Groups & Activities
Aylestone Baptist Church runs or hosts a wide range of activities:
'BATs' - Babies and Toddlers
Our baby and toddler group meet every Tuesday morning during school term, between 9.30 and 11.30am. Mums, dads, grandparents and carers are all most welcome to bring their children along. There is a room full of toys and activities for the children and plenty of opportunity to chat with friends and meet other parents and carers. If you would like to come, just turn up on a Tuesday morning. A charge of £1.50 per family is made.
Toddler Group in full swing
Urban Saints is our mid-week club, split by ages, for boys and girls aged 4-18 with a range of games, crafts, bible teaching, discussion, and above all, fun. Our Urban Saints is part of the national Urban Saints initiative, formerly known as Crusaders. If you would like to know more about the group at Aylestone Baptist Church, please phone Martin on 0116 283 8166.
The Hangout is open to children aged 10-14 most Fridays in term time, between 7.00 and 8.30pm. We have snooker, tables tennis, video games, dance mats, and table football. Each week there is a tuck shop, a craft activity in a separate room, or you can try your hand at cooking in the kitchen. We also organise occasional workshops - graffitti, drama, street dance etc. Amid all the activity, there is plenty of space just to relax with friends. Turn up on a Friday night at 7.00pm to discover more.
The Hangout youth club on a Friday night
We have a variety of mid-week small groups that meet to encourage each other as followers of Jesus. They provide a great way of getting to know others better. Most groups meet in the evening, though we have one daytime group on alternate Tuesday mornings that caters especially for the elderly and which concludes with a light lunch, and a Monday afternoon group for parents with young children. If you are looking to deepen your faith in a supportive and friendly environment, these are for you! Please ring the church office for more details.
The Tuesday Bible Study group for senior citizens
Our men's meeting that meets infrequently through the year, usually on a mid-week evening. Men of all ages are welcome to come and listen to speakers, discuss topical issues or simply go for a drink together or out for a meal. Please keep an eye on our diary page for dates and times.
Every other Thursday, the church hosts its long-running and popular Lunch Club for senior citizens. Tea and coffee is available from 11.30am, followed by a three course lunch at 12.45pm. Between forty to fifty attend. The Club is at the heart of the church’s support for the elderly, and our care extends well beyond the lunch itself. The lunch costs £3.50.
Some of the ladies and gentlemen at our Lunch Club
The Gateway Club, affiliated to Mencap, meets every Wednesday from 7.00-9.00pm, and is open to all adults with learning difficulties. There is a full programme of social and leisure activities with games, sports, shows (both performed and seen) and trips out. The church arranges monthly worship for those who enjoy it. If you would like more information, please contact Christine, tel 0116 278 7240.
Gateway Nativity and Club night
Friday Night Football
Set up and run by a member of Aylestone Baptist Church, Friday Night Football attracts a large number of young people to the YMCA Dome at the top of Belvoir Drive each Friday night. And it's free! 7.45 - 8.30pm for 11-14 years olds and 8.30 onwards for 15+. The club also has a team playing in the church league. Please click here for more details.
Shining Stars Dance Academy welcome children and adults to develop their dance skills in a fun environment as they work towards a variety of competitions, shows and exams. There are classes during the week and on Saturdays for adults and children. For more information, please phone Laura on 07748 151615.
A note on child protection:
All our children’s activities are overseen by volunteers who have undergone a CRB check. The church has a child protection policy called ‘Safe to Grow’. For more information on this, please contact our children’s advocate, Martin Pantling, tel 0116 283 8166.