Children are loved and made very welcome at Elmwood at the many midweek and weekend activities. We try to demonstrate God’s love in the way we live and relate to others and the teaching times give children plenty of opportunities to explore the Christian faith. Our aim is to provide fun, safe and friendly groups and activities. All are welcome.

Little Salties (0-3s)

little-saltiesMost Sunday mornings from around 11am to the end of the morning service.

Your little one stays with you for the first 20-30 minutes of the Sunday morning service before going to play with other 0–3′s.

In Little Salties they will be lovingly cared for while allowing you the luxury of being able to focus on and enjoy the remaining worship and teaching uninterrupted! If it would help then you are welcome to stay with your child in the crèche room for a little while as they settle in.

The Stewards will show you where Little Salties meets. Please would you collect them straight after the service – or sooner if needed.

Salt Cellar (3-11s)

salt-cellarMost Sunday mornings from around 11am to the end of the morning service.

Salt Cellar is for children from 3 – 11 years (Pre-school – Year 6). Children stay with their parents for the beginning of the service.

Why is it called Salt Cellar? Matthew 5:13 says “You are the Salt of the earth” – this is our aim for the children we care for.

There are 3 groups:

Crystals (Age 3 – 5)
Bible stories and Praise time, puppets, art and craft and other activities which are all used to provide an interesting and fun morning.

Sea Salts (School Years 1 – 2)
Exploring the Bible using a whole range of age appropriate activities including crafts and games.

Rock Salt & Pure Salt (School Years 3 – 6)
Meets in the Red Zone in the Hall. We unpack themes from the Bibles using video, drama, games and small group discussion.

Toddlers (0-3s)

toddlersMonday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30 am – 11.30 am (term time only).

Toddlers is for parents, grandparents and carers with pre-school children. It’s an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers from the local community to meet together and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and hot toast! It’s also a safe and friendly environment for babies and toddlers to play with a wide variety of toys and make new friends.

The large carpeted sports hall means plenty of space for big toys, an area for an easy craft activity plus a separate area for babies to enjoy their own toys. The session ends with singing favourite nursery rhymes and songs, including actions!

Toddler Group costs £2 per family or carer group per session. All are welcome. No need to book, just come along.

Playgroup (2½s-4s)

playgroupTuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 – 11.30 am (term time only).

Elmwood Playgroup is for children aged 2½ – 4. We aim to provide a warm, welcoming environment where each child (and family) is valued and cared for and where children are encouraged to develop to fulfil their potential. Our qualified and experienced staff carefully plan fun and stimulating activities appropriate to the age and development of the children.

We have a purpose built Playgroup room which is well resourced with different areas for different play: quiet area for reading, area for imaginary play, craft area and more. We also have a secure outside play area for the children so they can play out at every opportunity (weather permitting!).

The cost for Playgroup is £5 per session. Places must be booked in advance for children who will be 2 years old before September. 

Playgroup is in high demand. You will usually need to put your child on the waiting list which you can do at any age. Please contact the Elmwood office if you are interested in your child joining.

Anchors (5-7’s)

Anchors-LogoWednesdays from 6.00 – 7.00pm (term time only)

Anchors is a club for children age 5–7 years (Year 1-2) from Salt Cellar, their friends and the local community. We aim to provide a safe place for children to meet regularly, have fun, do activities and hear about Jesus.

It’s called Anchors because we want the children to have Jesus as their anchor. “We have this hope as an anchor in our lives.” Hebrews 6:19

A typical night will include games, a fantastic craft and a talk all based on the theme of the night such as “Jesus welcomes children”. Parents and carers are welcome to stay for a cuppa and a chat.

Anchors is very popular and places are limited. Please contact the Elmwood office if you are interested in your child joining.

Junction (7-11s)

junctionFridays from 6.45pm – 8.15pm (term time only)

Junction is an exciting club for children age 7-11 years (Year 3-6) from Salt Cellar, their friends and the local community. We aim to provide a safe place for children to meet regularly, have fun, do activities and hear about Jesus.

It’s called “Junction” because at some point in our lives, we come to a “junction point” where we have to decide which way we are going to go.

A typical night can include: sport, craft, cookery, active games plus a chill-out option and a Tuck Shop. There are also special themed events e.g. Water Wars, Talent Show, Quiz nights!

“Hot Spot” @ 8pm – someone from the team or a special guest shares something about Jesus and what He has done in their lives.

Junction is very popular and places are limited. Please contact the Elmwood office if you are interested in your child joining.