St Andrew with St Alban welcomes children in the Parish of Mottingham

Diocese of Southwark - CYP Mission & Ministry

Newsletter Part 1, June 2020


Lockdown - What Families Are Doing


The Baugh Family - Report 16 April 2020

Rosa and Roman have been showing their support for The Colour Cabin, a local, Chislehurst-based independent company. The Colour Cabin delivered a 'slime' DIY kit and the children were able to make it themselves using the online tutorial video provided. Laura said, "This gave hours of fun which was fantastic for me as I'm juggling being a mum and working full-time from home, while Garfield is out at work every day as a key worker. We're very proud of him!" See the photos of our children's activities in the gallery on the Keep Connected! page of this website here

Holy Week - 5-12 April 2020

The closure of churches during the Coronavirus pandemic means that we are unable to celebrate Easter and Holy Week in the usual way. It's an important time for all of us and chilgren, especially. Recognising this, Revd Ian has video recorded the re-telling of Oscar Wilde's 'The Selfish Giant' for 'children of all ages'! See the video here

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.

Children's Society

In 2019 we raised £587.54 in the collection boxes and the Christingle raised £109 for the Children's Society. Iris Miller thanks all those who donated to this worthy cause.