“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”
As a church we understand that children and young adults are just as important as adults. We are truly blessed to have such a large number of children from the ages of 0 -17. We believe that it is our role to compliment the work of their parents in teaching them the truths that are found within God's word and encouraging them to grow up in to faithful and firm disciples of Jesus.
We run various groups, both on Sunday and mid-week to cover the whole spectrum of ages. Below you can find out a little more about each of these groups and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Creche & Squids
Birth - Pre-School
In order to allow parents to be able to learn un-interupted on a Sunday morning, we provide a well stocked creche for our youngest children and a great teaching program for those who are a little bit older, but not quite at school age yet.
At St James's we also have a toilet fitted with changing facilities.
Reception - Year 2
Our youngest school age group on a Sunday morning join up, at the start of their session, with all of the older children to sing a few songs of worship.
They then go to their own group and enjoy games and Bible teaching together.
We have a great team of volunteers who try to make this time fun and beneficial to each of the children who attend.
Year 3 - Year 6
As well as meeting with all of the other children to worship God, Explorers then go to their own group to be taught from the Bible. This is an engaging time, while remaining faithful to God's word.
Following our time together, the children are welcome to hang out in the youth room, however their parent/guardian will be responsible for them at this point.
Year 7 - Year 10
After meeting with the other children to worship, our youth go to their own room to study the Bible.
Along with a drink and a cheeky biscuit or two, this group enjoy studying the word of God together as they really try to work out how we can apply the Bible to their lives in the 21st Century.
Birth - Pre-School
Every Tuesday we run a parent and child group that draws in people from all around Ryde and the neighbouring areas.
We enjoy time getting to know each other while allowing the little ones to run around and play together. We also take the opportunity to sing as a group and if it's sunny, may be found by the beach.
Year 7 - Year 11
6:30pm - 8pm
We meet every fortnight on Friday evenings where we share pudding together, enjoy hanging out, playing games and spending time exploring and applying the Bible to our lives.
These are great evenings of fun and fellowship, seeking to grow in our relationship and knowledge of God
If you have any queries please contact James Pontin using the form below or by emailing him.
Safeguarding at St. James’s Church, Ryde
St. James’s Church, Ryde is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone without our church community.
In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.
If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or is at risk, do not hesitate to contact our safeguarding officer listed below for advice and support.
As Christians we are called to recognise and respect the individuality and dignity of all people. We have a special responsibility to safeguard both the children and young people entrusted to our care, and the vulnerable adults who are part of our church community. Our work with children, young people and adults takes many forms and it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent abuse in all forms: physical, emotional, sexual or neglect, and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect. We will work with all individuals regardless of race, disability, gender, culture or creed and ensure that we are constantly mindful of their welfare.
Our safeguarding policies and procedures are based on those from the Diocese of Portsmouth. Details can be found here:
Any questions, allegations or suspicions must be directed immediately to the St. James’s Church Safeguarding Officer:
Where a child or adult is at imminent risk, call the police immediately on 999.