At Christ Church we believe that young people are just as much members of the congregation as adults. One way we try to facilitate this is to provide separate groups for them to engage with the bible texts we are focusing on during the Sunday service in an age appropriate way. Currently we have two children’s groups that meet during most Sunday services.
We also allow baptised children to share in the Holy Communion (receive the bread and wine) before they are confirmed.
The Little Ones
There is a group for children under the age of 6. This meets in a room close to the main church and is run by some of the parents of the children involved.
Children who are 6 years old or older are very welcome to take part in the Sunday School which meets during the first part of most 11am Sunday services in an up-stairs meeting room.
The children begin the service with everyone else and then leave for their group early on during the service. They then re-join the main congregation about two thirds of the way through the service at ‘The Peace’. This allows them to take part in the Holy Communion.
The Sunday School is led by a committed team of adults. All of the Sunday School team have been DBS checked in line with our parish safeguarding policy.
Sunday School sessions usually focus on one of the bible readings being used in the service that day. They often involve some craft activities as well as discussion and prayer.
Towards the end of the service the young people have the opportunity to share with the rest of the congregation what they have been thinking about in their groups that day, and to show everyone anything that they have made.
Once a month we usually have an ‘All Age’ service where the whole church community worships together for the whole service.