At St John’s we firmly believe that children are not just the church of the future, they’re the church of today as well. So we try to reflect that in our 11.00am contemporary service.

Every service begins with all ages worshipping together, then, during term time, children, up to the age of 14, usually go off to their own groups to learn about the Bible in an age-appropriate way. All groups include a mix of Bible stories, games and crafts.



Scramblers Age 3 – end of Reception year
Climbers Year 1 – 3 (primary school – 5-8 yr olds)
Explorers Year 4 – 6 (primary school – 8 – 11 yr olds)
Challengers Year 7-9  (secondary school – 11 – 14 yr olds)
Youth Group Year 9 +


Teenagers Talking

Youth Group / SAS – School Year 9+  (age 13+)

Teenagers worship in the service with adults on a Sunday morning and then meet together on a Sunday evening from 6.30-8.00pm. There’s always Bible teaching, fun and refreshments.


For children under 3 years there is a specially designed area where they can play with toys and read books with their parents. The room has a window allowing adults to see in to the service and a speaker, which relays the sound so you can still feel a part of the service.

All Age Services

Once a month and in school holidays we have All Age Worship when the service is designed for all ages to worship together for the whole time.

Toddler Group – Midweek

Pram Club meets on a Monday morning for pre-school children and their carers.

There is time to play with the toys, do a bit of craft and have a sing song.


We take safeguarding and keeping children safe, very seriously at St John’s. Every Sunday school Leader and Helper is fully CRB checked.

View our Safeguarding Policy or see the main menu for more information about Safeguarding.


Daily Bible Reading Notes for Children & Teenagers

boy reading bible

The Sunday School leaders and helpers really miss not being able to teach the children in Sunday School due to the COVID pandemic. So we’ve listed just a few of the daily bible reading notes that are on the market, which you might like to try with your children to help them to keep reading the bible and growing in their knowledge and faith of Jesus.

There are many resources out there – but we’ve just listed a few that we know are widely available.


Name Age Group Published by
Everyday with God 6-8 yrs CEF
Exploring the Bible 365 days 6-12 yrs Crossway
Snapshots 365 7-11 yrs Scripture Union
XTB    (Explore the Bible) 7-11 yrs Good Book Company
Discover 11-14 yrs Good Book Company
Airlock 14-18 yrs Scripture Union
Engage 14-18 yrs Good Book Company
Table Talk whole family Mitchell Alison


Buy through a local Christian Bookshop

Swindon – Rainbow Bookshop

Tel: 01793 694 583  or see their Facebook page.

Highworth – Lighthouse Bookshop

Tel: 01793 763 337  Email:

Buy online

Here are just some of the websites through which you can buy the above bible notes:

Eden / Essential Christian –

Good Book Company –

ICM books Direct –

Resources from the Bible Society

The Bible Society have also created some resources for children aged 5-11 years.  They could be used either as a homeschooling RE lesson or a mini Sunday School at home.

View the Resources

Easter Craft

Why not try this easy Easter Craft at home – all you need is a sheet of paper!

Easter craft

What else can you make with a sheet of paper?

Video- story of the cross

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Pram Club