Church of England

Shine - Our Sunday Morning Children's Groups


Our Sunday morning children's groups are called 'Shine'.  Everyone is welcome.  

Please see the details below  for more information and please if you have any questions.

Shine - on Sunday mornings

imageHere at the Good Shepherd, children and young people are welcome every Sunday.  At All Age Services (usually on the first Sunday of the month and at special festivals such as Harvest, Mothering Sunday, Christmas and Easter) children are an intrinsic part of our service; they get involved and join in alongside the adult members of the congregation.  Toys, books and colouring sheets are available for younger children if needed.

On other Sundays, school aged children meet in their own groups (see below for more details) and join the service in time to share in communion.  Younger children are welcome to stay in the service with their parents - we provide 'Happy Bags' for them to use if they wish.  Alternatively, if accompanied by a parent, they may either join the children's groups or use the toys and books in the room adjacent to the main hall.

Online Safety

We sometimes use tablets in our Sunday morning activities to enable the children to access information on the internet.  We have an Online Safety Policy Statement.  All children using the tablets (and one of their parents) will be asked to read and sign our Online Safety Agreement.

Our Shine programme for the term

7th AprilAfter the resurrection - Doubting Thomas
14th AprilAfter the resurrection - the road to Emmaus
21st AprilIntroducing links between the Bible and Hymns
28th AprilAll Age Worship for Candlemas - Jesus is 40 days old
5th MayAll-Age worship about being fruit-full for Jesus
12th MayJesus ascends into heaven, and  Christian Aid Week
19th MayPentecost (50 days after Easter) 
26th MayTrinity Sunday
2nd JuneAll-Age worship followed by the Pentecost Picnic at 12 noon
9th JuneIntroducing the history of the Bible
16th JuneTaking a new section of the Bible and Father’s Day
23rd JuneThe Bible Bookcase story continues 
30th JuneTime for a different Bible section 
7th July
All-Age worship
14th JulyThe Bible Bookcase is complete
21st JulyTime for a re-cap and summer goodbyes!


imageStars is our Sunday morning group for children of pre-school age, in Reception and Key Stage 1.  Younger children, including babies, are also very welcome to join in!  

All children should be accompanied by an adult until they are of school age.


imageRockets is our Sunday morning group for children in school years 3, 4 & 5.  


imageBeacons is our group for children and young people in year 6 and above.