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There is provision for children at every service except the two evening services at St Andrew's Church. We have a team of children's leaders, who along with the clergy, take turns in leading the children's work. Due to the layout of the church, all the children's work happens in the same space where the adults are worshipping. This makes it a real 'family' atmosphere and children experience worship first hand. As a result our children have a real sense of ownership of the building and are confident in it.
The lack of space does mean that we have to be very creative and organised and every service is really 'Messy Church'! We currently have over 100 children on our books and around 35 children worship with us at least once a month.
Services which have a particular focus for children are The Children's Service 10am first Sunday of the month and the Afternoon All Age Service on the third Sunday of the month at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy. These are both very good places to start your children worshipping with us. (See Services page for more details)
We use materials from a variety of sources, including Scripture Union, Sermons4kids and Urban Saints.
Simon Bristow tells us: "I've been amazed at how child-friendly St Andrews is. The way the services are centred around them makes children truly welcomed into the church family, and it keeps them entertained, interested and stimulated. Our little ones genuinely look forward to the services and learning about God's teachings."
When: meets on the first Monday evening of every month 6-8pm but always worth checking the date in the calendar!
Where: at the vicarage
For whom? young people school years 7-13
Interested?: contact one of the clergy who currently lead the group with help from two church members