Meadow Way Chapel is engaged in many activities in order to demonstrate our four principles of Loving God, Sharing Together, Developing Faith and Serving Community within our church life.
Below are further details of each of the activities.
Children and Youth
The church aims to provide activities for children and young people that are fun whilst introducing them to God through learning from the Bible.
Creche, Sunday Club and Bible Class
Our All Age Worship each Sunday morning is specifically organised to be family friendly so that everyone can enjoy being together. Part way through the service the children and young people go out to their own groups for activities tailored to their needs.
When the children leave the main service, for the under 3’s there is a crèche provided. Sunday Club is for the 3-11 year olds where there are groups for pre-school & reception, years 1-3, years 4-6. For those in school years 7-10 we run a Bible Class at the same time.
There is a weekly youth club on Friday evening for school year 7 and above. We have a separate site dedicated to the children’s and youth work of the church, see the main menu for a link to this site. Other activities and trips are also planned during the year.
There are two camps organised each summer by the church, CUTS “Camp Under The Son” for children aged 8 to school year 6 and “SonRise” for those in school years 7 to 11. There is also a weekend away for the young people during February at a local venue.
At Meadow Way we are seeking to support, equip and encourage families who attend the church as well as those in the community around us to help them navigate the difficult job of parenting in the 21st century.
The church employs a full-time Family Worker to spear-head this work and in doing so supports families through the following activities:
This is held on Mon and Fri mornings between 10am-12pm and is a relaxing time with toys and activities for parents with pre-school children, with refreshments included. Each session ends with a time of singing. It is a perfect place to get to know others in our area with children of a similar age. The session costs £1.50 per family. There is a short waiting list for both these sessions but do feel free to drop in on one of those mornings for a free trial session and to put you name down.
On the 1st Sat morning of each month (except August) Meadow Way is bustling with activity as we hold Messy Church. This is a fun morning for all the family (children must be accompanied by an adult). It starts at 9am with a bacon roll and/or croissant breakfast and then is followed by some singing, a story and sometimes a quiz. After this there is approx 1 hour of crafts and games for every one to take part in before finishing at 11am. The tricky bit is trying to get everything home you have made!!! We always do a food activity to which is very popular. There is no charge for Messy Church but there is a donation box for breakfast.
Ladies craft nights
A number of these are held throughout the year. Some are general while others have a seasonal theme. This is a great time for crafters to just come along for fun, a chat and enjoy the refreshments!
For one week during the school holiday (usually Easter) we run a holiday club each morning for 2 hours for primary school children. We take stories from the Bible and do lots of fun activities to teach what they mean for us today. There are loads of things to collect points for and the children love to save these to “spend’ in the ‘shop.’ The children have a great time and parents get 2 hours off! There is a small charge each morning per child but includes refreshments.
Family Film Mornings
Each Tue of the school holidays (except when holiday club is running) we show 2 family films (running simultaneously) with pick ‘n’ mix and pop corn. This is free for all the family though there is a donation box to help towards refreshments.
Held on 31st Oct as a positive alternative to Halloween with a variety of games, food, singing and a story about God.
This is a very special carol service on Christmas Eve for the whole family to sing carols by candlelight and to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. It’s also an opportunity to support the work of the Children’s Society who re-introduced the Christingle service into churches a number of years ago, by taking a collection.
As people enter the later years of their life we feel it is vital that we show love, care and support to them through various activities within the church and in the community.
This is a ladies group held every other Tuesday from 2.30 – 3.30 pm. It is a group for friendship, a cup of tea and a talk from a local person.
Throughout the year a number of Saturday afternoons and evenings have been set aside for the elderly and those who are lonely to enjoy afternoon tea, board games, someone to chat with, entertainment and a short Bible-based talk. During the summer months, occasional outings are arranged.
This is held every other Thursday from 11.30am to 2.30pm for up to 50 people, mostly elderly. They enjoy a cooked lunch prepared in the chapel kitchen, followed by hymn singing, and a short epilogue. It’s a great time for people to spend time together.
