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.

GROUPS: We provide ‘church’ tailored to fit the needs of various particular age groups.

  • The 0-2 year olds meet 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, upstairs at the back of the church. Two volunteers supervise various play activities and encourage a short circle time with songs and a prayer. The children are dropped off by the carer before the service and 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 into the church with the Lighthouse leaders for communion before being returned safely to their parents at the end of the service.
  • All 11+ call themselves the CIA Christians in Action. They meet at the same time as the Lighthouse -9.30-10.15am.  They meet in the clergy vestry, which is at the altar end of the church.  Please ask the welcomers at the main door if you are unsure.

Each Lighthouse 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, parents are welcome to stay at Lighthouse with their children for the first half term or until they are happily settled.

PROGRAMME 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 programme that is published termly on paper, by email and on the website.

CONTACT email the families & children’s worker Fiona on families@stmaryshorsham.org.uk for any query or concern. We are on Facebook too – www.facebook.com/HorshamStMary’sChurchFamilies

SAFEGUARDING 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. Volunteer parents may assist the leaders. However only trained leaders toilet children. Many 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 officers as listed on our safeguarding page here.

If you would like to know more about the content of each week or if your child misses a week, please speak to their group leader or Fiona.  Speak to the church office to find out what the C.I.A. (age 11+) are doing this term.  The crèche children (age 0-2) do not have a structured curriculum.