Children and Youth Work

Junior Church (ACE)

Junior Church meets every Sunday morning from 10.30am until the end of the service – approximately 11.35. We provide a friendly environment for youngsters from 3 years until they are ready to join Church members in the service.  We use Disney type DVDs monthly which contain Bible stories and develop these themes during the month.  We join church members on the third Sunday of each month for a lively Family Service when the young people take part which encourages confidence and ensures that they see church as an interesting and relevant part of their lives.  We also hold ‘special’ mornings when we use drama, music, cooking or games to enliven their learning. We divide into classes after an initial ‘family time’ which means we can cater for our young people at the level of their understanding.  We make every effort to ensure that our faith has action by partaking in the annual shoebox scheme, corresponding and supporting a child in India and responding to appeals in the wider world.  We join the congregation for 10-15 minutes each Sunday which helps the children develop a sense of reverence and the congregation enjoy hearing what the young people have been doing which cultivates a good family atmosphere.

Contact Mavis Daniels (01489 892148) for details


Creche Facilities

Whatever event happens to be taking place, babies and young children can be are catered for with our crèche facilities, located in the basement. Mums and Dads can join little ones along with dedicated helpers (if available) and enjoy a variety of distractions including soft toys and craft. Baby changing facilities are also available.


Buggies and Brunch

Buggies & Brunch is a friendly and welcoming group open to anyone caring for a 0-5 year old. It is held at Swanmore Methodist Church every Thursday (term time) from 9.15am – 10.45am and will typically include the following:

• Brunch (Filter coffee, croissants, fruit juice, toast, fresh fruit)

• Free play (With toys and children’s play equipment)

• Activities (Singing, instruments, action songs, storytelling, drama, puppets)

• Work (Craft work based on the theme for the week)

For further details, please contact us.


Half-Term Activities

During school holidays we endeavour to hold events which develop the children’s skills and help the leaders and those from the congregation get to know them better. We have held many successful cookery days when the youngsters cook ‘proper’ meals and then sit down and enjoy sampling the items they have produced.  We have also used this activity to raise funds for an emergency situation when our youngsters have enjoyed producing cakes and biscuits to sell and been able to see the results of their activity. We are privileged in having a congregation which supports their efforts. We take part in the annual Flower and Produce show, and spend a day cooking and preparing craft items and we have had much success in various classes.