Our Quest children’s team is involved in some fantastic projects, coming under three broad themes: Enriching RE, Building Relationships and Supporting Families.
We also offer a range of training opportunities to schools, churches and individuals.
We work in over 70 schools across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, bringing Bible stories to life through collective worship and RE lessons.
The Quest children’s team lead collective worship/school assemblies in over 70 schools. Our collective worship includes a variety of storytelling techniques, object lessons, puppets, magic tricks as well as lively songs to help bring Bible stories to life.
These engaging techniques help children to reflect upon the moral values taught through the Bible stories, as well as explore what Christian believe. The Quest children’s team have delivered many acts of collective worship, assemblies during Ofsted inspections which have all had glowing feedback.
This is what Head teacher Steve Bower from Codnor Community has to say about Valley CIDS involvement in his school:
“Valley CIDS are a superb support to our school. We have the highest quality (and 100% reliable) half-termly Collective Worship; a scheduled follow-up lesson from the collective worship theme tailored to each year group in turn; special themed days e.g. Prayer Day and Easter; and useful advice on contacts and resources. I am touch with a number of local schools who echo my positive comments. Valley CIDS actually had a mention in our “Good” SIAS Report: “Pupils speak with enthusiasm about visitors who lead Collective Worship.”
Valley CiDS offer a variety of interactive workshops. All workshops are suitable for children in key stage 1 and 2 and aim to explore different aspects of the Christian faith.
Each workshop requires the use of the school hall or a large class room to present a variety of visual/ interactive displays and lasts approximately 40- 45 minutes per class. This normally means that Valley CIDS would spend a whole day or half a day with a school delivering a number of sessions. The cost of a full day RE workshop is £125 plus travel expenses, half day RE workshop cost £62.50 plus travel expenses.
RE workshops available:
We believe relationships are important for children.
‘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.
‘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:
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 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.
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:
Messy Church is 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.
Valley CIDS Quest team help plan and lead a variety of Messy Church events. Our current Messy Church involvement takes place at:
Various groups are held to help young people develop their understanding of the Christian faith and consider their own personal faith journey.
Every 3rd Thursday of the month Saltpot Café 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@example.com to request a consent form or phone 07484 021612.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for venue and more information.
Discipleship 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.
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.
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@example.com or phone 01773 687979.
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 www.soulsurvivor.com. 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.
Valley 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.
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 Jenny Whittaker firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01773 687979.
In our complex and busy world, we want to help families prepare their children for life.
Helping you think through the challenges of parenting in a relaxed and friendly way.
Valley CIDS is affiliated with ParentPlus© and so can offer parenting courses in schools and churches. The ParentPlus© course enables parents to think through the challenges of parenting in a relaxed and friendly way.
The underlying strategy of Parent Plus© is to build confident, secure and positive parent and child relationships. The ACE© strategy explored in the course, helps parents to consider practically, how to set routines and maintain boundaries and in doing so shape a child’s behaviour and build confident, secure and positive relationships between parent and child.
The A.C.E strategy stands for A= Agree C= Communicate E= Encourage and Enforce.
Subjects covered include:
School sessions are designed to be held on school premises normally during the school day. The introductory cost is £200 for a course of 4 sessions (4 x 90min sessions) and includes a folder for each attending parent.
If you would like further information or would like to book a course please contact email@example.com or phone Jenny Whittaker on 01773 687979.
Getting your child’s school day off to a great healthy start. All our Zest clubs are Ofsted registered. We provide breakfast within a safe, caring environment, with qualified staff. Additional activities include games, creative play and craftwork.
Our aim is to provide a healthy nutritional breakfast before the start of the school day. The menu has a ‘hot option’ every day along with fruit, yoghurt, juices or milk, healthy cereals and toast.
Activities include indoor and outdoor play areas.
Families on Working Family Tax Credits can claim up to 70% of childcare costs back. Visit www.direct.gov.uk for more info.
BusyBee and Sodexo child care vouchers accepted.
Clubs are held at the following schools:
At Promises Nursery in Chesterfield we pride ourselves on providing a happy, secure and loving environment where the children and their parents and carers feel at home.
We see each child as a precious individual where, right from the start, we recognise they have unique gifts and abilities to develop and grow.
Whilst using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as our guide, we have a creative approach to supporting children’s learning. Parents and carers can feel confident that their child is being cared for and educated to the highest standard.
Find out more at www.promisesnursery.co.uk.
We offer a range of training opportunities around children’s work:
Aurora Children is a children’s ministry training course designed for those involved in Christian children’s work and is made up of three modules:
It is ideal for anyone who can commit to a number of training sessions over 8 months and who wants to develop their practice, gain new skills and grow in confidence.
Running from September to May each year, the Derbyshire Course is facilitated by Valley CIDS and the Derby Diocese. The teaching schedule includes three Saturdays (two of which take place at Cliff College) and a monthly Tuesday evening at Holmebrook Family Centre in Chesterfield.
Students complete a portfolio of learning to gain the Bishop’s Certificate in Children’s Ministry, and may also work towards the Cliff College Certificate in Children’s Ministry by completeing a number of written assignments.
For more details, please visit www.auroratraining.org.uk/derby
An opportunity to be Refreshed, Equipped & Inspired in a variety of Children’s Ministry related subjects.
Subjects offered to churches include:
To enquire about current courses and costs email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help and advice on a variety of issues.
Themes covered in the past include:
Cost half day and evening = £5/person, full day = £10/person (minimum cost £50).
A variety of themes are offered to schools as part of our Teacher Support Package:
2 hour session £150 plus travel costs.
If you require support with other topics please contact Jenny Whittaker on 01773 687979 or via email@example.com to discuss your requirements.