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Connect

At the moment we aren't meeting physically together but that isn't stopping us from connecting in other ways. Our small groups continue to meet midweek via zoom or Google Hang-outs. Our Youth have been connecting online and with "socially distanced" picnics. If you would like to connect with Holy Apostles then please email churchoffice@holyapostles.org.uk and we would be very happy to welcome you.

Small Groups

Small groups are a central part of the life of Holy Apostles. We have a rich mix of groups – some support particular interests or communities (for example: carers, older members of the church, musicians) while many are groups of church members meeting together in homes or other places for study and mutual encouragement.  We have groups that meet for breakfast, during the day, and in the evenings.

Small groups are a great way to get to know people. If you are interested in joining a group please contact one of the coordinators (Anna & Rob Swan, or John Lawrence) on smallgroups@holyapostles.org.uk

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Thrive is our Holy Apostles women’s ministry. We meet together a few times a year and are made up of women of all ages and at various stages of life.

Our hope and prayer for Thrive is that the women who come along will meet with God, know they are loved and valued deeply, and thrive like the oaks of righteousness in Isaiah 61:3.

‘He has sent me …
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour.’

Our regular events include:

  • a termly women’s breakfast where we meet for food, a time of teaching and chats!
  • half day retreats which include time to worship and talk to God, be creative and go deeper in our faith
  • socials for that all important time to catch up and share life together

The Thrive blog which can be found at hathrive.blogspot.com.

For more information, please contact the Thrive team at thrive@holyapostles.org.uk.

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Men's Ministry

The men's ministry at Holy Apostles seeks to develop a community of men dedicated to cultivating real relationships and spiritual maturity. We meet together every couple of months (when not in lockdown) for a Saturday morning breakfast together, where there is an opportunity to catch up, hear from a speaker, and to pray together. We also arrange regular social gatherings where there is time to get to know each other in a relaxed way.

 

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Children and Families

Families, regardless of their shape and size, are really important to us at Holy Apostles and we hope that you will find friendship and fun as we journey together.

Families are important because children thrive, grow and develop within the love and safeguarding of a family.  Within families young, old and those with caring needs are supported.  Families should be able to offer each of their members commitment, fun, love, companionship and security.

We recognise that families face new and challenging pressures.  We aim to help families flourish by offering Children’s and Youth groups, groups for Pre-school aged children and Parenting Courses and our Messy Church.

Currently during the coronavirus crisis we aren’t meeting together in the church building but our normal Sunday groups would be something like:

All-Age Worship on the third Sunday of each month where the whole church family worships together whatever your age.

On other Sundays we have Children’s Clubs. We start in church together and then the children leave part way through the service to go to clubs:

Crèche is for children under the age of 3 years old and a space for parents with babies who might be unsettled. 

MiniClub is for pre-school children aged 3 & 4 and takes place in the lower room at the back of church. 

Sunday Club Infants is for children in school, Reception to Year 2, they meet in the back room of the Church Hall. They are escorted to the Church Hall by the Group Leaders. 

Sunday Club Juniors is for children in school years 3 to 5, they meet in the Church Hall. 

Babies are very welcome in church, we are not concerned by noise, and we have lots of babies in our church family. If they are unsettled or if it is easier for you then do use the lower room at the back of church at any point during the service. There are baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet in the main church next to the kitchen and in the Crèche.

During the week

Sunflowers is for parents and carers with children aged from birth to 4 years.

Rainbows & Brownies packs are associated with the church. Both packs meet on Fridays during term time in the Church Hall.  You can contact the leaders via the church office.
Rainbows meet 16:30 to 17:30, and Brownies from 17:45 – 19:15

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Youth

Our youth groups are for age 11 through to 18 and a little bit beyond.  Our heart is to see young people have a safe place to come, meet together. Get to know themselves and each other better as well as exploring our faith and relationship with God. No question is off the table and we aim to 'tool up' together exploring where and how we learn more about faith and how we put this in to practise. We do this through a number of groups in different ways but we always aim to have fun, laughter, and food along the way.

Our Aims

Through sharing activities and fun, we aim to encourage young people, at their own level, to develop a relationship with Jesus, learn to pray and discover the Bible. We do this by:

• Showing that we value, love and respect our young people
• Keeping them safe
• Providing quality, age-appropriate activities
• Journeying alongside our young people as they grow
• Praying expectantly for God to work in children’s lives
• Having fun!

All those who help to lead our youth and children’s work on a regular basis have been DBS checked. If you want to see our policy on working with children and young people, please click here

We subscribe to the C of E safeguarding policy: Click here

If you have any questions, youth-related, please get in touch: jon.bull@holyapostles.org.uk