Children are welcome at all our services, whether they stay in church or take part in the activities provided for them. Toys and books are available in the Trinity Corner, a carpeted area near the north door, where parents are welcome to sit with their children.
There are specific activities for children on Sundays, as described below. In addition, our 9.30 am Holy Communion every Thursday is very popular with parents and small children.
Every Sunday is Family Sunday at St Andrew’s!
On most Sundays, our Sunday School (4-8s) and Junior Church (8-12s) meet during the 10.00 am Parish Communion, and a crèche is also available for the under 4s.
The children join us in church at 10.00 am for the first hymn, and then go off into the Chapter House for their own short service which includes lively singing and their own personal prayers. The Sunday School children follow on with stories and crafts, whilst the older children in Junior Church take part in drama, discussion, debate and prayers. The children join the rest of the congregation in church, in time for Communion.
Of course, any children not wishing to attend these activities are very welcome to stay in church throughout the service, and make use of the Trinity Corner.
On the first Sunday of most months, and also on Mothering Sunday, we have our special, all-age Family Communion at 10.00 am. Each service follows a different theme and usually involves some of the youngsters.
Children of all ages stay in church for the service, (there is no crèche, Sunday School or Junior Church on this occasion). The first part of the service is much more informal and with teaching geared towards the children. Our music includes songs as well as hymns and there is plenty of variety. It is an ideal opportunity for introducing children of all ages to church worship, as a little more noise makes little difference!
Young people’s uniformed sections (e.g. Brownies, Guides) are very welcome at our family service. From time to time, they will be invited to take part, for example by reading prayers, and we encourage offers of help in this way.
- For dates of the Family Communions, please see the Diary page.