Parish Life

Children’s Ministry

We have an active children’s programme at two services; 9am service at All Saint’s Church in Belmont and 10am service at St James’ Church, Lower Hutt. During the service children participate in activities designed for primary school aged and preschool children.  Godly play is available at our 10am service at St James’ Church. Godly Play helps children explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play.

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Each week the children’s ministry is run by several volunteer adults and adolescents. Adult volunteers have passed Police vetting. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend with their children. Permission is sought before photos of children are published.

The programme continues during school holidays, except during the Christmas break.

Chirping Cherubs

Early Childhood Music Group

Parents/caregivers and toddlers enjoy music and movement together on Thursday mornings at 10am in the church hall (71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt).  The sessions run for about an hour. Chirping Cherubs does not operate during the school holidays. Check out our calendar for session dates.

Music Leaders: Karen Espersen and Helen Willberg

Cost: $5 per family per session

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Chirping Cherubs is a musical playgroup for parents, care-givers and young children from birth to 5 years. It is supported by St James’ church which provides the venue and the ‘staff’ for the setting up, the registration of families and the provision of morning tea, and the musical leadership.  OUR PURPOSE is to provide a weekly programme  supporting parents and children in the joyous, messy, noisy process of making music together.  Parents will learn fingerplays, songs and games to share with their children, and make contact with other parents in a supportive network. We introduce children to ‘real’ musical instruments as well as the usual percussion and props.  We aim to sing a lot, with voice warm-ups and breathing games, we move to the music developing rhythm skills and we play a range of instruments and games that require listening and co-operating.  Our music session begins at 10am and we plan for around 40 minutes of music.  This is followed by a morning tea for children (water, crackers and fruit) and coffee, tea and biscuits for the grown-ups, and a playtime.  We encourage new participants to come and see us any Thursday in term time, and we need a team of people to support the activities.

Why Do Music?

There are many academic papers that attest to the value of music in the development of human beings.  (A bibliography can be provided if you would like to follow this up.) Engaging in musical activities: singing, playing instruments, moving to music and learning to listen  helps develop the brain, forges links between people, assists in the development of physical and mental skills, and helps to stimulate, or to calm, soothe and relax – both children and parents!  Through music-making in a group we can help our children to establish patterns and behaviours, learn turn-taking and focus, and develop a life-long interest in the arts.

Youth and Young Adults

There is no Youth Group operating at present.

In the past our high school and intermediate-aged youth meet weekly on Friday evemings in the St James’ Youth Room, Church Hall.

Currently we are not offering waffles. In the past we have offered Waffles each week to local high schoolers and intermediate-aged students before school.


Women’s Group

Association of Anglican Women

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at St James’ Church at 1.30pm for prayer, fellowship, recreation and overseas projects.

Secretary: Sue Barlow

Contact Sue for more information.