Children & Youth

Children on Sundays

Our Children & Youth are encouraged to participate in the first 15 minutes of the main Sunday meeting when we worship together as a church and share family news.  After a short time of sung worship, the children and youth leave the main meeting room to join their own groups.  These groups are largely led by trained volunteers, identified by brightly coloured shirts with the SCF logo (colour designates the group which they lead). We follow a bible-based curriculum and aim to include a range of age-appropriate activities that incorporate different learning styles. Fun, friendship and discipleship go hand in hand. 

  • There are 5 age groups and the group your child or young person will attend is determined by the school year group they are in:

    • Joiners – Birth and preschool age (leaders wear yellow shirts)
    • Explorers – Nursery to Reception (leaders wear green shirts)
    • Seekers – Year 1 and Year 2 (leaders wear blue shirts)
    • United – Year 3 to Year 6 (leaders wear red shirts)
    • Surround – Year 7 to Year 11 (leaders wear grey shirts)

    From time to time, we have an all-age service to allow us to be together as a whole church.  This service is dynamic and interactive with elements for every age group within the church.

    Safeguarding is a priority for SCF.  Our safeguarding officer is Michelle Wilson-Davies and deputy safeguarding officer is Liz Massey.

Babies @ the Bridge

Suitable for babies up to walking
Wednesday 1.30pm – 2.45pm

A relaxed and friendly setting for you and your little one to make new friends. Includes an upbeat class with interactive songs, instruments and props.  Subsidised by the church, the cost of the group is £4 per session (pay weekly on the door) includes refreshments (cake, hot and cold drinks). This is a group for babies, we are unable to accommodate toddlers and older siblings in the session.

Story Fun @ the Bridge

Babies and Pre-School
Wednesday (Term time only)
9:30am-10:30am & 11:00am-12:00pm

Quality time, fun and friendship for parents and carers with babies & pre-school children. Come with your child & have fun through story time, craft and action songs. Group also includes an element of free play. As this is subsidised by the church it only costs £2.00 per family. Places are limited and so currently we are restricted to one adult per family group. We regret that we are not currently able to offer places to registered childminders. 

United Friday

School years 3-6
Fridays (Term time only)
6:15pm – 7:45pm

United Friday is a lively & exciting weekly children’s club, where we have a lot of fun, spend time making friends and enjoy different interactive activities. We are open to all children in school years 3-6, and we love to welcome new faces! We have an annual weekend away, plus other events and day trips when possible. 

United Weekend Away

Every year the United group spend a weekend together away from church. This is a time for fun, friendship and learning and a highlight of the children’s year with us. Some of our past themes include ‘Jesus is our superhero’ and ‘God’s great adventure’.


The vision for youth in SCF is to see our young people growing in their individual relationship with Jesus, while also growing in community and relationship with one another, finding the faith and the confidence to live out a life with Jesus in their everyday.

We want to build trusting relationships with all the young people we have contact with, and be alongside them in good times and challenging times as they grow and become young adults.


School Years 7-11
Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Term time only)

An evening group for young people in secondary school, open to all. We spend time playing games, sports, doing activities and getting to know each other. Most weeks there is a message either from the youth team or a guest speaker, where we talk about issues relevant to young people, things relating to faith in Jesus or stories from the Bible. Surround is a safe space where young people can be themselves, meet new friends and find help and support from our youth team. It is free to enter but we have a tuck shop where refreshments can be purchased.

School Years 12-13

Thursday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Term time only)

Other things we do

As a youth group we love to get involved in the activities of Open Doors and regularly run their Blackout Weekend where young people give up technology to spend the time to learn about the persecuted church and pray for them. We also invite Open Doors Youth to be with us to run Secret Church sessions.

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In this photo our Youth were taking part in a Sleep Out for Birmingham City Mission. We slept out in boxes with our friends from Hollywood Christian Life Centre and raised over £1000 for BCM who work with homeless people in Birmingham.

Summer Night Live

Every summer we take a group to Summer Night Live, which is a weekend camp run by a collection of South Birmingham Churches. It’s the highlight of the year where our young people build great friendships, learn a lot about faith and encounter Jesus in amazing ways.


The Bridge
234 Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3AG

Telephone: 0300 561 0300


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