Children & Young People

Our Youth, Children & Families Leader 

Meet our Youth, Children & Families Leader, Gavin Ball!

Hello! My name is Gav Ball and I am the youth, children and families worker here at Westbury Baptist Church.

I have been involved with youth and children’s work for several years in my previous church and recently was a primary school teacher for 9 years. I live in east Bristol with my wife Jo and our 3 children. I am passionate about helping young people and their families learn more about Jesus and following his calling for their lives. I also love football, music and good food!

If you would like to contact me regarding youth, children or families work, feel free to e-mail me at: 

Children & Youth groups (Week 1 & 3)

Our children & youth groups are split up into 2 age groups with one group more aimed and primary aged children and another aimed at secondary aged children. On the weeks when these groups run, we start our Sunday worship as a whole church family before the children & youth head out to their groups after roughly 15-20 minutes. They then remain in these groups until the end of our services.

All Age Sunday Service (Week 2)

Our All Age or All Together Sunday worship service - for this service the children stay in the main church for the whole time and we make sure the content of the service is suitable and engaging for all of the ages present. We often setup craft activites for the children, whether this some relatively simple colouring, or something a little bit more complicated and involved, so they have something to work on during the service and occupy them if they struggle to engage with some parts of the service. 

Wild Worship (Week 4)

On the fourth Sunday of the month, we aim to do something little bit different. On this week we meet as whole families (parents as well!) and try to find different ways to worship God. This has involved going out of the Church building & exploring nature (when the weather allows).  We have been on walks through some local woodland whilst thinking about the abudance of God's creation or we have been somewhere further afield like the Wye Valley or Clevedon. We went for breakfast on the beach before going for a dip in the marine lake. 

Going forward we will be looking at other creative ideas, such as using musical instruments, cooking food, & using arts & crafts to encounter God in different ways. 

We find these weeks are really valuable to get to know each other a little better whilst learning more about God in unusual ways..