Boston Citadel has a youth work programme catering for young people from birth to 25 years of age. At the younger end of the age range we have the Cradle Roll, Honeypot (parent and toddler group) and Sparklers (primary), and children coming along to these activities have the opportunity to move through the activities such as Club 61 (Sunday School) and on to Youth Fellowship (a youth club). There is also a Holiday Club that runs once a year for 5 to 11 year olds.
Young people are welcome to join any of the activities aimed at their age, and there is no obligation to join The Salvation Army. Each activity run at the Citadel has enough suitable leaders to ensure the welfare of the young people taking part.
To get up-to-date information on activities and special events taking place at The Salvation Army in Boston for children aged 0-18, join our Facebook group.
Cradle Roll is a register of all children under 5 years old who have, or who’s parents want them to have, a connection with The Salvation Army. The parents register them at any time after birth, and they receive an illustrated certificate and are remembered on their birthdays until they reach school age.
Although they are invited and are welcome to attend any suitable activity, there is no commitment required. The register is maintained by Trinette Homes. Alternatively, children can join the Bobby and Bina Birthday Club instead.
Honeypot is our baby and todler group where all parents, carers and their young children are warmly welcome. There is a wide range of toys, games and equipment suitable for the age range, a chance to meet and chat, with refreshments supplied. We finish each week with singing time, and also have occasional bring and buy sales, Christmas parties and summer outings. The cost is £1.50 per family each week. The group is led Marilyn & Ken Hutchinson, helped by Trinette Homes who is qualified to NVQ 3 in Early Years Child Care and Education, Marion Redshaw, and also Liz, Nicky, Karen and Jordan.
Sparklers is the name for the group of children aged 3 to 7 years, who meet every Sunday from 11am to 12noon. Led by Marilyn Hutchinson and her team, they learn about Jesus through singing and Bible stories, drawing, games and activities. Parents are welcome to stay with their children if they wish.
They often join in the Family Service, and participate in Christmas nativity plays, Mother’s Day, the young people’s anniversary and harvest celebrations.
Club 61 (Sunday School)
Club 61 is our Sunday School activity. Children aged 7 years and over meet every Sunday from 11am to 12noon (we leave part way through the morning worship meeting) for Bible study and discussion, group activities, crafts, games, singing and acting in worship. Any child is welcome with no pressure to become a member of The Salvation Army – we simply try to show the children, through various media, what Jesus means to us and how He can be relevant to them too.
Each year the Salvation Army in Boston runs a week long Holiday Club for children aged 5 to 11. It runs for five mornings at the Citadel in Boston High Street during the October school holiday. This year the dates are Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October. Activities include games, Bible stories, cooking, craft, team activities, and singing. We based the week on Scripture Union material. On the final day, parents and friends are invited to join the children in a ‘show and tell’ celebration of the week.
All the children who attend the Holiday Club are invited to come to other activities at the Citadel in Boston, and we hope that we will see them all again.
Youth Fellowship, for youngsters aged 13 to 25 years, happens once a month on a Sunday evening from 8pm to 9.30pm (contact us for precise dates as they are subject to change). They enjoy many activities from bowling to barbecues, computer games to camps, all within a Christian fellowship geared to encouraging each other, but without the pressure of commitment – or sermons! The majority of youngsters attending do not wear Salvation Army uniform, they just enjoy the friendship. A small charge is made, depending on the activity.