All people, of any age are welcome in church! Children are welcome to stay in church with their carers, and the church room at the back can be used for those who need a bit more space etc. Noise and movement aren't a problem to us - we all worship in different ways and we're always delighted to have youngsters with us at any service!
Junior Church meets in 3 groups: age 3 – 8, age from 8 till the January after they have started at secondary school and year 7 upwards. Parents / carers are always welcome to stay with their children for the session.
Sessions begin with the Collect (prayer for the day) and the Lord’s prayer, then we do a start up activity. This is followed by the main part of the session where we read from the Bible and discuss issues surrounding the story. We then have a workbook which contains an activity linked to the session and sometimes, we prepare extra activities such as a crossword, decoding activity or a food activity!
The oldest group begin with an activity which links to their session, then has more Bible and discussion based work to help the children to gain a deeper insight into the Bible and wider thinking about the applications of faith in their lives.
Junior Church rejoins the rest of the congregation to receive Holy Communion and for blessings at the altar rail - the children carry a lantern in which is placed on the altar. Children have an opportunity to feed back what they've been doing to the wider congregation, and a display board in the church room features examples of what's been done.
Prize-giving Sunday is held in March and is a great occasion celebrating the children’s attendance and contribution. A nativity play is also held in church in the run-up to Christmas.
All adults engaged in leading Junior Church have regular Safeguarding training and are DBS cleared in accordance with Diocesan Safeguarding policy.