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Families and Children

Families and Children

We love being a Church made up of people from 0-100 and families are a strong part of our community. So whatever shape your family takes, you’re welcome here with us. 

Our children and youth are the future of the Church and that’s only going to work if they feel at home with us now. Families are a key part of the present! So we’re working hard to grow a supportive network of families; loved, encouraged, prayed-for as part of Portswood Church. 

Our weekly Sunday morning celebration-service sees everyone of all ages together for a while and then children from 0-16 go to other parts of the building to learn from the Bible in groups. It’s a fun time with lots of creativity and all kinds of activities. Normally they come back to join the rest of the Church when we share a little of what we’ve all been learning and sing a final song. Sometimes the children’s and youth groups lead the whole time and we have regular 'All2Gather' services led by our dedicated children's team leader, where we stay together as one big church-family and she adapts our usual service accordingly! 

During term-time we also have a number of mid-week activities for children and young people:-

  • Portswood Pod (our toddler group) is on a Tuesday morning from 10.00am until 11.30am. You can find out more about Portswood Pod here
  • Midweek Madness, for school years 7 - 11, meets 7.30 - 9pm every Wednesday in the back hall of the church. Join us for friendship, fun and a chance to build relationships with God and with each other.  We also have a Youth sleepover twice a year which is always lots of fun!
  • Throughout the year we have a variety of different events which take place for our families under the banner of 'Rooted' from lunches, beach trips, to walks in local woods. Look out for details of Messy Churches and family fun afternoons which happen several times a year. They are a great opportunity for families to get together and gain support from each other as well as having lots of fun.
  • Here at Portswood Church we realise that children don’t arrive with a manual, so we are working on giving parents support as they work their way through bringing up their children. As well as all the informal support-networks we periodically run a five-week Parenting Course. For more information read what one of our parents thought about the course here.

‘As a leadership team we really want to be a Church where people of all ages are following Jesus together. He once deliberately placed a child in the middle of his disciples to show them what trusting and following Him as Lord really looks like. (It’s in Matt.18:1-5) So it’s crucial that we are with families and children learning together to follow Jesus; loving Him, loving each other and loving those who are lost without Him.’ John Ayrton – Lead Pastor. 

Note: All our work with children is covered by our child protection policy. Portswood Church is a member of CCPAS and all our volunteers are DBS checked.

Thy Kingdom Come!
We're praying that the Spirit would inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks...
Listen to Andrew Rose speaking on
"A people for the world"
Acts 8:1-8;26-40.