This group takes place every Friday from 2.30pm to 4.00pm at the Hellesdon Community Centre. It is a group for those who are over 60 living in or close to Hellesdon. It includes bingo, raffles, entertainment, trips and meals.
Stage 1 café
This informal drop-in café is open 10.00am to 12.00pm every Tuesday at Hellesdon Community Centre. It’s a chance to catch-up with friends whilst enjoying some lovely refreshments.
The Meadow Way Chapel Community Worker is employed by the church, in conjunction with a local charity called Hawthorne Meadow Trust, to provide support to the elderly by way of help with transport, advising, organising, and supervising internal and external maintenance work, and situations of a similar nature.
Our Sunday services are grounded in life-related and Bible-based teaching with also a strong emphasis in worship.
In the morning we have a family worship service. This all-age service takes place every Sunday at 10.45am with refreshments served from 10.00am. The format is very often informal and presented in a seeker-friendly style. It uses theme-related material which is consistent for both the adults and children’s groups. On the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month we share communion together in this service and invite all who know and love Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to share fully in this.
Our Evening Service commences at 7.00pm and includes a variety of formats. The main focus is Bible teaching but this is done through speakers and DVD’s. In addition the young people of the church are responsible for a number of services through the year, we have discussions, times of sharing, prayer for the sick once a month, a mission focus and also a ‘Songs of Praise’ evening. On the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month the service will include communion.
Music plays a vital role within the life of the church and there is a diversity of styles used to support this. The Music Team provides music for all of the regular services and seeks to create an environment where the church can in an open and reflective way bring their worship, praise and thanksgiving to God. The present styles used range from the more traditional sound of the organ or piano to the contemporary approach of the worship band to the full church 40-piece orchestra. The orchestra is made up of people of all ages, playing in some church services and providing a number of charity concerts during the year.
Church Family Weekend
This takes place during the 3rd weekend in May each year. There are specific activities planned for the children whilst the young people and adults can receive Bible teaching and share in worship. It’s a great time of fellowship during the two days and there is always food involved!
A prayer chain is in operation within the Church so that immediate and urgent prayer requests can quickly be shared across the church.
The Chapel supports various mission organisations and those involved in social care in addition to those of its members involved in mission. This group ensures that the church is fully informed of all missionary activities that it is financially and prayerfully supporting.
This monthly newspaper is distributed to houses in the immediate area of the chapel.
The church has a stand at the community carnival each year. The outreach is shared with the other churches in Hellesdon.
It is vital that the church is a support network for those who come along and therefore we provide groups that give opportunities for this to happen.
These groups meet on various evenings each week. They are small groups that offer the opportunity for prayer, worship, Bible study, support and fellowship under the direction of home group leaders. The groups are all responsible for the pastoral care of their members, praying for them and looking out for any practical needs they may have. If you wish to join a Home Group please contact the Elders who will advise you which group will be most appropriate for you.
These are groups for ladies who meet once a month for prayer, fellowship and social activities. Group one is for younger women and group two for slightly older women!
There is a team of people who are available after each All Age Worship service on a Sunday morning for prayer and pastoral support. They can be identified by their red lanyards.
For those who wish to make Meadow Way Chapel their spiritual home, we encourage them to become members of the church. This helps them to be fully integrated into the activities of the church and in doing so provides lots of opportunities for their gifts to be used in service for God and the benefit and blessing of others.
This group provides an informal setting for anyone interested in finding out about the Christian faith, in a friendly environment.
We recognise that everyone is different and therefore these study and fellowship groups provide opportunities for people to be supported and encouraged in a way that is tailored to them.
We have a number of small teams who support the Salvation Army by providing food and a hot drink to the homeless in the centre of Norwich during the week.
Meadow Way Chapel is a church that encourages all its members to be active in service for the Lord. It therefore has a huge number of people who commit themselves to ensuring that our building is used in the best way it can be, that our activities and events are well organised and the essential administrative tasks are done efficiently. It would not be able to function without the voluntary help of these people, for whom we are very grateful.