Frequently Asked questions 

I’m new to St Barnabas?
Where do my children go?
Why do I have to check my children in and out?
Do you have a Child Protection Policy?
What if first aid is required?
What is a typical session like?
Are there any rules and Sanctions?
What do I do if my child is unhappy in their group?
When do my children move up to a new group?
What happens during the holidays?
How does St Barnabas contact parents/carers?
Do I have to help with my children’s groups?
What other ways can I engage with the Kids & Families community at St Bs?



I’m new to St Barnabas?
We want you to feel at home and at our weekly Kids congregations for our 0-11s so please don’t hesitate to speak to one of our kids leaders with any questions or useful information regarding your child. We aim to provide you and your child(ren) with the best possible experience that is welcoming, supportive, safe and fun!

 
Where do my children go?
We have three groups on a Sunday morning for children aged 0-11s. Tots Church (0-2s – but if your child is aged 0-12 months we require an adult to stay), Mini Church (3-5s) and Kids Church (6-11s) groups open from 9.25/11.25am. Please ask a member of the St.Bs hospitality/host team if you are unsure where to go. Your child(ren) do not need to bring anything (a snack & drink are provided) and our teams look forward to welcoming you. We also have additional support available to those families with children with any special needs which can be given in their group or in our venue Our Place.
 

Why do I have to check my children in and out?
The safety and security of your children are fundamental to the kid’s ministry at St. Barnabas Church. We endeavour to use safe systems and procedures to ensure that each child is checked in and accounted for at all times. Safe systems are more effective when we work together and so require the help and support of our parents and carers. As well as registration for the weekly session where children must be signed in and out by their responsible adult, as a regular member we also require all families to complete a more detailed registration form so we that we can get to know your child better and help them to have the best possible experience with us on a Sunday as well as keep you up to date with all relevant information. You know your child best so any additional information can be extremely helpful and of course are confidential within the core team. It is essential that committed church members complete this form for us to be able to accept your child into their group. Delivering safe systems can be more time consuming so we greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation during the registration and collection times.
 

Do you have a Child Protection Policy?
Our child protection policy can be viewed here As well as our registration and collection procedures our Team leaders complete a DBS check, attend an annual child protection training course as well as receiving further equipping and input through meetings throughout the year. Team leaders, regular volunteers and parent and carer helpers are all given copies of our child safeguarding policies which are also available to view on our blog or can be obtained from your child’s group.

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What if first aid is required?
There are trained first aiders onsite each Sunday and in the first instance parents/carers will be contacted. If your child has any allergies or specific medical needs please let your child’s team know any details or action needed. If you are a regular member this should be disclosed on their registration form and relevant information and permission given as appropriate.
 

What is a typical session like?
Tots, Mini & Kids Church is ‘Church’ for our 0-11s. We believe in enabling each child to meet with God in an age appropriate setting. In a typical session these elements will be included; play/craft, teaching, worship and prayer ministry along with refreshments. An important part of the kid’s ministry here at St. Barnabas is praying for each child individually, through a variety of ways i.e. resting with God, listening to God and praying for healing, among others. The children's ministry at St Barnabas is committed to praying for the children we disciple, and believe it is vital that during our sessions that we make space for God to move and speak to us and the children. Depending on the group your child(ren) may bring something home related to their session.
 

Are there any rules and Sanctions?
Our aim is to create a respectful, fun, safe and inclusive environment where our parents/carers partner with our Tots, Mini and Kids church leaders to provide an exciting experience for our children. Our behaviour Policy outlines the key expectations needed to create such an environment and help us all to work together in supporting one another in the kids & families community at St. Barnabas. A copy of the policy can be viewed on our blog, obtained from your child(ren)s group leader and will be sent to you if you are a regular registered member.
 

What do I do if my child is unhappy in their group?
Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of your child’s team or if more appropriate the Children’s and Families Pastor if you have any concerns about your child. If your child appears very unsettled we would initially encourage you to stay gradually working towards you leaving for longer periods of time as they become more comfortable with the environment and people. Our team members are on hand to help settle your child, please make sure that we have your mobile number or where you will be located so we can find you quickly if needed.
 

When do my children move up to a new group?
From 12 months old children can be left unsupervised with the Tots Church Team, although parent/carers are always welcome to stay and drop in and out as needed. Children will move up to Mini church when they start Nursery age and Mini Church children will start Kids church when they join Year 1. The half term before their transition children and parent/carers will be invited to visit their new groups giving them an opportunity to get to know the team, children and new setting.
 
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What happens during the holidays?
Throughout the year we give our regular team leaders and volunteers short periods of well-earned rest! During these the usual programme can vary in content and sometimes includes joint group celebrations. We will aim to let you know about in advance.
 

How does St Barnabas contact parents/carers?
If you are a regular member at St.Bs and have registered your child please look out for our correspondence via post, email and text. It is important that you let us know if your contact information changes so we can update our records. It is essential that we have your correct information for general information but also as an emergency contact on a Sunday morning. You can also keep up to date with us by joining our Facebook group and regularly checking our blog at stbkidsandfamilies.blogspot.com.
 

Do I have to help with my children’s groups?
Our Parent/Carer Teams are vital to providing the best possible sessions for our under 5s. They give crucial support to the team leaders as they deliver a programme where the children can learn and grow in their knowledge and experience of Jesus in a safe and well organised environment. All our regular parents and carers are placed in a Tots, Mini or Kids Church helper team to serve around 4 times a term. This enables us to provide a higher standard of care and support which also has a positive impact on the quality of the session. More importantly this gives our parents/carers the opportunity to see what happens in their child’s group throughout the year .Once we have received a completed registration form for your child you will be contacted with your team details. We are happy to discuss this further if you have any concerns or questions.
 

What other ways can I engage with the Kids & Families community at St Bs?
We are passionate about encouraging the children in their relationship with God at home as well as in our weekly services. We are priviledged to get to spend an hour and half with your children each week but are also aware that it is our parents and carers that have the greatest opportunities to sew good things into the lives of your children throughout the week. Therefore we try to keep our families well informed about what we are doing each week as well as provide other resources and ideas to support you. This may come through things sent home with your child such as our ‘takeaway’ in our younger groups giving suggestions to carry on our themes at home or keeping up to date with our blog/Facebook group where we post a range of varied resources for families as well as key information about the St. Bs kids and families ministry. We would also encourage you to keep an eye out for information regarding our seasonal events and also our Families Missional Community who meet regularly to build community across our families and encourage one another as we reach out to the communities we live and work in outside of St. Bs.

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