedicated to nurturing your children spiritually, physically and emotionally; building relationships with them and teaching them Christian life skills.
If you are at all worried about your child(ren), parents are welcome to stay at Lighthouse with their children for the first half term or until they are happily settled.
Lighthouse activities and learning follow a programme that is planned termly. Details of the programme, together with other events and activities outside of the usual club sessions, are given in the club newsletter which is published termly. We are on Facebook too – www.facebook.com/Horsham StMary’sChurch Families
The safety of children is very important to us. All our leaders and volunteers follow a ‘safe recruitment’ process and are DBS (previously CRB) checked and trained in the protection of children. The leaders may be assisted by volunteer parents. However only trained leaders toilet children. Three of our leaders are first aid trained and we endeavour to ensure one is present for Lighthouse Sunday Club and other events. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please do not hesitate to contact our safeguarding officer Caroline Crook, e-mail: email@example.com, tel: 01403 256 789
Lighthouse Report – St Mary’s Youth and Children’s termly newsletter Summer 2018
The Families & Children’s Work
The children had a lot of fun in Lighthouse sessions last term taking part in the Egg party, the Palm Sunday procession, the Good Friday holiday club and serving afternoon tea to their godparents & grandparents. See the noticeboards, website and Facebook for photo’s! This term we are looking forward to Who Let The Dads Out? (our breakfast & games club for dads & their children) on 21st April with Lego fun and on 7 July in the woods! The big church Fun Day is on 7th May with all the traditional fun day events with Maypole dancing, a colour run for children and lots of stalls all to raise funds for the Thanks a Million church center project.
The themes for the Sparklers & Lasers this term are: APRIL: the body of Christ and what does the Holy Spirit do?
MAY: worship altogether and on our own
JUNE: how does faith help us when we feel sad, angry, worried or disappointed
JULY: training as aliens.
If you would like to know more about the specific content of each week, please speak to one of the leaders.
There are few extra events in the summer term as families are busy with school and other
craziness and so we take the opportunity for volunteer training. There will be an appreciation lunch/training/retreat for all Lighthouse leaders on 5th July and a safeguarding training on 18th June.
The creative types are excited about the Flower festival “Inspired” (14-17th June). Come and see our Lighthouse children’s entry depicting Christ the Redeemer! There will be more creativity at Juliette & Kalina’s art competition to raise funds for the Thanks a million project!
Lighthouse supports the mission charity World Vision – the world’s largest charity supporting children worldwide. We will be finding out about their work to empower, educate and support children in their communities in 2 specific countries next term and our weekly collection goes to them.
We finish the term as usual with a party in the vicarage garden and a ‘graduation’ of children to meet their next group & its leaders. Summer holidays are 29th July – 9th Sept when Lighthouse takes a break. The crèche is always available for the 9.30 service though and there will be activities provided for 3-11 year olds in the Leslie room each week.
The holiday club this year will run 30th July- 3rd August plus the service on Sunday 5th August.
Rebecca, Joyce & Karen lead the fun & games, Bible & crafts, singing & outdoor activities for all primary school aged children. Booking with the office opens in June.
We are looking forward to continuing on our Lighthouse journey this term- full of fun, spiritual development and growing closer to God our creator, our sustainer and saviour.
Fiona, Families’ & Children’s worker
Youth work and CIA at Lighthouse
We have been having lots of fun at TGIF each Friday night with sessions including Sumo Wrestling, Alphabetti Spaghetti challenges and Giant Volleyball. Now the summer term is finally here we hope to be making use of the nearby barrack field for Rounders, Water Fights and Football Competitions!
At CIA, we are currently exploring all sorts of contemporary topics in our world today. Recently we’ve been debating if there is such a thing as a Just War! We’re also looking forward to seeing what else the Year of Prayer has in store.
On one very cold Friday in March, Matt Lee, Judi Cox, Jane Gorrie and Jenny & Becca IT donned their thickest sleeping bags and blankets and took part in YMCA Sleep Easy 2018 – An overnight stay outside with only cardboard and clothes for shelter to raise money and awareness for homeless young people in the Horsham area. A massive thank you to all who donated – We raised a massive £870!
We’re really looking forward to having so much more fun in the coming weeks! Please do continue to pray for our young people at they would grow up in Christ, grow together as Christians and grow in service to Him and his church.
Matt Lee (Student Youth Worker)