Rev’d Liz writes an update about Children’s Church that happens at both St Luke’s and St Thomas’ each Sunday
At both our churches now, we have Children’s Church. The leaders and young people leave the main service after the collect and go to spend time together focusing on the subject for the day and exploring what we can find out about God through that subject.
Children’s Church sessions start with lighting the candle and placing the Bible that has been collected from the priest. There is a gathering prayer, in which every child and adult present is welcomed by name with the words, ‘God welcomes ….., a child he loves’. Each person present has a stone with their name on which is placed near the cross.
Next we move onto the subject for the day, think about some Bible passages that relate to it and the young people make their own response to the subject using art materials.
There’s also time to say the creed with actions together before returning to join the rest of the congregation.
During the pandemic, all churches in the country found that their work with children and young people was severely disrupted, or stopped altogether. It’s been deeply disappointing. We’ve been through a difficult few years. So thank you to all the Children’s Church leaders who are making it possible for our young people to discover and experience God’s love in ways that are relevant to them. And thank you to the young people who so often refresh, challenge and encourage adults on their faith journey.
Please pray for Children’s Church at St Thomas and St Luke’s. Starting Sunday morning Children’s Church is one of the targets of our Mission Action Plan. It falls under the Discipleship priority of the MAP, helping us to grow in prayer and faithfulness.