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 10.00am-11.30am.

We are looking at the possibility of running 2 toddler sessions on a Tuesday morning, to allow us to welcome more families. If you regularly come to toddlers or are interested in coming, please fill in this short survey, here, so we can see what level of interest we have and whether two session would be possible. 

Toddlers has now restarted! Please click here to book your place. 

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

The best fun in the school holidays for Primary school aged children!

Our holiday club normally runs during the Easter holidays. Please keep checking here for updates on our holiday club 2022. 

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 tower with a fun programme of games, food 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

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

5.30 – 7.00pm

Contact Carol Lowries (Captain) on for more information 

Boys' Brigade – 1st Guildford BB

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.

Rachel Hill and Elodie Curran 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 Rachel Hill and Elodie Curran 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.