We’re delighted to have children and teenagers with us at Word Alive. There is a specially prepared programme for those aged from 3 months to 18 years. We’re sorry not to be able to provide a programme for 0-3 months.

Snack Time

Please could all the children attending Transformers, Trailblazers and the Heroes programmes bring a small snack and drink for the mid-morning break. No glass bottles or products containing nuts.

Parents Area in the Great Marquee

Please would parents with children at Word Alive please try to sit in the designated parent’s area in the Great Marquee so we can get messages to you more easily if necessary.

Collection of Children

Please leave the adult programme promptly in order to collect your children.

Leaders

Overall Leader of the Children & Youth Programme 

Mel Lacy

Mel has been doing children’s and youth ministry in various ways, countries and contexts for over twenty years. She has had extensive experience in church based children’s and youth ministry and has, more recently, been the Director of the Children’s and Youth Ministry Course at Oak Hill College (a position she continues to hold). In 2017 she became the first Executive Director of Growing Young Disciples. In her spare time she loves to travel, hang out with friends, frequent the theatres of London and occasionally discuss theology!

SCRAMBLERS
Under 4s

Leader: Valerie Peacock 

Valerie has led young children’s teams at Word Alive and other large Christian events for many years. She has been married to John for over 40 years and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Having initially trained and worked as a physiotherapist Valerie now spends most of her time either working with under 5s groups at church or looking after grandchildren. She loves to encourage parents in their Christian walk by providing quality care where their children can learn about God. She also leads a women’s Bible study group and thriving Guide and Rainbow Units.

TRANSFORMERSPre-School/ Reception

Leader: Helen Buckley

Originally from Manchester, Helen joined the staff at St Stephen’s, Selly Park, Birmingham in 2005. She loves it there! Helen likes watching Box Sets and her favourite food is peanut butter (the posh kind).

TRAILBLAZERS
Years 1 & 2

Leader: Robin Barfield 

Robin is Associate Minister for Children and Families at Christ Church, Wharton and has been there since 2002. He is married to Anna, and they have four children. In his spare time he likes playing jazz guitar and eating processed meat. He is currently pursuing a PhD in children’s spirituality, and lectures on the Union module in Youth, Children’s and Family Ministry.

HEROES
Years 3-6

Leader: Andy Gawn  

Andy heads up the Children’s and Youth work at Jesmond Parish Church in Newcastle upon Tyne. Despite that, his allegiances remain with the red and white stripes of the desperately under-performing Sunderland. During his too-many-years he’s been a primary school teacher, worked in the medicines industry, written and recorded children’s Bible songs, published a series of training videos about teaching the Bible to children, been married to Fiona for 28 years and done his best to bring up five fantastic and slightly daft children. Andy brings with him a totally brilliant team from all over the UK to run Heroes.

IGNITE 
Years 7-9

Leader: Trevor Pearce  

Trevor is the youth worker at All Souls Church, Langham Place in London and has led the Ignite team for the last 13 years at Word Alive. He is married to Ewa and they have three daughters, and one granddaughter. He is a devoted West Ham fan, and watches them whenever he gets a chance.

RESOLVED
Years 10-13

Leader: Ben Putt

Ben is an assistant pastor at Woodgreen Church in Worcester. He’s recently moved to Droitwich with his family to begin the process of church planting. 

Registration

Registration for Children’s Programme

Children up to and including school year 6 should be registered for their programme as soon as they arrive on Saturday 4th April (due to a leader’s meeting registration for Heroes should be before 5.30pm or after 6.15pm). If this isn’t possible, registration should take place before they attend their first session. When registering for the Under 4s programme you will choose which of the morning sessions you would like your child to attend for the week (these are subject to availability). Registration forms are available for download below if you would like the print and complete in advance. They will also be available at the children’s venues and Word Alive Information. Once completed the forms should be taken to the appropriate children’s venue where parents and children can register and meet the team (note Under 4s registration is in Fun Factory rather than their venue). It is important that parents inform the team of any special information relating to their child such as allergies, additional needs and health problems.

SCRAMBLERS

Under 4s

Please note: Under 4s registration is in Fun Factory rather than the venue

When registering for the Under 4s programme you will choose which of the morning sessions you would like your child to attend for the week (these are subject to availability).

Registration in Fun Factory on Saturday 4th April from 3pm-7pm

Registration Form 
Letter to Parents

TRANSFORMERS  Reception/Pre-School

Registration in the Snooker Room on Saturday 4th April from 3pm-5.30pm

Registration Form
Letter to Parents

TRAILBLAZERS
Years 1 & 2

Registration in the Lunar Bar on Saturday 4th April from 3pm-7pm

REGISTRATION FORM
Letter to Parents

HEROES
Years 3-6

Registration in Marquee 3 on Saturday 4th April from 3pm–5.30pm/after 6.15pm

REGISTRATION FORM
Letter to Parents

If your child has additional needs, please complete this form and email to mail@wordaliveevent.org

ADDITIONAL NEEDS REGISTRATION FORM

Week Overview

SCRAMBLERS
Under 4s

In our morning sessions we will be looking at passages from Proverbs. We hope the children will learn that following Jesus helps them to live wisely. There will be songs, stories, crafts and many opportunities for play. We will also be running a story time near the cafe during each of the morning sessions for children accompanied by their carers. 

