We are passionate about seeing children encounter the love of Father God, journeying with Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit and transforming the lives of everyone they meet.

Kids Church – Sundays

9am and 11am at Ashington

Kids Church runs alongside both our 9am and 11am services at Ashington. The sessions will be identical, so choose the one that suits you best.

We join in with the main service for the first 30 minutes before we meet outside to walk safely with the awesome Kids Team to the different venues. Kids Church runs in a number of venues in the village of Ashington, all within 2 mins walking distance to the church. Please see the age groups below to find out where your child/ren’s age groups meet!  

A session at Kids Church will include a mix of worship, exploring the bible together, engaging with truth through drama and challenges, responding personally through creativity and prayer, building community in games and testimony sharing, and, most importantly, encountering God!

Here we will take some details to ensure your child/ren are safe and well cared for when they join us – please register your child/ren before the service, even if they aren’t sure if they want to attend the session. 

  1. On arrival, find the bright RED Kids Church gazebo to register your child/ren before church starts.  You will be greeted by smiley faced Kids Team in Red T-shirts who will register and answer any questions you may have.
  2. Your child/ren will each be given a label with their name, group and a number on it. You will be given a ‘Pick Up’ label with the same number as your child/ren. You MUST bring this with you to pick up your child after the service. We we are unable to release your child/ren without this. 
  3. Go into church, grab a hot drink and find a seat! 
  4. After the first 30 minutes, the Kids will leave – a sign will go up on the screen. All Kids will then gather outside, to check-in (this is so we know exactly who is joining us in each group, rather than staying in the service) 
  5. If at any point during the service you see the number of your label appear on the screen, please make your way to your child’s Kids group venue. 
  6. A sign will go up at the end of the service to ask you to go and collect your child/ren. Please remember to being your Pick Up Label; we can’t release your child/ren without it until all other children have gone.

The 9am service

  • Kids check-in between 8:40am – 9:10am
  • Pick up from venues at 10:15am

The 11am service

  • Kids check-in between 10:45am – 11:10am 
  • Pick up from venues at 12:45pm

This term, we are exploring the promises of God throughout the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation!

Download the Term Card

Kids Church – Groups

We have four different age groups that run on a Sunday.

Superstars – Ages 1-3 years* 

Venue: Small Hall, Ashington Community Centre

Superstars available at the 9am at Ashington only.

Even the youngest of our church family are powerful, bright and carry the Kingdom. We are looking ahead to who they will become, and celebrating the Superstars they are now.

Heroes – Nursery* to Reception
Venue: Ashington School

As Heroes of the faith, our kids will be equipped to release the power of heaven to impact and change the world around them.

Warriors – School Years 1-3 

Venue: Ashington School

Equipping the kids to stand tall, as Father God gives them bravery and insight to make them powerful Warriors in the Kingdom of God.

Legends – School Years 4-6
Venue: Ashington School

Growing in confidence and spreading God’s love with powerful prayers and abandoned joy wherever they go, they will become known as Legends in the land!

*We recommend children stay in Superstars until they are one year away from starting school. Children moving to Heroes before this time often find the session structure of the next group up difficult as they are not used to the structures and expectations found there.

On the fourth Sunday of the month, Kids Church finishes slightly earlier as the children go back to church to join in with holy communion. 

Thrive Ministry

Making Church Accessible for All. 

At Chanctonbury we understand that both church and Kids’ Church may be a little tricky for some, and we want to help make it more accessible. We have a team to help with kids who need extra support to be able to access Kids’ Church. Please do get in touch if you feel your child could do with some support.

We also want to support the families of children with SEND as we understand that having a child with additional needs can be hard work. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information, please email thrive@chanctonbury.org.uk.

Discipleship Groups

Our mid-week Discipleship Groups are a great opportunity to grow in friendship, explore God deeper and spend time together.


We have strong links to our two parish Church of England primary schools – Ashington and Washington. 

We host and lead regular assemblies at both schools, help lead and plan end-of-term services that are hosted at the church, and often go in to help with RE lessons. 

Click here for more information about the parish schools.

For more information, email kids@chanctonbury.org.uk.

Toddler Groups

We have two toddler groups that meet in the parish and are open to all parents/carers of children, babies to preschoolers. They are free to join and you don’t need to sign up, so feel free to come along!

Shining Stars in Ashington and Little Lambs in Washington both offer group play, song time and a warm welcome for all.

Shining Stars: Mondays during term time, 9:30-11am at Ashington Church.

Team Leader: Katie Smith

Little Lambs: Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 10.00-11.30am during term time.

Team Leaders: Sarah Donswijk, Holly Swarbrick and Pam Thomas


Safeguarding our children is of utmost importance to us. We follow and adhere to the Church of England Safeguarding Policy. 

The Safeguarding Team is led by:

Kate Deane – Safeguarding Officer – safeguarding@chanctonbury.org.uk 

Tom Sheldon – DBS Adminstrator – DBSadminstrator@chanctonbury.org.uk 

Meet the Team

We have a fantastic team of leaders who help run Kids Church. If you’re interested in joining this amazing team, get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

Kids Team

We have Leaders and Encouragers who are key to the running of Kids Church on a Sunday! If you’re interested in joining this amazing team, get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

Jo Willis – Kids Adminstrator (volunteer) – kidsadmin@chanctonbury.org.uk 

Sam Smith – Superstars Team Lead (volunteer)

Holly Swarbrick – Heroes Team Lead (volunteer)

Sarah Binney – Warriors Team Lead (volunteer)

Holly Draper | Head of Kids

Poppy Smart | Ministry Associate

We follow and adhere to the CofE Safeguarding Policy.  For any further information about our Safeguarding Policy click here.