Children & Youth

Children and Youth at St John's Stoke

Kids on Sundays

There is an action packed programme for children on Sundays at SJS. We are excited about children growing closer to Christ, to know his love and to grow in faith.

We meet during the 10.30am service. We usually start in the service and head out to groups after a while.  Come and join us – you’d be very welcome.

SJS Toddlers on Tuesdays

A fabulous Toddler Group for local families, meeting on Tuesdays 9.30am to 10.40am and 11am to 12.10pm

We would like to wish all our toddler families a great summer. Please do look at our summer events and book on if you would like to.

Toddlers will be back on Tuesday 6th September at 9.30am and 11am. Please check the website nearer the time for more information and booking. 

All toddlers are welcome along with their parents, grandparents or carers. Activities include soft play, crafts, paints, toys, singing time…and a cup of coffee & biscuits for the adults.

We ask for a suggested donation on £1 per family. 

Contact for more information

Holiday Club

Our Easter Holiday Club is back! 

We had a fantastic holiday club this year. Watch this space for details of the next one!
Lots of fun indoor/outdoor games, crafts, drama, singing and Bible stories … Come and take part in our It’s a Knockout Championship Games!
We have full disabled access and can offer support where needed.  Every Team Member at our Holiday Club adheres to the best practice guidelines in our safeguarding policy.
For more information please contact our Children & Families Pastor Janet, or 07752 233602

Due to COVID-19 some of the information below may be inaccurate.

For up to date information on all our groups and activities please email

SJS Youth on Sundays

Every Sunday morning our younger youth group (11-14yrs) meet in the Church Centre with a fun programme of games and Bible teaching. This group is great for young youth, an opportunity to get to know other young people in the church.

Youth on Sunday Evenings

L.E.D. is for all youth aged 11-18yrs and is an opportunity to go deeper into the Bible, with discussion about how to really live as young Christians in the 21st century. Great food, brilliant discussion and an opportunity to hang out together.

SJS Youth Wednesdays

Wednesday Night Youth is a brilliant social evening open to all youth 11-18yrs. Table tennis, pool, football table, X-Box, PS3, Nintendo Wii, games, tuck shop and changing weekly activities. This is a brilliant time to hang out with friends and get to know other teenagers in the church and community. All are welcome, get in touch with Lucy (Youth Worker) or just pop down on Wednesday evening.

SJS Youth Band

We have an amazing Youth Band who lead worship in some morning services.  Any youth interested in learning an instrument and joining the Youth Band should speak to Lucy –

Girls' Brigade
1st Guildford

Our Girls Brigade meets every Tuesday evening 5.30pm – 7.00pm in the Church Centre, for crafts, games, Bible stories and lots of fun. Our annual camp in the New Forest is a real highlight!


Yr R – Yr 2

5.30 – 6.30pm



Yr 3 – Yr6

Yr 6 – Yr9

5.30 – 7.00pm

6.45 – 8.00pm

Contact Carol Lowries (Captain)


Boys' Brigade
1st Guildford

Action packed, every Thursday evening our fantastic Boys Brigade is a brilliant evening for boys ages 5 yrs – 18yrs. Games, crafts, Bible stories, adventures, camping, competitions, sports and more…

Anchor Boys

Yr 1 – Yr 3

6.30 – 7.40pm

Junior Section

Yr 4 – Yr 6

7.00 – 8.30pm

Company Section

Yr 7 – Yr 13

7.30 – 9.30pm

Contact: Peter Curran (Captain)


Safeguarding & Inclusion

Protection of all children, young people and those who are vulnerable is of paramount importance to us. We have adopted the Diocese of Guildford Safeguarding Policy.

Elodie Curran and Helen Anjomshoaa are our appointed Parish Safeguarding Officers, whose role is to ensure that everyone who works the Church in any capacity has undergone the necessary checks and training beforehand and, working with the PCC ensures our policy is implemented. Specifically, everyone who works with under 18’s and those who are vulnerable is taken through a recruitment process and is checked for Enhanced DBS clearance. For more information about our policy and the guidelines and training we give our volunteers and workers please contact us.

Please contact our parish safeguarding officers Elodie Curran and Helen Anjomshoaa and both can be contacted on

Our Safeguarding policy statement

As members of this PCC, we commit our parish to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable.

  • We recognise that our work with children, young people and those who are vulnerable is the responsibility of the whole Church community.
  • We are committed to following the Home Office Code of Practice, Safe from Harm, the House of Bishops and Diocesan guidelines.
  • We undertake to select all our workers with care, to support them and to train them.
  • We are committed to supporting all who we have contact with.
  • We review this policy annually.


For more information regarding our Safeguarding and Inclusion policies please contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer.
For training in our Safeguarding policies and procedures please contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Rector or Churchwarden.

Website for Guildford Diocesan Safeguarding and Inclusion resources.