Children & Youth at St Jude’s

We have a range of Children’s and Youth programs that run on a Sunday morning and through-out the week.

Please see below for more details on each program.


Children & Youth on Sunday

Children’s and Youth programs are run on Sundays at our Carlton 10am and Parkville 10am congregations during school terms and any visiting Children are welcome to participate.

The children tend to remain with the whole congregation for the first part of the service and then go out for age-appropriate teaching part-way through the service. All of our children’s leaders have current Working With Children accreditation; we take their safety very seriously.

It is quite okay for babies and children to remain in the service and people are relaxed about parents moving around to look after their children.


Carlton 10am has five groups for children and youth. All of our groups encourage our children and youth to engage with God’s word, wrestling with what it means for each of us to follow Jesus.

For those who are 0-3years of age we run a learning time that includes a story and craft, a time to socialise and play, and morning tea.

For those in preschool our learning time includes a lot of interaction bible stories, games, craft and other activities to help reinforce the lesson. Morning tea is also provided.

Prep to Grade 2:
For those in prep through to grade 2 we learn together by opening the bible and reinforcing through games, craft, drama and other activities. Morning tea is also provided.

Grade 3 to 6:
For those in grade 3 through 6 our learning times together involve bible study, activities, drama, games and tim tams.

For those in grades 7-10 there is a time to gather for a Bible Study where discussion is robust and encouraging.

Parkville Kids

Our kids’ programs run during our 10am service. The three groups run during school term and provide age appropriate bible teaching and provide opportunities for children to learn what it means to follow Jesus.

For those who are 0-3years of age we run a learning time that includes a story and craft, a time to socialise and play, and morning tea.

Little Lights:
For those in preschool, our learning time involves interactive bible stories, singing and craft and other activities. Morning tea is also provided

Kids’ Church
For those in prep to grade 6 we learn together through singing, games, a short bible talk, small group discussions and craft. Morning tea is also provided.

Youth Group on Friday Nights

We are a community of young people who come from all over Melbourne to learn how to be followers of Jesus & invite others to join in following him. A typical night will include food, bible study and discussion, various activities and time to catch up with friends. A not so typical night may include a weekend at a convention or camp, or going into the city for an all evening activity.

St Jude’s Youth is run by members of St Jude’s who believe that Jesus is the most important person you could ever know and follow. All of our leaders have been accredited, having applied for and received Police Checks and Working With Children Cards.

When: Fridays during School Term

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Where: From Friday 20th May 2019 we will be meeting at St Jude’s Church, 2 Keppel St, Carlton.

To stay up to date on locations and weekly information, like our Facebook page.

Play Group

Parkville Playgroup meets from 10am-12pm every Tuesday during the school term at Moonee Ponds Baptist Church (cnr Laura and Eglinton Streets, Moonee Ponds). It is a unique opportunity for Christian’s to be “salt and light” in a community where parents and children (Christian and non-Christian alike) gather together on a regular basis for children’s play and a time to be out and social.

rEcess Respite Programme & Sunday School Buddying

rEcess respite programme and Sunday school buddying are initiatives of the St Jude’s Indispensability committee. Indispensability aims to run disability specific programmes and to encourage an attitude of disability inclusion.

rEcess respite programme is a monthly community programme for families of children with a disability and provides respite for families from St Jude’s and families not connected to a church.

At each respite session, both kids with disability/special needs and their siblings are welcome. The kids with special needs are paired with a one-on-one buddy and siblings usually have a buddy or a 1:2-1:3 buddy:sibling ratio.

Buddies have undergone ChildsSafe training and training on working with kids with disability (conducted by St Jude’s disability team) and a Working With Children Check. Buddies generally come from St Jude’s Anglican Church.

Sessions either take place at a Community Centre (currently Brunswick House) or as an excursion to places like museums or the zoo. There is usually a theme for the morning and some sensory/play/craft activities and a trip to the nearby playground if the session is at the Community Centre. Sessions run from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Parents need to pack a snack and nappies for their children.

At the moment we have kids from 1 to 10 years old attending. There are forms that parents can fill out so that we can better look after your children.

Get in touch with Natalie Ang at for more info.

A Sunday school buddy has an amazing opportunity to minister to and bless a child with disabilities. By caring for a child’s spiritual and practical needs, the Sunday school buddy is able to encourage a child’s gifts and help them to be a part of the body.

Being a Sunday school buddy would involve going to Sunday school with your buddy every second week. Another volunteer would partner your buddy on the other Sundays.

As a buddy, you could help flag transitions in the Sunday school programme that some kids find stressful, help keep an eye out for issues and solutions, be sensitive to when your buddy is stressed, help with tasks and distractions, and communicate with parents about simple goals for Sunday school.

No special skills are required! You just need to have done the standard Childsafe training and working with children with disability training run by the St Jude’s indispensability team.

Get in touch with Natalie Ang at for more info.

Think ability, not disability!

Volunteer as a Sunday school buddy or respite programme buddy for a child with disability

Join the indispensability committee

Get in touch with Natalie Ang at for more info or to share ideas

Intentionally loving those with a disability shows the heart of the gospel – inclusion is a commitment for every Christian.

Sunday school buddies would be required to commit to completing Childsafe training and attending Sunday school with their buddy every second week.

Respite programme volunteers would be required to complete respite and Childsafe training and hang out with their buddy once a month for a Saturday morning during school term as part of a structured morning.

The Indispensability committee meets quarterly and is looking for more members, particularly to ensure more even representation of the various congregations.


Child Safety

As a Christian community, St Jude’s affirms our commitment to ensuring the safety of each child who interacts with our community.

At St Jude’s we have a zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm. St Jude’s regards its child protection responsibilities as being of the utmost importance and so is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and maintain a child safe culture.

View our Child Safe Policy

Children & Youth Contacts

AMY BROWNChildren & Youth Minister
Phone: 03 9347 5152