Investigate Lunchtime Clubs

Investigate Lunch Time Club‘Investigate’ is a FREE 30-40 minute programme suitable for infant and junior children, which aims through crafts, activity sheets, creative prayer and storytelling to investigate what the Bible has to say about God’s character, Jesus' life and the Holy Spirit.

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‘Investigate’ lunchtime clubs meet during term time in a variety of schools in and around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Investigate Clubs are currently being held in the following schools:

  • Blackwell Primary School
  • Christ the King Catholic Primary School
  • Corfield Infant School
  • Fritchley Primary School
  • Munday Junior School
  • Richardson Endowed Primary School
  • Riddings Junior School
  • Ripley Junior School
  • Stonebroom Primary School
  • Wessington Primary School

If you would like Valley CIDS to run an ‘Investigate’ club in your local school or you would like your child to attend an ‘Investigate’ lunch club already running in your school, please contact Jenny Whittaker direct on 01773 687979.

Discovery After School Clubs

Discovery ClubDiscovery Club is a weekly Christian after school club where, in fun ways, through games, crafts, Bible stories, quizzes, music and creative prayer we aim to learn about Jesus and the Christian faith. We also think about where God fits into our lives and learn how to pray for ourselves and for other people.

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Discovery Clubs take place in a variety of schools in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The clubs meet from the end of the school day until 4.30pm/ 4.45pm, depending on individual school requirements. Usually the clubs use the school hall, which allows space and freedom to do a range of energetic activities often including the use of a parachute, ball games etc. There is a small charge of £2 for each session to cover the cost of craft materials/ prizes etc.

Discovery Clubs are staffed by Valley CIDS children’s workers and volunteers from local churches. All staff and volunteers have full enhanced DBS certificates.

Discovery Clubs are currently held in the following schools:

  • Codnor Community School
  • Denby Primary School
  • Horsely Woodhouse Primary School
  • Howitt Community School – Heanor
  • Newbold Primary School - Chesterfield
  • Selston Infant school – Nottinghamshire
  • St Andrew’s Church/ School – Dronfield
  • St John’s Primary School - Ripley
  • Swanwick Primary School

Messy Church

Child with a way of being church for families involving fun. Its values are about Christ-centred learning for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.

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Valley CIDS Quest team help plan and lead a variety of Messy Church events. Our current Messy Church involvement takes place at:

  • St Andrew’s Langley Mill 1st Thursdays of the month
  • The Hill Methodist Church, Kirkby In Ashfield 3rd Saturday in the month
  • Crich Methodist Church 4th Sunday in the month

Discipleship Groups

Various groups are held to help young people develop their understanding of the Christian faith and consider their own personal faith journey.

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Every 3rd Thursday of the month Saltpot Cafe’ Swanwick 5.30 -7.30pm £3 including food

‘Explore’ is a youth group for young people in Year 7 and above. It’s a great way to chill out with friends, eat together, chat, ask questions and ‘Explore’ what the Christian faith is all about. Explore aims to be a place of friendship and trust underpinned by prayer as young people step out in faith.

Explore meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Saltpot Café, The Green Swanwick, DE551BL. Parental consent is required email [email protected] to request a consent form or phone 07484021612.


Ignite is a kids discipleship group for 8 – 12 year olds based in Dronfield. The groups meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month 7pm – 8.30pm. The groups enjoy icebreaker games, Bible study and prayer times. Email [email protected] for venue and more information.

Discipleship Camps

Soul Survivor 2016 groupDiscipleships camps are a great way to spend quality time together with opportunities to think about our individual faith journeys through the various teaching and worship sessions as well as time to have fun with friends.

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Junior Residential Camp

Each year Valley CIDS organises a residential camp for children who attend the Discovery Clubs and are in school years 3 – 9.

Children enjoying music

For the past few years we have camped at the Peak Centre in Edale. This centre is an amazing place full of wonderful facilities including its own climbing wall.

The residential camps are a great opportunity to spend time together, with a range of indoor and outdoor activities whilst at the same time learning more about what it means to be friends with Jesus. Some of the activities over the years have included: hill walking, pond dipping, indoor climbing, camp fires, wide games and river paddling.

If you would like to book your child a place please email Jenny Whittaker [email protected] or phone 01773 687979.

Soul Survivor 2016 group

Soul Survivor

Soul Survivor’s 5 day teenage Christian camp held at Staffordshire show ground. The camp is aimed at 12- 18 year olds and attracts about 6,500 young people. You can check out all the information about Soul Survivor on their website The Quest children’s team have organised residential trips to Soul survivor for a number of years.

Sleeping arrangements are in tents (Tents can be provided) and self-catering so there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved with domestic chores as well as having fun and lots to do on the camp site.

In the Holidays

Typical Holiday Club sceneValley CIDS Children’s Team work with a number of churches to provide support and ideas for existing church activities and help to plan and facilitate outreach events.

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We are able to offer support and help with planning holiday clubs/ fun days or other initiatives during school holidays.

If you would like more information, please contact the Children's Team via [email protected]