Children’s Ministry

Families, children and youth are an integral part of life and worship at St Alfege Church. We aim to encourage and nurture children’s spirituality through teaching and activity; as well as through familiarity with and inclusion in our weekly Eucharist. On the first Sunday of the month, there is a Family Eucharist in the Hall and the whole Church shares Communion together on the last Sunday of each month. Otherwise, our children gather for collective worship in the Hall most Sundays and families with toddlers and babies are very welcome to join us.

 

Our monthly Children’s services follow this pattern:

1st Sunday, 10am

Family Eucharist in the Hall

 

2nd/3rd & 4th Sundays, 10am

Children’s Church in Hall

 

Last Sunday, 10am

All young people in Church, with crèche in the vestry

 

2nd  Thursday, 4pm

Family Service- led by the children of St Alfege Primary School

 

 

Crèche   

St Alfege’s welcomes families with young children (0-3yrs) to take advantage of our Sunday morning church-time crèche. Parents are welcome to remain with their children if that helps with settling in. All children are involved in our act of collective worship and age-appropriate craft.

Should you prefer to have your young children with you, the vestry can be opened if you would like to feed, change or let them run off some steam. The vestry has a speaker so that you can follow the service.

Bible Story Bags

There are 10 Bible story bags, which offer a bible story book, some soft toys and related art activities as well as a prayer cross. Each bag has been decorated by members of our Children’s Church and has a different theme. Some of the stories are about Biblical characters like Noah; Ruth; Jonah and Martha. Other bags are about themes like creation or being known by God.

The bags can be collected from, and returned to, the Welcomers. There is a list of contents for each bag- please let us know if anything is missing when you return the bag.

Collective Worship

Our Children’s Church meets in the Hall at 10am on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of the month. We explore a different lesson each week, based on the readings used in the main Church service.  The session starts at 9.55am with singing, led by Charlie from the choir. We then join together in a simple welcoming prayer, hear a story from the bible and have a teaching session about it. The worship section finishes with prayer. Quite often there will be a related art activity available and for those who wish to explore the lesson a bit more, we have a ‘wondering’ discussion group. These services take place in the Hall.

Communion

On the first Sunday of each month, a Family Eucharist takes place in the Hall. This is a place where the energy and enthusiasm of children of any age is welcome! It is lead by either Revd Chris or Revd Caroline and follows the same shape as the service in the Church building. However, the hymns, prayers and teaching aim to be accessible to younger people.

On the last Sunday of each month, the whole Church family share Communion together in the main Church building. Children’s Church members are encouraged to welcome people to the service; to read the lesson; to take up the bread and wine at Communion; and to serve alongside the clergy.

The vestry is open should the very young need a place to be fed, changed or to let off steam! A speaker in the vestry enables you to follow the service. And of course, the Bible story bags are available.

Family service, led by St Alfege with St Peter’s Primary School

On the second Thursday of the month, we hold a family service from 4pm to 4.30pm. Children at our School come up with the theme and lead our worship by preparing songs, prayers, poems and readings. The service is usually taken by Revd Chris. All families are welcome to join us.

Growing in Faith

Roughly twice a year, we run an early Admission to Communion class. Here children aged 8 and over can learn all about Holy Communion in preparation to join the regular congregation in taking communion each week. For young people over the age of 12 and adults, we also run classes (again about twice a year) to prepare for confirmation.

A Safe Church

St Alfege’s works to provide a safe environment for the whole Church family, especially children and adults at risk. Our Children’s Church leaders have been DBS checked and we aim to arrange Safeguarding and Working with Challenging Behaviour training annually. For full information on our Safeguarding policy, please see our Safeguarding page.

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