Children and Families

Special Notice: Due to the current health crisis Ashburton U.C. will not be holding worship services or other activities on church property, in line with latest govt directives. 

At Ashburton Uniting Church there is a wide range of activities open to children and families.

Ashy Kids Alive (AKA)

Our Sunday morning AKA program runs every week during school term time, offering an engaging and varied program for children from 3 years old to middle high school. Most Sundays we begin with about 20 minutes with all ages together in worship at 10am, after which the children go out to more age-specific activities.


The Ashburton Uniting Playgroup is run on Tuesday mornings for pre-school aged children. It provides an opportunity for the children to have fun and socialise in a stimulating environment whilst providing a great support for parents/carers. Our playgroup room and outdoor area are both well equipped. For information, please call Anne on 9885 4920.

mainly music

‘mainly music’ is a fun, interactive music session where a pre-schooler and their parent or care giver can enjoy music, movement, interaction, rhymes, puppets and more. There is a half-hour of music and fun, followed by morning tea and playtime for the children. Session start at 10am on Wednesday mornings. ‘mainly music’ is run by the church for the community. There is currently a waiting list. For more information please call Sally on 0430 270 872.

Messy Church

Messy Church is for all ages. It’s held in the “LightHouse”, with activities including painting and crafts for all ages, brought together in informal worship, followed by a shared meal which is provided. It runs from 5pm to 7pm on the fourth Sunday of each month, except during school holidays. For more information please call Anne on 9885 4920.

Photos of banners (or parts of the banners) produced at Messy Churches recently are shown below.

Messy Church refugees mural

Mural from July 2015 Shepherd

Messy Church Winter Solstice 2015

Messy Church Pentecost 2015

Messy Church Easter 2015