Captain Crocs

Sunday–Wednesday 9.45am-11am OR 11.30am-12.45pm

Also 2pm-3.15pm (no need to pre-register)

Thursday 9.45am-11am

TRANSFORMERS
Pre-School/ Reception

If your child is currently in reception or will start reception in September they’d be welcome in Transformers. 

We’re going to be doing lots of fun things. Together we’ll be looking at the book of Proverbs. We’ll be singing, making things, playing games and exploring. It’s going to be great! We can’t wait to meet you.

Snooker Room

Sunday-Wednesday: 9.45am-12.45pm

Thursday: 9.45am-11am

TRAILBLAZERS
Year 1 & 2

This week we’ll be looking at Proverbs and wondering about who to listen to. We will be meeting lots of different characters and puppets, as well as the welcome return of Professor Hertz Van Rental to help us think through some big ideas. There will be fun games to play, craft and songs but most importantly some hugely exciting truths about how to live wisely. Come with open ears!

Lunar Bar

Sunday-Wednesday: 9.45am-12.45pm

Thursday: 9.45am-11am

HEROES
Years 3-6

Proverbs. Now there’s a book of the Bible that might seem a bit weird and mysterious. Well, the good news is that it’s totally brilliant and very real. Life can be tangled and messy - a bit like trying to understand a bowl of spaghetti. So what do good choices look like? What does it mean to be truly wise and where do we start? That’s what we’ll dive into and try to untangle at Heroes. Plus, add in a stack of bonkers fun and games, some fab music and a wonderful team to look after you and you will have a fantastic week!

Marquee 3

Saturday: First meeting 6.30pm–8pm

Sunday-Wednesday: 9.45am-12.45pm & 6.30pm–8pm

Thursday: 9.45am-11am

IGNITE
Years 7-9

This year we will be looking at Proverbs and learning how to listen, love and learn from the wise man Jesus. It’s always a joy to see how well the young people love learning from God’s word and enjoying the program full of different activities. Ignite is led by Trevor and his brilliant, talented and fun team. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Marquee 2

Saturday: 6.30pm–8pm

Sunday-Wednesday: 9.45am-12.45pm & 6.30pm–8pm Thursday 9.45am-11am

RESOLVED
Years 10-13

We’re looking forward to another year together getting stuck into God’s word as we dive into the book of Proverbs. We’ll look at the choice between wisdom and folly and see that the Bible has a lot to say about how we can live life well in the here and now if we learn to fear the Lord. We’ll also spend time thinking about how we can live wisely in a world that thinks we are foolish for following Jesus - how can we stand up for what we believe in an increasingly antagonistic culture that needs to hear the good news?

Queen Vic Pub

Saturday: 6.30pm–8pm

Sunday-Wednesday: 9.45am-12.45pm & 6.30pm–8pm Thursday 9.45am-11am

Families Together

Families Together

Join us for Families Together. We’re going to engage the whole family with four big themes from the book of Proverbs, with a precious opportunity to talk, reflect and pray together over what we have learnt together. There will be a combination of interactive activities, games, Bible teaching, discussions, songs and creative ideas for all-age worship and family devotions. All the family, with other families, all together. It will probably be moderately chaotic. It will certainly be an inspiring and awesome time together.

Lunar Bar

Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 5.30pm–6.15pm

Leaders: Ed Drew, Amy Smith & Awesome Cutlery

Ed Drew is the Director of Faith in Kids, a registered charity, which exists to support churches and parents in raising children to trust in Jesus Christ eternally (www.faithinkids.org). For twelve years Ed was the Children’s Worker at Dundonald Church, SW London. He’s married to Mary and they have three children. Previously Ed was an Engineer and is still happiest building and fixing things

Amy Smith is a writer for Faith in Kids. She lives in Liverpool with her husband Ste and their four lively children, still having time to coordinate the Children’s work at Grace Church Halewood. After coming to faith as a young child, she is passionate about teaching the Bible to children faithfully, simply and creatively. Amy is happiest on a beach or adventuring with her family.

Awesome Cutlery are on a mission to help families worship Jesus together. In real life, they are Gareth Loh and Dan Adams, who are both dads and church pastors. Their new album All together Now was released at Christmas, and they are delighted to be back serving at Word Alive!

Colin Buchanan Family Concert

Join us for a concert full of big Bible truths, energetic actions and monster tunes. Bring your children to sing along to their favourite Colin songs or to meet him for the first time. It’s going to be great!

Lunar Bar

Wednesday 5.30pm–6.15pm