Children & Young People's Ministry

The Bishop of Woolwich, Bishop Karowei, has emphasised the importance of welcoming children into the church, saying that a church without children is a dying church.

At St Andrew's we have created a child-friendly space at the back of the church where pre-school children, accompanied by an adult, can play, draw and read during the service. There is easy access to a hall where there are toilet facilities.

At present, on an irregular basis, during the service, we run Bible-based craft and story-telling sessions for children aged 4 - 10. These are held in the adjacent Chris Mumbray Hall and the helpers bring the children back into the church to share the final stage of the Communion Service. It is our aim to be able to offer theses sessions regularly. Alongside the craft sessions, children sometimes rehearse short dramas which, if they wish, they can perform to the congregation. These activities are advertised in advance via this website and on the Sunday pew-sheets. Occasional family-friendly Eucharists include story-telling, maybe a drama, and a slightly modified order of service.

St Alban's currently is unable to offer provision for any kind of Sunday activity session for children, but there is a side room where paper and crayons are provided for children to use. There are plans to trial Messy Church sessions here later in the year.

Watch this space for further details!

CYPM&M Resources

Alison Lawrie attended an event at Southwark Cathedral on 10 October which showcased the many resources available to parishes in the diocese to support Children and Young People's Mission and Ministry (CYPM&M) activities. Read her report below.