We Welcome Children & Families
A Family Church……………….
Here at St Annes, we try to cater for all ages and for those of any or no church background. We welcome children and families to all of our church services and activities and are proud recipients of the Child Friendly Church Award.
You are more than welcome to bring your child or children to any of our services. We do not expect children to be seen and not heard! What is most important to us is that children enjoy coming to church.
Please consider sitting where your child can see what’s going on, and don’t be too worried about a little noise!
There are play bags and books available at the back of church, and there is a room which can be used to take your child into should you feel the need. You can see and hear the service in this room. Toys, baby changing and toilet facilities are also available.
Many of our children and young people enjoy becoming more involved in Church life through serving, reading, bell ringing or joining the choir. We also have a variety of group activities especially for children, young people and families: –
3rd Tuesday each month (except August) at 1.45pm
This is a special activity for pre-school children. There is a very short and informal service in Church, with some songs, ringing the bell, a story and some prayers. This is followed by an age-appropriate craft activity, and a drink and a light snack. Parents and/or carers come too.
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP
Wednesdays in term time at 2pm
This is an informal play group for pre-school children and their parents and carers, meeting on Wednesdays in term time at 2.00-3.30pm in the Parish Rooms.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH (ALL AGES)
The second and fourth Sunday of the month at 10.15am
Each session begins with ‘Bounce and Praise’ during which the children sing religious stories and short hymns and play musical instruments to accompany this. For animal themed songs such as ‘Who Built the Ark?’ the children wear animal masks and act out their chosen animal. There are lots of fun props to support the other songs.
The children then listen to a children’s version of a bible story whilst they have refreshments and then complete an arts and crafts (or similar) activity based on that biblical story.
Each week’s session has a different theme, often tied in to celebrations taking place in church, such as Harvest or Christmas.
All families with children are welcome. It is an informal opportunity to develop your child’s understanding of Christian values and teachings about God.
At the end of the session we all go across together to the church for Holy Communion and the final hymn.
Coronavirus update 29/06/20:
Although the government has allowed churches to re-open for public worship the changes that have had to be made to ensure that everybody is kept ‘Covid-19 safe’ mean that Children’s Church cannot take place at the moment. Nursery Praise and the Baby and Toddler Group are also closed for the time being.
Further update 06/09/20:
It is a cause for great rejoicing that our Children’s Church is to restart after both the Lockdown and the summer vacation. Next Sunday, 13th September, will be the first meeting at 10.15 am in the Parish Rooms. All the Covid-19 safeguards that we are now familiar with will apply, so children and parents, please come along.
Further update 02/11/20:
There will be no Children’s Church in November after the Government announced a second lockdown. Hopefully it can resume as soon as the lockdown ends.