Children are very important to us and so precious to God that we wanted to create something special for them.
This place – the community of children – is called JAM (Jesus And Me) with equal provision in Reading and Bracknell (in Bracknell, we refer to this as ‘Jesus Club’). Here our children meet with their friends and God through worship, prayer, bible teaching, fun and games. JAM is exciting and dynamic but it is also a safe place where the children are well cared for and covered in prayer.
Mini-Jammers: 0-1 Year. This group meet in the lounge. Parents can use this room to relax and watch the service through a TV feed while their children play with the toys provided. Baby changing, snacks, baby wipes and nappies are provided. There is also a space in room 3 for those who wish to stay in the meeting.
Jam Tots: 1 year to foundation stage. This group meets in Room 8 – Please use the staircase to the right of the foyer and the door is at the top of the stairs. You are welcome to stay with your child to help them settle in. The group has lots of age-appropriate toys as well as a dedicated team who lead the children through faith building curriculum.
Jam Crew: Foundation stage to Year 5. This group meets upstairs, above the main meeting room (room 4). Please use the staircase to the left of the foyer. Registration is at the top of the stairs. Jam crew often use the grounds outside Woodley Hill House (they can often be seen enjoying themselves during the service!). ‘Our Jam Crew team are dedicated to helping your children grow in their faith, developing their spiritual gifts and building a fun community.
We aim to help the children develop their own faith and expect to see God use them. Therefore, we have the same components as grown-ups.
Our desire, and our prayer, is that each and every one of our church ministries would be infused with a focus on those outside the walls of the church building. As members, like “scattered servants” we take the hope and faith that God has given us wherever we go in our communities. We do this through the way we relate and interact with other people, and so we long for these interactions to be a means through which the hope of the gospel message in Jesus Christ is spread throughout our spheres of influence.
Friends are welcome at all events, whether Sunday mornings, parties or socials. Young people are encouraged to pray for their friends and love them!
Children are encouraged to help and serve each other, sponsor a child overseas and be part of the Mercy Ministries, if possible.
We have a short teaching session with related activities, games, drama and crafts to help the children understand the significance of what they have learnt.
On their first day, a form is filled in for all children detailing their name, age, address and any special needs*. Then each Sunday, parents sign-in their child at 10:20am, and sign them out at the end of the service,12pm. In order to provide the highest level of care for our children, we need a good ratio of team members to children. Therefore, we encourage parents to join the JAM team and recommend that at least one parent of every JAM-age child joins a Sunday team. Input from the JAM Team is highly valued and your contribution on a Sunday provides the children with useful role models and bridges into the wider church. Not only that, but it is great fun! * Please be sure to inform the JAM Team if your child has any special needs, allergies, etc or if you do not wish him/her to have fruit or squash. All team members are DBS (police) checked and are accountable to Trim, our children’s ministry leader and receive regular training. This enables us to grow as a team, develop personal skills and contribute to the development of JAM. Tonya is the safe-guarding officer.