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: –
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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL (Currently for children aged 3-5 years)
The second and fourth Sunday of the month at 10.15am in the Parish Rooms
The children are welcomed into Sunday School, where there is the opportunity to sit on cushions and look at books while we wait for everyone to arrive. The session then begins with a ‘Welcome Song and Prayer’.
We introduce the theme for the session, when all the children are encouraged to join in, looking at pictures, listening to a story from the Bible and generally being involved in the ‘chat’. This is followed with a prayer relating to our theme. The children move to our craft area, where they are supported in creating a craft. Each session has a different theme, which is linked to the celebration or theme of the church’s calendar, eg Mothering Sunday, Easter etc.
When the crafts are finished we move back to the group area, and there we sing another song and say our Sunday School prayer. This marks the end of the session, usually around 11 am. Then we all go across to church and your child will stay with you during the remainder of the service.
Parents/carers are requested to sign their children into Sunday School. You are welcome to stay with your child, or you can take the opportunity to join the church service.