‘Creche’ – birth-18 months
The Good Shepherd provides a crèche during the 9.30 Sunday family service, to care for infants and children younger than ‘kindy’ age, in a fun and safe environment
‘Tiny Tots’ – from 18 months / ‘Bubbles’ – from 3 years / ‘Splash’ – Grades 1-3 / ‘Xstream’ – Grades 4-7
Children’s church is run as part of the 9.30 Sunday family service. The 30-40 children who take part each week feel very much that The Good Shepherd belongs to them as much as the adults! They have a great time both learning about Jesus and being with their friends.
We provide 3 groups using material from Scripture Union: ‘Bubbles’ for pre-school/kindy to grade 1, ‘Splash’ for grades 2-5, and ‘Xstream’ for grades 6-7. We have consistent leadership throughout the year, with separate term time and school holiday programs. Activities each week include craft, drama, singing and stories, to help children better understand God’s plan for their lives, and his love for them shown especially in his Son Jesus Christ.
“Timbrellists of the Good Shepherd” (TOGS) is a group for girls which meets each week for fellowship, bible study, prayer and to “Praise the Lord in Timbrel and Dance (Psalm 150:4)
Due to the growth of TOGS over the years, we added an extra class so we have 4 classes, based on School Grade levels:
- Mini TOGS (Grades 1&2) 4 girls
- Junior TOGS (Grades 3-5) 8 girls
- Intermediate TOGS (Grades 6-7) 8 girls
- Senior TOGS (Grades 8 and above) 7 girls
We hold classes weekly during term time.
Each week we do a short Bible study, of varying depth depending on age level, and discuss topics such as Why we dance? What does the bible say about dance and worship? We share about our personal relationships with God or struggles we are having, and read the Bible together. During TOGS we practice items for church events coming up. It is also a time of fellowship for the girls (and their mums) where we take the opportunity to relate any church events with their own personal walk with God, witness to their friends etc.