Serving the townships of Alstonville, Tregeagle, Wollongbar and Rural Districts of the Alstonville Plateau in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Children and Youth Ministry is held during the 10.00 am Sunday Service at St Bartholomew’s.
Rainbows – 0-4 years – Our crèche operates every Sunday and is well equipped with toys, books and music. There is also has an outside shaded and fully fenced play area. Parents can enjoy the service in the knowledge that their children are being well cared for.
Kids@Church – 5-10 years – During school term. The program is designed to teach children about God in a way that is both meaningful and relevant to their age group. Teaching and learning activities are incorporated with fun and creativity, to provide a morning that will engage both imagination and emotions.
iYouth – 11-15 years – This group meets every Sunday during school term. On the 1st Sunday the group are involved in various aspects of the 10am service. Each week offers opportunities for learning about God and growing in their relationship with Jesus, and understanding how they can share the Good Life with others on a day to day basis.
Messy Church – 4.30 – 6.30 pm, 4th Friday. “Messy Church” is part of a broader network of churches that is an exciting, non-denomination and international movement. Messy Church Alstonville aims to uphold the 5 core values of being all-age, Christ-centred, hospitable, creative and celebratory. The all-age (multi-generational) gathering of families, enjoy the energy of youth and wisdom of the mature members. It is particularly accessible for the non-churched. It is unashamedly Jesus-centred in culture and content. Hospitality is practiced through welcoming all comers and providing a hearty meal to share together. Creative activities reflect the Scripture theme of each gathering. A service celebrating Christ with music and Scripture is held in the Church.
Messy Church is an emerging community that is developing and growing, averaging between 50 and 90 participants plus leaders and team members at each gathering.
Fostering generosity beyond the MC community is encouraged through the support of two children through the Indian Gospel League. An offering is taken during the night to cover costs and a separate offering to support the two IGL children.
Messy Church is underpinned by a dedicated support team, with core members responsible for the various aspects of the MC program – Celebrate, Connect, Create and Chomp.
Play Place – 9.30 to 11.30 am, Thursdays – The place to be!
Programmed for children aged from birth to 5 years. Play Place is the name of our community play group that operates every Thursday between 9.30am and 11.30am during school term.
Play Place has been operating for over 10 years. The strong team of 15 members read stories, do craft, play music, dress-ups, dance, clap and sing to prepared programs, as well as talk and listen to parents, and enjoy morning tea together.
NB All church personnel over 18 years who are involved in the supervision of children are screened in accordance with the Child Protection Act, agreeing to a Working with Children Check, and attendance at the Diocese’s Faithfulness in Service workshops.