Chillax started in September 2011 as a monthly Friday night youth club at the Fellowship Centre for young people in Years 7 to Year 9 of secondary school. We have been blessed with many gifts of equipment, including donations from the village Fete Committee and Bampton Welfare Trust. On a typical Chillax evening we will start with a “talkie bit” from one of the leaders and then the young people have a choice of air hockey, snooker, table football, table tennis and PS4. Usually there is a craft activity and board games available too, along with ever popular tuck shop and the opportunity to just hang out and chill with friends.
All of our volunteers are DBS checked. Chillax usually runs on the 2nd Friday of each month 7.30pm to 9pm and is advertised on the “What’s on in Aston & Cote” Facebook page.
All our Sunday meetings are family friendly and will usually begin with a short activity designed for the children. Part way through the service, the children will go to one of the rooms in the Fellowship Centre for a time of games, activities and Bible teaching suitable for their age group. These sessions are led by DBS-checked leaders, under the oversight of a trained primary school teacher and using professionally produced children’s activity materials.
We do not currently have a formal creche for children under the age of three, but there are rooms for parents to take their children to, toys available and space at the back of the main hall with soft seating, where parents can relax and oversee their young children, while still listening into the main meeting.
From time to time Forest Church activities are laid on for families with their children. These usually take place on Sunday afternoons and involve an outdoor activity (e.g. a walk, games, or nature treasure hunt) and a simple message about God’s presence and love in his creation. These are suitable for families with children of primary school age and will be advertised via Facebook, the website and noticeboards when they are happening.