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:-
‘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 thirtyone:eight (previously known as CCPAS) and all our volunteers are DBS checked.