Kids Ministry

Who We Are

Alongside parents, we want to reach and raise kids to be fully devoted followers of Jesus. From creche to year 6, we’ve got fun & engaging learning times where we engage with the Bible, experience God’s love, and wrestle with what it means for each of us to follow Jesus.

What We Do


Both our Carlton 10am and Parkville 10am services contain age appropriate kids programs. After a short time in church worshiping God together with our parents, we go out to our age-appropriate learning times.

Creche & Preschool:
For kids who are 0-4 years old, we’ve got learning times that include great bible stories and simple concepts like ‘God made my hands and feet’. We have a story time, craft, play & socialising time, and of course, morning tea!

For this age group, we also have Playgroups for both Carlton and Parkville campuses during term time.

Prep to Grade 6
For kids in prep – grade 6 we start as a big group praying, learning memory verses in fun ways, and singing together. Then we split into small groups that help us cater learning time to the age and development of the kids. Younger kids have an interactive story time, craft and games. Bigger kids have a chance to dig deeper into  the Bible and discuss what it means for their every day lives. All groups include morning tea.

In term 4 of each year, the Grade 6s move up to the youth programs.


Music Playgroup – Carlton

St Jude’s Carlton Playgroup is an all-inclusive music-based playgroup, for children aged 1-4 years old.

We meet every Tuesday in school term from 10am – 11:15am at St Jude’s Church in Carlton.

Each week we have a structured music time, morning tea and play time. It costs $30 per term.

For any questions or enquiries please email

Playgroup – Parkville

St Jude’s Parkville Playgroup is a safe, friendly playgroup for children aged 0-4.

We meet at Moonee Ponds Baptist Church on Tuesdays in school term from 10am – 12pm. Playgroup includes free playtime, structured craft time, shared morning tea, story time and songs.

For any questions or enquiries please email


We provide respite care for families experiencing disability by looking after kids for a Saturday morning once a month with a great experience and giving parents a rest.

Children are buddied with volunteers from local churches (all have WWCC and safe ministry training).

For more info or to sign up, contact

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.


NIKITA CLAFFEYChildren's & Youth Minister - Parkville
RHONWEN OLDLANDChildren's Ministry Coordinator - Carlton