Childrenís Church groups
The service begins at 10.30am and after a short time of worship the children (0-10 year olds) leave at 10.45am to meet in the Parish Centre (40 Pembroke Street, Oxford) for Children's Church. The older children (10-14 year olds) meet in the foyer at 11am.
Please take your child (10 and under) over to register them and pick them up after the service, ensuring that you sign them in and out with one of the leaders in charge of that group.
Children's Church songs
Here are some of the kids songs we sing in Childrenís Church and where you can find them:
Children's baptism testimonies
"Hello, my name is Jonny and I am thirteen years old. I have been coming to this church since I was two.
I was born into a Christian family and have grown up believing in God and going to church. It has always been a big part of my life, but sometimes it has been pushed to the back of my mind, and I have considered myself a Christian but sometimes havenít really thought about what it entails. Recently though, I have dug deeper into Christianity, and my relationship with God has flourished. It has been nearly nine years since I first gave my life to God, after a Christmas carol service here at St Aldates, but never in those nine years have I felt more alive in my spiritual life than I do now. I have though, always known that God is my father, whom I can trust and that he loves me and always will, and without that knowledge I donít know where Iíd be.
God, to me, is my father and my king Ė he is someone I can turn to, someone who loves me, someone I can spend time with like my dad, and as my king heís in charge of everything, powerful, and he has everything he could possibly need but despite this he cares about each and every one of us. Heís in charge of justice but heís merciful, and I know that when I make mistakes he wants me to come back, and welcomes me with open arms.
In one of my favourite verses of the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11, God says ĎFor I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.í In baptism, I am choosing to give myself over to the Lord so that he will be forever with me in my walk with him as he gives me a hope and a future. I want God to use me to play my part in building his kingdom on Earth and baptism is me expressing that to the world.
I am also getting baptised today to publicly proclaim my faith and say that this is what I stand for, this is who I am. I am showing my gratitude too, to God, and thanking him for all the great good that he has done for me. I am publicly acknowledging what he has done and how grateful I am for it. How grateful I am for his everlasting love and compassion and I want to show that to everyone and baptism is proclamation of who we are, and this is who I want to be.
To early Christians, baptism was a huge thing: after Paul was converted, the first thing he did was get baptised Ė before eating. It is one of the main parts of a personís relationship with God, and I am proud to be getting baptised and nailing my colours to his mast."
- Jonny (17/11/13)
"I grew up in a Christian family and I went to church to believe in God. I moment I wake up in the morning I feel Godís hand touching me and pray for me at home, at school and at church.
I like to worship at church because I want to be closer to God.
I try not to chat at school because I want to be sensible and not get told off.
I want to be baptised because I want to be closer to God because I love him and he is in my heart."
- Katie (16/6/13)
"I grew up with a Christian family and went to church. I believed in what my mum and dad believed in and thought of myself as a Christian until a year ago a few months after my tenth birthday and my older brother, Chris who's 18 years old, stopped believing in god which put doubt in my mind about gods existence and being older and hanging out with non Christian friends every day at school can't of helped.
Also now my brother wasn't a Christian he would keep bringing up reasons why god didnít exist while my mum and dad tried to show him the Christian view point against that. During this he would also say to me that god didnít really exist when I was talking to my mum about a Christian question.
I chose this path because I believe Jesus came down to earth like it says in John 3-16: Because I love the world so much I will give my one and only son to die on the cross so that whoever believes in me shall not perish but live eternally.
Now I'm eleven I've decided that I want to lead a Christian life. One of the ways this has made me different is at school when my friends were door stepping people and I chose not to because I didn't want to injure anyone.
I don't want anyone to stop me leading a Christian life. That is why I am getting baptised today!"
- Ben (16/6/13)
Children's Church leaders
These are wonderful people who are interacting with your children every Sunday. They see it as an enormous privilege to be able to help your children understand the bible, give them real-life applications of what the bible means as well as helping them to remember these at school and throughout the week.
Please click here for resources to help you plan your sessions