CHILDREN? THEY’RE WELCOME!
I always feel privileged when families choose to have their children baptised in one of the churches in our Parish. I know that family and friends have fond memories of the service and that parents (with the help of the baptism candles given to them) will remind their children of it for years to come. Because we are keen to welcome everyone, including families and children, into the worship life of the church, I am writing to you to let you know about changes we have made to our Sunday services. We have recognised, for some time, that the style of some services offered is often not one that many people (particularly younger families) feel comfortable in. Parents of young children often worry about their noise and wriggling, for example!
All-Age Service With a view to offering a more relaxed service style, we now have an All Age service. This is held on the third Sunday of each month at 10.30 am and lasts for about 45 minutes. The service is designed to include and involve people of all ages, including children. We sing lively worship songs (often with actions!), there is a short interactive bible story and further activities involving the children and the rest of the congregation. The service is followed by tea/coffee and light refreshments for all who wish to stay.
Sunday Club We now also run a SUNDAY CLUB at all services (except on the third Sunday, which is an All Age service). The Sunday Club welcomes children aged between 3 and 11 years old and runs from 10.30 am in the Parish Room (in the rear part of the church). We do all we can to ensure the Sunday Club is friendly and safe— and fun! All Sunday Club teachers have received the statutory safeguarding checks. If there is demand, we will also look to offer a creche for those aged under 3 years.
Tea Time Service In addition to the above, we have a Tea Time service at 4.30pm every Sunday. This is a short interactive 30-minute service, especially aimed at young children, followed by food and drink together.
I really do look forward to welcoming families and children (and everyone else!) to any of these services. I would also welcome any suggestions as to how we might improve what we offer to children and young families. Do contact me in person, by phone or email. I consider this ministry in St Illogan Parish to be both of vital importance and a joy!