a group of children taking part in their children's group

As TVC Church, we are a multi-generational family who are journeying in faith together!

Each Sunday, our children gather all together with us for a time of praise and worship, before heading off to their own age specific groups. Each is named after something that ‘Illuminates’ this world – as these groups equip our children to take God’s Illuminating power wherever they go.

What is happening in Illuminate at the moment?

Since Easter, our Illuminate groups have embarked on a journey through the Bible. Beginning with the Genesis account of creation, they have been using games, story and craft to study the scriptures together. They are now looking at the character of Isaac and will soon move on to looking at the book of Exodus.

Our teams are assisted by a curriculum that has been created by Scripture Union. It is great as it provides ideas of fun and creative activities, while being right in line with our Church values across the board. The ‘Xsream’ curriculum is about enabling our children to develop a personal relationship with Jesus, understanding the Bible and discovering how they can live as a light in the darkness. As part of their sessions, are children are encouraged that they can ‘chat’ to God about anything as they go about their daily lives, but that they can also ‘catch’ messages from him, for themselves and for others.

What do our Illuminate leaders love about their groups?

We now have 59 amazing volunteers who take it in turns to facilitate our 4 Illuminate groups. On any given Sunday, we welcome between 70 and 100 under 11’s to worship with us. We are so thankful for the time and energy that all our leaders put in to creating exciting and welcoming discipleship opportunities for our kids. We asked them how they are finding it, and this is what they said…

“On my week we did about creation. We had lots of fun exploring nature and talking about how God spoke things into being and saw it was good. We had a great time getting to know the kids better, sharing snacks and playing games.”

“It gives me joy seeing kids worshipping God, singing and dancing together”

“We are really enjoying leading the year 6 group. There are around 8 – 10 children who attend in this age range. They all participate in discussions and seem to enjoy unpacking scriptures.”

What can I do to help our children to grow in their faith?

Why not take a few minutes today to pray for each of our Illuminate children. Pray that they would grow knowing their fathers love and that they would live in daily relationship with Him.

Here are a few specific requests from the team:

  • As we move further into the Bible, pray that our children would truly understand that God’s plans are the best plans and that they would build their foundations in this.
  • Pray that our children will be inspired as we learn about God’s character and his heart for each of his children.
  • Pray especially for the year 6 children as they prepare for their move to secondary school and on from Illuminate to Youth!
  • Pray for the Illuminate team, that they would be blessed and refreshed as they spend time with our children on a Sunday.

We always have space on our teams for those who have a heart to see our children grow in their faith. Is that you? If you could be part of our Illuminate team, click here to find out more.

08 Jun 2023

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