Learning to Listen to children… about a new club

Over the last few weeks we have been asking the children their thoughts and opinions about starting up a new club during the week. This is in response to our new ethos / project ‘Learn to Listen

Below you can read what we did and lower down you can read what the children wrote down. I would love to have your responses as parents to this idea to so please write in the comments box your own answers or give to me some other way.

Consultation Sessions with SJ Club

  1. Move to choose
  2. Ideas tree 1. New Group for children
  3. Collate and ask which 2 things are most important (not negotiable)
  4. If the church was to set up a group with some of their suggestions… yes or no move
  5. Is a good idea? Why/Why not?

What would be the best place and time for the group to meet?

How often should the group meet?

What age should it be for?

What sort of things/activities should the group do?

How could the group make links with the church?

What else do we need to think about?

  1. Keep a careful record of what the children say so that we would not forget their views and contributions.
  2. At the end of the session, each young person was given a response card and asked ‘If a group was set up with some of the things that you have suggested, would you go?’
  3. At the other end of the room was a board where they could stick their response card:

thumbs up for YES

thumbs down for NO

thumbs sideways for NOT SURE

K4J responses

Where would be good for the group to meet or take place?

  • on the green on sunny days, StAC on others
  • St Andrew’s Centre (Jacob, Katie & Alison)
  • In the park (Piotr)
  • HIJS hall once a week, Wednesday

Who should the group be aimed at? What ages?

  • 5-12, Me! (Alison)
  • 7-10
  • 11-16 (Piotr)
  • 5-12
  • 7-11

In what ways could the group connect with church?

  • talking about Jesus

Which day would be good and what times?

  • Saturday 2-3pm
  • Saturday 12-1.30pm
  • Saturday 12-2pm
  • Monday at 10.30
  • Sunday 3-4pm (Alison)

How often should it happen?

  • once a month (piotr)

What sort of thing would you like to do?

  • nothing because I will not be joining (Piotr)
  • fun stuff (Alison)
  • eating sausages (my favourite)
  • pray crafts pray
  • drawing, talking, praying
  • drawing, praying, talking

Do you think this is a good idea and why?

  • I think this is a good idea because it is
  • it will be fun
  • It’s a good idea because we have more time to join together

Strawberry Juice responses

Where would be good for the group to meet or take place?

  • in the church x2
  • Stable Room x2
  • St Andrew’s Centre x6
  • Minecraft sewer

Who should the group be aimed at? What ages?

  • 7-11 year olds x2
  • 13 months to 11
  • 8+ x3
  • year 6 to year 5
  • year 4,5,6,
  • 8 or 7+
  • 7-10 so it;s not too spread out but more people can come

In what ways could the group connect with church?

  • I don’t know
  • learn the bible
  • activity related to Jesus also learn about Jesus
  • make decorations
  • learning and singing songs about Jesus

Which day would be good and what times?

  • It should take place on a Saturday from 12:00-14:00
  • Saturday 16:00-17:00
  • Sat 3:00-4:00
  • It should happen on a Saturday so it’s not during school days and / or church days in the afternoon
  • Sunday Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Friday 6pm-7pm Sunday 5pm-6pm
  • Saturday 11:50am
  • Twice a week Thursdays 4:30-6:30 and Saturday 5-7pm
  • Saturday 9am
  • Friday 5:00-6:00
  • Saturday 8am-5pm
  • Sunday
  • Saturday afternoon

How often should it happen?

  • once a week x4
  • every week on Sunday x2
  • twice a month
  • twice a week x2

What sort of thing would you like to do?

  • build stuff, camping
  • going on trips
  • play minecraft
  • play games maybe (minecraft you)
  • swimming, maths, games, nerf war?
  • learn about Jesus and play games, camping
  • No Singing. Football, tim & pizza
  • to have fun and get to know Jesus
  • learning the bible

Do you think this is a good idea and why

  • yes because we can make new friends
  • because it sounds awesome
  • yes because you can make new friends who are younger or older than you
  • yes because we can make friends

‘If a group was set up with some of the things that you have suggested, would you go?’

7 gave the thumbs up, 5 not sure, 2 didn’t vote

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One Comment

  1. I’ve heard you think no-one reads this blog, so just to prove you wrong here is my comment.
    A club like this sounds fabulous. It would be great to offer to girls and boys, aged 9/10-12ish (Y5-Y7). I went to something similar myself, and the security of a familiar club was very important during the changes and newness that came about with the move to secondary school.
    It would also be a great chance for children to invite their friends to something where they can hear about God in a safe environment, and an opportunity for the church to offer a welcome to families from across the village and beyond.

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