Lighthouse Sunday Club

Lighthouse Sunday Club

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 – 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:, tel: 01403 256 789

Lighthouse Report – St Mary’s Youth and Children’s termly newsletter January – April 2018

The Families & Children’s Work

We hope that you like our new Lighthouse logo!

The children had a lot of fun in Lighthouse sessions last term with Liz and her team creating some wonderful learning for the themes “Who is God and who am I to God?’, ‘How God loves us & guides us’ and ‘God’s big plan’, culminating in a Nativity party on Dec 16th.

Our amazing Year of the Bible book for families was collated and is now on sale with profits going to Thanks a million!

Lighthouse also supports the mission charity World Vision – the world’s largest charity helping children worldwide. Last term we raised money by collecting the old, ‘round’ £1 coins. This term we will host a Grandparents’ & Godparents’ afternoon tea party on March 3rd- please support us by donating or attending!

Our first WhoLetTheDadsOut? of the year hosts the firefighters (yes, with an appliance!!) on Feb 3rd. Lent starts on Feb 14th and we will have a special Mothering Sunday all age service on March 11th, the Egg Party on March 17th, the usual Palm Sunday procession on March 25th; I love celebrating the church year with the children!

Lighthouse takes an Easter break April 1st -15th. The crèche is always available for the 930 services and there will be activities provided for 3-11 year olds in the Leslie room on Feb 18th, April 8th & 15th.

Our themes this term are ‘Who is Jesus?,’ Parables & Prayer as we join with the church in the diocesan Year of Prayer.

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.

Families’ & Children’s worker

Youth work and CIA at Lighthouse

Last term was packed full of great activities and events for young people – Here is just
a few highlights:

At TGIF (Friday night youth club) we have been having lots of fun making toasties,
baking biscuits, and playing Ga Ga Ball! We also ran our first trip to a new trampoline
park, Flip Out where we got to test out our parkour skills and pull our best ninja poses.
We are really looking forward to the coming term at TGIF – Year 6
from St Mary’s school will be coming up to join us from Friday 12th Jan
and we can’t wait to welcome them in!

We’re also excited to tell you about Youth Alpha which started at Holy
Trinity last term. We’ve been exploring an introduction to the Christian faith and
asking some of the big questions around ‘Who is Jesus & Why did he die?’. Do join us
on Sunday 14th January, 7pm @ Holy Trinity, Rushams Road to get involved!

Also, did you see some shepherds & sheep on The Forum on
Sunday 16th December? If so – that was us! We had some
fantastic volunteers dress up as shepherds to take part in the
Horsham Churches Together Nativity Trail. We were handing
out Christmas nativity storybooks and keeping our sheep well
fed with digestive biscuits – Big thanks to all the volunteers for
hosting a fantastic stall.

We are excited to see what the next ‘Year of Prayer’ has in store for us at St Mary’s –
Please do continue to pray for young people at St Mary’s that they would continue to
walk with Jesus every day.

Matt Lee (Student Youth Worker)