Children & Families

We are a family church and welcome children and families with open arms. We offer our community a number of programmes. For pre-schoolers there is The Children’s Ark Kindergarten, Mainly Music and the Coffee & Play Group. For primary school-aged kids we have ICONZ4Girlz, and our annual Holiday Club (first week of the September School Holidays).

Families are most welcome to join us on Sunday mornings too. We run children’s programmes for ages 2 – 14 at our 10.30am service.

The Children’s Ark Kindergarten

Ages:   3 to 5 year olds
Where:   Long Bay Baptist Church
Monday to Thursday Sessions:
Full day:   8:30am – 2:30pm
Half day:   8:30am – 11:30am or 11:30am – 2:30pm
Friday Session:   8:30am – 1:00pm

Our friendly, little kindergarten is expanding into a friendly Early Childhood Education Centre which will cater for babies through to pre-schoolers and also have extended hours. Due to be completed late July 2020.

NOTE: During construction we have temporarily relocated to the church auditorium, and have a beautiful area for children to play and learn. In this temporary location we have an extended licence so are able to take extra children.

We are all about natural resources that stretch the imagination and currently hold the highest rating from the Education Review Office. At the heart of our teaching practice we value, and share our Christian faith by upholding Christian values and beliefs.

Come and visit us, or email Sue Trace if you are interested in registering your child. Take a look at The Children’s Ark Kindergarten Facebook Page  for more information.

Mainly Music

Ages:   Newborn to 5 years
Day:   Wednesdays (during term time)
Time:   9.30am – 10.30am
Where:   Long Bay Baptist Church Hall*
Cost:   $3 donation (or pre-pay $20 for 7 sessions)

*NOTE: During our construction project Mainly Music will be meeting at the Torbay Community Hall (35 Watea Road, Torbay).

Mainly music is a fun music group for parents or primary care givers to enjoy together with their young child, which is run by a friendly team of volunteers from our church. Throughout the session, children develop gross and fine motor skills, language, imagination, mathematical and pre-reading skills as well as socialising with others. As well as introducing the children to music, creativity and more, families are given a chance to think about God.

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After music we enjoy a morning tea, followed by a story and play time in our kindergarten outdoor area. If your child is in this age group, we would love to welcome you.

Questions?  The church office team will be happy to answer them.

Coffee & Play Group

Ages:   Newborn to 5 years
Day:   Tuesdays (during term time)
Time:   9.30am – 11.30am
Where:   Long Bay Baptist Church Hall*
Cost:   Free (donations welcome)

*NOTE: During our construction project Coffee & Play will be meeting in the church admin building (the house at the top of the driveway).

This is a group for caregivers of children 5 years and under. Come and connect with other parents/caregivers in a casual, friendly space. Enjoy a cuppa and some baking, while your child explores the learning environment that has been specially set up for them.

Need to know more? The church office team will be happy to answer any questions.


Ages:   Year 3 – 6 Girls
Day:   Wednesdays (during term time)
Start:   6.15pm – 7.30pm
Where:   Long Bay Baptist Church Hall*
Cost:   $40 per term (plus $20 for ICONZ shirt)

*NOTE: During our construction project IFG will be meeting in the church admin building (the house at the top of the driveway).

ICONZ4GIRLZ is a programme all about growing girls for good. Led by our wonderful leaders, the girls are given the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities: from high energy pursuits to projects that require a great attention to detail.

Questions?  The church office team will be happy to answer them.

Holiday Club

Due to the redevelopment of our church buildings, which is set to begin in October 2019, we will not be running a 2019 Holiday Club. More details can be found here.

If you’d like to be one of the first to know when we get Holiday Club back up and running please enter your name and email address below.

Holiday Club Registration of Interest

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