“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14)
We love to welcome families into our church. We believe the gospel message is not just for adults but includes children of all ages too. Just as Jesus welcomed children to himself, we believe the church should do the same.
At Oldham Bethel, we very much count children as part of our church family and love to include them. This means children usually stay in for the first part of our meeting – for the songs, prayers and children’s talk – before going out for their own age-appropriate lessons during the talk for adults. Our Sunday School caters for children at primary school (ages 5-11) and runs separate classes for different age ranges. We encourage children at Secondary School (11+) to stay in the main meeting.
Although we do not currently run a crèche, we also love to include young children and babies. We are always encouraged when we see young families. However, we appreciate bringing young children to church can be stressful. To help, we provide a separate room – equipped with baby changing facilities and toys – into which you can take young children at any point during the meeting. The sermon is relayed into the room via speakers, allowing you to both hear the sermon and keep your children entertained.