Welcome to the info about things for children and young people
If you want to know more about any of this please send an email or ring the Parish Office on 01202 749085
The first thing to say is that children and young people are part of St. Peter’s and they are always welcome to all Church worship and other events. All members of the congregation are committed to helping children to feel part of the church and to grow in their knowledge and understanding of their faith. We aim to support parents in bringing up their children in the faith and we can do this by providing resources and special events designed for children or young people.
Let’s start with the youngest
Mostly very small children will stay with their parents though on some Sundays we do have a crèche. We hope that children will be part of the worship and that they will grow into experiencing it but we also recognise that sometimes it might be helpful to take them out for a few minutes. In addition to the crèche which is outside the worship (though within the building) we also have a children’s corner with some quiet toys and books and so on for small children to use.
Pre-school children make quite a lot of use of the children’s corner but they also use the crèche and often within the crèche there will be a story and some chat especially for these children.
…is the name of our Sunday school. This is for children of primary school age so if they are at school between YrR and Yr6 they are welcome to Foundations. As the name suggests it’s about laying the foundations of faith. Foundations operates during the Parish Eucharist at 10am on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month and sometimes at other times too. It’s based on the same Bible passages we read in Church and at the end the children come and tell everyone else what they’ve been doing. Amanda Ellison who runs Foundations is always happy to talk with parents and welcome new children.
Children and Communion
At St.Peter’s children who are Baptised can be admitted to Holy Communion. Typically this happens around the age of 6 or 7 and it’s really good to have such children taking a full part in the worship. Admitting them to Communion enables them to feel fully part of things as they prepare to make the lifelong commitment of Confirmation. We hope that children will come forward for Confirmation in their mid to late teens.
Secondary age young people
Our Youth club, run by Simon and Alexandra Collins welcomes young people of secondary age. At the moment it meets monthly and runs a wide range of activities.
Now some events arranged specifically with children in mind
This happens on the 4th Sunday of each month in the Church Centre in Chapel St. People arrive from about 9am and have breakfast. There are rolls and pastries and cereals and drinks and also an opportunity for children to do a load of craft type things or play with the various equipment that’s around. At about 9.40 there is a very informal act of worship which involves the children. People leave from around 10.15. This is not only for children but it’s a really good opportunity for whole families to get to know each other and to begin to get to know the Church.
This happens on the 1st Sunday of each month. Our main Sunday Service is the Parish Eucharist at 10am and once a month it is made deliberately more child friendly. There are songs the children are more likely to know; children are involved in readings and things and the address is designed to engage them. The other thing we do at ‘Family’ services is to rearrange the Church so that we gather around the Altar in a more informal setting.
We have an excellent Church Junior School – Baden Powell and St.Peter’s welcomes children in school yrs 3-6. Fr.Michael leads worship in school each week and the school comes to Church for major events. For more information about the school click here.