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 4's

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.

TRANSFORMERS Reception/Pre-School

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 12 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 the Director of Ministry at Gaines Manor for Camp XL, a charity which seeks to reach young people with the Gospel through residential ministry. He’s married to Jessica and has three children who make life more blessed and more frustrating in equal measure!

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 13th 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 4's 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 individual 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 4's

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

When registering for the Under 4's 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 13th April from 3pm-7pm

Child Registration Form 
Letter to Parents

TRANSFORMERS  Reception/Pre-School

Registration in the Snooker Room on Saturday 13th April from 3pm-5.30pm

Child Registration Form 

Letter to Parents (coming soon)

TRAILBLAZERS
Years 1 & 2

Registration in the Lunar Bar on Saturday 13th April from 3pm-7pm

Child Registration Form
Letter to Parents

HEROES
Years 3-6

Registration in Marquee 3 on Saturday 13th April from 3pm–5.30pm/after 6.15pm

Child Registration Form
Letter to Parents

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

Additional Needs Child Registration Form

Week Overview

SCRAMBLERS
Under 4's

In our morning sessions we will be looking at passages from Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy in an age appropriate way with songs, stories, crafts and opportunities for play in a fun atmosphere. 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
Reception/Pre-school

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 2 Timothy. 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 2 Timothy (the same passages as the grown ups!). Our big theme will be ‘Running the Race’. We will meet a couple of marathon runners, 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 being a part of God’s Kingdom. Come with your running shoes on!

Lunar Bar

Sunday-Wednesday: 9.45am-12.45pm

Thursday: 9.45am-11am

HEROES
Years 3-6

The Apostle Paul is right at the end of his life. He’s taught the gospel and planted churches but now he’s in prison and expecting to be executed. There are enemies who teach all sorts of false versions of the gospel, and Emperor Nero is determined to get rid of Christians for good. It looks as though the Good News of Jesus could disappear forever! To make things even worse, the one person who might be able to take over from Paul is a weak, nervous young church leader called Timothy. What on earth is Paul going to say to him? Will the gospel survive?

Come and find out what Paul says in his 2nd letter to Timothy and what that might mean for us. 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 2 Tim in the mornings, and stories from Luke’s gospel in the evening. 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 open up 2 Timothy in the mornings. We’ll hear the call to endure suffering for the sake of the gospel, note the importance of standing firm on the gospel, and be challenged in who we are passing the gospel onto. In the evenings we’ll follow Paul through his second missionary journey in the book of Acts and see the lessons from 2 Timothy lived out in practice. We’ll also find time to train you practically through the discipleship training school which enters its third year.

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 2Timothy, 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 Concert

Join us for a concert full of big Bible truths, energetic actions and monster tunes, all mashed together to help families and churches know Jesus better, love him more and worship him with every part of their lives. Featuring the super(ish) heroes Captain Awesomeness and Cutlery Boy, this concert will be energy-filled, Jesus-centered, rocking fun!

Lunar Bar

Wednesday 5.30pm–6.15pm

Awesome Cutlery is our uber talented house band, who make songs and resources to help families worship Jesus together. They are Dan Adams and Gareth Loh. Dan has been Youth and Families Minister at Farnham Baptist Church since 2012. He and his wife Lil have four children aged 4-10. Gareth is studying at Oak Hill College with his wife and three sons. He looks forward to seeing where God will send him next.