Children & youth

We welcome children of all ages to worship and learn about God with us.

Our Aim

To show children they are loved and accepted by God, and to help them understand what it means to be a Christian.

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  • Church for all ages! Fun, creative and springing up all over the country
  • Stories, songs, crafts and activities bring Bible stories to life to children and adults alike.
  • Cricklade: First Sunday of the month, 4-5pm at the United Church, Calcutt Steet. An ecumenical venture between St Sampson's and the United Church. Ends with a sandwich tea for the children. Check the calendar for dates and venues.
  • Ashton Keynes: Third Sunday of the month, 4-5.30pm at the School Hall, Ashton Keynes School, Gosditch. We all sit down to one of Clare's cooked teas at the end of our time together.

S Club in Cricklade

  • For 3-11 year olds
  • Runs most Sundays during the 4pm Informal Worship at St Sampson's Primary School
  • Focuses on a specific Bible story or theme each week
  • Includes crafts, activities, prayers and songs

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Family Services in Ashton Keynes

  • For all God's Family from 8 days to 88 years old – all are welcome and we hope you'll find something that's just right for you. Many of our school children come and take part.
  • 10 am on the 1st Sunday in the month in Holy Cross Church.
  • Songs, a story (often dramatised), activity, some prayers and a “thought for the day”.

JAM sessions at All Saints', Leigh

  • Jesus And Me. A story, song, activities and our JAM cakes.
  • For children and their families on Fridays 4–5 pm after school in the summer months.

Latton Tots Parent and Toddler Group

Includes crafts, song and a Bible story. More about Latton Tots.

Open the Book assemblies in primary schools

  • Bringing the Bible to life through dramatised readings and audience participation.
  • Volunteers welcome to join these Ecumenical teams.
  • Cricklade Infant School every Tuesday and Junior School every Wednesday
  • Ashton Keynes Primary School alternate Fridays

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There is also a small crèche area in St Sampson's where parents can entertain younger children during the service whilst still hearing what’s going on. There are toys and books for young children available during the service at Holy Cross in Ashton Keynes.

Children and Communion

Children who are old enough to understand the importance of communion but are too young to be confirmed are able to take communion in this diocese after suitable preparation and with the agreement of their parents/guardians. We run a course for young people to prepare them. If your children would like to consider this and you are happy for them to do so or if there are families who you know would be interested, please let contact us.

Holiday Club

Run in partnership with Churches Together, Holiday Club features songs, stories and crafts to help primary-age children learn more about God. 

Bell ringers and music group

Young people are always welcome to join in either of these activities. Do speak to someone in church to find out more.

Safe and Sound Policy

We have a Safe and Sound policy in accordance with the Children’s Act in all our churhces to ensure the well being of your children. Avril Fray is the Child Protection Coordinator at St Sampson's, Gilly Riddington in Ashton Keynes, Nicky Lawrence in Latton, Pam Cowler in Leigh.