Here at the Temple we have a wide range of young people who visit our church for various things. We have BB and GB Brigades, a Sunday school, a marching band and various other church related activities for young people to take part in!
Thinking of coming along? Don’t worry! We are all very welcoming at the Temple and we will strive to involve you in anything that you wish to take part in, be it the Brigades or other church activities.
From this page you will be able to see some of the different activities available for young people in the Temple URC.
Here at the Temple, we take young people seriously – we pride ourselves on our active young people and leaders. This is because, not only are young people the church of the future, they are the church of today, too!
Our young people leave the main Sunday service around a third of the way through to take part in a separate ‘Junior Church’ – an opportunity for 3-18 year olds to learn more about God in a smaller and more “hands-on” environment. Junior Church aims to challenge young people on various concepts from the Bible and real world applications of faith, but in a fun way! (Honest!)
We try to help foster new friendships, social skills, individual understanding of faith and many other excting things!
In other words.. If you’re young person who wants to have fun and learn more about God..
COME ALONG TO JUNIOR CHURCH!
Parent, Toddler and Baby Group
Butterflies is a baby and toddler group that meets on Monday and Wednesday mornings between 9.30am and 11.30am
Our children benefit from: free play, messy play, imaginative play, story and music sessions and a safe, soft area for our babies. Parents and carers enjoy making new friends and support each other through sharing experiences and life skills. Our volunteers are always on hand to make sure sessions run smoothly and everyone gets refreshments during snack time.
Want to find out more? Why not get in touch?
For the latest Butterflies Newsletter, click button below
The Southern Synod Youth Executive (SSYE) is a group of young people from different parts of Southern Synod that come together to give young people in the URC a voice in decision making. SSYE also plans and organises events for young people across the synod.
SSYE meets 3-4 times a year for weekend meetings where they discuss the latest issues and decisions in the URC church. Some of the members also sit on the Synod Children & Youth Work committee and some attend their Synod Area meetings to speak about youth matters. Mixed in with the serious stuff, there’s a lot of fun and opportunity to meet new people.
Every other year some members of the Synod Youth Exec will represent Southern Synod’s young people at the URC General Assembly.
If you would like to find out more about SSYE, please feel free to visit our blog: http://southernsye.wordpress.com/
If you are a young person, or if there are young people at your church, who would like to speak to us to find out more about what SSYE do and/or getting involved in the group and events, you can get in touch by social media or contact the Southern Synod CYDO:
The Boy's Brigade
The Boys’ Brigade
The 13th Bromley Company has four sections:
Anchor Boys (5-8 yrs)
Junior Section (8-11 yrs)
Company Section (11-14 years)
Senior Section (14-18 yrs)
The Boys’ Brigade at the Temple takes part in various activities, internally, locally and nationally.
Such activities that we take part in include inter-company football, athletics, swimming, bowling, badminton and much more!
We have many members who come every week to enjoy fun things, fellowship and generally awesome stuff!
Check out the company website and Facebook link below
The Girls' Brigade
The 1st St Mary Cray Girls’ Brigade Company has four main sections:
Explorers (5-8 yrs)
Juniors (8-11 yrs)
Seniors (11-14 yrs)
Brigaders (14-18 yrs)
The Company meets on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. It has a structured badge programme for each section throughout the year including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme beginning at 14 years old.
The Pacemakers D&B Corps
At the Temple URC our two Brigade Companies come together every week on a Monday and every other Sunday to form a marching band called ‘The Pacemakers Drum and Bugle Corps’.
The Temple URC’s BB & GB marching band is famous nationally as one of the best brigade bands in the UK, regularly winning national titles and making appearances in various high profile events. The Pacemakers currently competes in the Boys’/Girls’ Brigade and Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) marching band circuits. In 2015, the band were crowned both National Boys’ Brigade Champions and DCUK A Class Champions for the first time in the band’s history.
Are you aged 11-18? Do you want to learn how to play an instrument and develop life skills? Do you want to develop new friendships and connections? Then why not get in touch about joining?
The band is very welcoming and is always recruiting! With three sections to join (Brass, Percussion and Colourgaurd/Dancers) there’s plenty of opportunities to participate in the band – no previous musical tuition or knowledge is needed as full training and equipment will be provided.
If you want to find out more, please visit the Pacemakers’ website & use the links below
What do they do in the church
Both companies hold monthly church parades; where members come to church in uniform to share in fun, fellowship and their love for God.
They also collaborate on a joint annual Display in the spring; where all members from each company, youngest to oldest showcase things they do during the year at their brigade evening!
The Junior Sections of each brigade also come together in a week’s where they play various sports, have lots of fun and generally become closer friends!
The older sections of the brigades (Year 7-13) enjoy a week of camping on the Isle of Wight under 8 man canvas tents; they take part in various sports, games, activities and worship!