Children & Families

Anglican Parish of Christ Church Essendon warmly welcomes all families & children.

Please note that due to staff changes and COVID-19 restrictions Messy Church, Families@4, and Playgroup have been put on hold and will re-open when it is safe to do so.



Childrens & Families Ministry Brochure 2020  


Families@4 is an opportunity for young families to connect with our Anglican Church but do it differently in a child friendly  environment.


This service is for young families who want to connect with the church in a meaningful way, and new families wishing to participate in a child and family focussed service with time made available for fellowship with other young families. All members of the family unit encouraged to come along including mums, dads, children, grandparents &c…  All people are welcome as we are all part of God’s family.


We have a leadership team (all with ‘Working with Children’ & Police checks) who monthly plan sessions.  Our leaders are very excited about this opportunity for families to celebrate together.


There is no cost, however we welcome small donations to maintain this program.


Families @ 4 is usually on the third Sunday in the month at Christ Church Anglican Church Essendon.   We start in the Parish Centre – enter through the door next to the Op Shop in Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon.

4pm                  Fun Activity

4.15pm             Afternoon Tea

4.30pm             Family Worship

5pm                  Finish



The Kidspace is run during the 9.30am Sunday Eucharist service and has activities which are done at the back of the church in an area allocated for children and family. Children remain within the body of the church during the service and participate in activities based on the theme of the day. All children are encouraged to go to approach the altar for a blessing during communion time. Following the service all gather in the Church Hall with light refreshments and fellowship. There is someone rostered on each week so that  parents can participate in the worship service and focus on their prayers and the liturgy. The children remain with the congregation during the service so you will always be able to look back and see how your children are going.


The Christ Church Essendon play group for mothers, dads and / or grandparents and preschool children runs on Wednesdays 10.30am to 12noon during the School term in the Parish Hall – enter via path in Marco Polo Street Essendon – all families are very welcome

Our commitment to child safety

We commit ourselves to valuing diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. We are taking steps towards promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of all children and families including children of Aboriginal descent, children of culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with a disability. We actively encourage the participation of children of all levels of ability and their families.

We are a child safe Church

Essendon Anglican Child Safe Policy 2019

Essendon Anglican Child Safe Code of Conduct 2019
Dio Melb Business Services Bulletin March 2018 – Child Safe
Dio Melb Child Safety Policy
Dio Melb Child Safe Code of Conduct

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”      –    Matthew 19:14