CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Babies and Young Children.
Babies and young children are very welcome at St Andrew's. Please do not hesitate to bring your child into any of the services with you. We provide 'activity rucksacks' for small children, which are full of toys, books and colouring in. These can be taken with you to a pew for your child to explore during a service. If you can't see one just ask and someone will be happy to get one for you.
We also have a child's room with toys and a child's toilet at the back of the church. The walls are glass so that you can see into the church and there is a relay speaker so that you can hear the service whilst in the child's room.
We realise that bringing very young children to church can be a challenge and we want to support you in any way that we can.
Sunday School, ages 3-11.
Our Sunday School groups meet on a 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday of the Month. Our youngest group starts at 3 years of age, parents are encouraged to stay with their children until they get used to the routine.
Children join the rest of the congregation in church for the start of the 10:15am service and then go together round to the hall. After a short prayer and reflection time the children move into three groups:
Bubbles for pre-school and reception class
Splash! for Year 1 and 2
Xstream for Key Stage 2
All children usually have the same lesson, at different levels, following the Scripture Union ‘Light’ material. Each session usually consists of an introductory activity, Bible story and related activities which are often either art or craft work. The oldest children are involved in more discussion on how to apply what has been learned to their own lives.
Our team are conscientious and experienced. We hope to provide children with a good understanding of the Christian faith, continuity and security as well as fun and enjoyment. After the learning session, we all sing together and then the children are provided with a drink and a biscuit which is when parents come into the hall to collect them.
A Nativity Service is presented to the church just before Christmas each year. Social events are arranged throughout the year with an Epiphany Party in January, barbecue and sports in July, and craft mornings usually at Easter and in October. For more information about Sunday School, please contact Margaret Rees via the contact form.
Youth Groups, ages 11-14 and 14-18.
Our youth group for ages 11-14 meets on a 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday of the Month, in the hall at the same time as Sunday School. They join the rest of the congregation in church for the start of the 10:15am service and then go round together to the hall. This group uses the ecumenical learning material from 'Roots'.
Our youth group for ages 14-18 meets twice a month on a Monday from 6:30pm till 8pm. We eat a meal together and talk around various issues and Bible stories. For more details please contact Rev Alice Pettit.