Crèche is a relaxed setting for babies and toddlers to explore godly themes through creative and playful activities. These may include, creative prayer, stories, crafts and children’s worship alongside plenty of free play.
Parents visiting Oak Tree are welcome to leave their babies and children in Crèche with our team of volunteers, then join the service as soon as the children settle in and collect them when the Service Leader indicates.
However, because we care about the children and volunteers’ safety, the Crèche leader will assess the capacity to take more children, to comply with the Church of England guidelines for safe ratios. If the safe ratio for numbers of adults per child is not met, we will give the option of one or both parents to stay in Crèche.
Explorers is a fun and creative space where we get to make friends, to know Jesus and the Bible. The typical session starts with welcoming regulars and guests with a chat about their week then a short prayer. We play various fun games like: parachute, football, some traditional games, and other games that can be linked to the theme of the session.
There is always a topic and a teaching time. Teaching time is usually done using interactive resources – lately we’ve been using the DVD series Friends&Heroes. Along with craft activities, baking, object lessons, playing live music with instruments, children have a lot of fun and enough seriousness in an hour.
Since the aim of the children’s ministry is to awaken in them a living faith, we allow time for the children not just to learn about God but also to experience Him. This can be done in the form of quiet prayer time or prayer for other people.
At Children’s Church everyone is encouraged to discover and develop their own creative and spiritual gifting, at their own pace, on and beyond Sundays.
OAKTREE ANGLICAN FELLOWSHIP’S SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
THE ADVISORY CHURCH COUNCIL POLICY STATEMENT ON SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND ADULTS AT RISK
The Advisory Church Council (ACC) of Oaktree recognises the importance to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk entrusted to the church’s care. Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
- We accept and endorse the principles of the House of Bishops’ Policy for safeguarding children (Protecting All God’s Children, 2010) and safeguarding adults in the Church of England (Promoting a Safe Church,2006).
- We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
- We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in a paid or voluntary position with children or adults at risk, including the use of Criminal Records disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
- We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
- We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate healing ministry.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult at risk.
We have appointed Victoria Wells and Ellie Lewis as our Church Safeguarding Officers. Should you have concern about a child or vulnerable adult at risk, please contact this number: 0208 993 2060
Oak Tree follows the Diocese of London Safeguarding Children and Young People’s policy and Safeguarding Adults at Risk policy:
Important phone numbers:
Sheryl Kent, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 020 7932 1224
CCPAS helpline: 0845 120 4550
Family Lives: 0808 800 222 FREE (Previously ParentLine)
ChildLine: 0800 1111 FREE
NSPCC 24 hour Help Line: 0808 800 5000 FREE