The Minster crèche endeavours to be a fun, welcoming resource for the youngest members of the congregation and their families. We hope to facilitate parents and carers worshipping at the 10am service during term time and to provide a forum for parents/ carers to meet other members of the congregation with young families.
The children enjoy playing with our toys, games and books and a simple craft activity pertaining to a Bible story or the festival we are celebrating at the time. We end with a Bible story and songs before we join parents and the congregation in the Minster.
The crèche runs in the small hall from 9.50am until we bring the children to rejoin their parents and the congregation during Communion.
Children are welcome from as young as their parents feel comfortable with. Parents are welcome to stay in crèche too - whatever they feel best meets the needs of their child and themselves.
Once they have started Reception class at school and they and their parents feel that they are ready, the children can move on to Kingfishers.
‘Kingfishers’ is a group of enthusiastic children aged 4–10, who meet in the church hall every Sunday in term time from 9.45am – 11.00am, when they join the adults in the Minster Church. The children are on their own journey of discovery as they listen and reflect on Bible stories, sing and pray together and enjoy various activities.
Each term Kingfishers join the residents at the Almshouses for a special Eucharist Service in the Almshouse Chapel. This is a great opportunity for young and old to meet together and enjoy shared worship, and we are always very warmly welcomed by the residents. When the children move from Year 6 to Year 7, they are introduced to the Blue Door Group, which is the follow-up group for young people of secondary school age.
Blue Door Group
The Blue Door Group was started in January 2011 for young people who need a time and place in the church to explore their faith, discuss issues that are important to them and develop their role as members of the Minster community.
The group is for young people aged 10 and above. We meet every Sunday during term time at 9.45 am in the Vicar's Study for a light breakfast and welcome activity, then move on to the main focus of the session before joining the congregation at ‘The Peace’ during the Parish Eucharist.
We have a busy programme of events lined up for the term on Sunday mornings and an opportunity for our young people to take part in some of the important outreach work that the Minster undertakes on a day-to-day basis.
The team presents different focal points each week but the aim remains the same: to welcome young people to worship every Sunday and to involve them in the life, work and mission of Croydon Minster throughout the year. The emphasis is on faith, friendship and fun and the group offers a warm welcome to familiar and new faces.
If you would like to join us or wish to find out more about The Blue Door Group, please contact the Minster Office. We look forward to seeing you soon.