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By Elaine Bardwell - Posted on 20 November 2010

 We currently run groups for 2-4 year olds, 5-8, and then 8-10. We are flexible about age and try to fit each child into the best group for them. Babies and toddlers are welcome. All our session leaders and helpers are DBS (was CRB) checked. Our teenagers take a turn serving in the sanctuary at the main 10am Sunday Eucharist once a month and at the special festivals.

Sunday School now runs at 10am every Sunday. We begin the worship with all ages together for a simple Rite to mark the beginning of the Eucharist and to send the children to their respective activities. The sessions for the groups make good use of Scripture Union materials giving the children a chance to follow a whole story of a book of the Bible through. At Communion time in church the children line up to receive a blessing and a piece of bread specially blessed called the 'Antidoron' (which is clearly distinct from the Communion wafers) for them and other non communicants. After communion we have a notices slot and the children at this point tell us what they have been doing.

The whole congregation welcomes children as an integral part in the life of the Church and we are working on new ways to recognize the place our youngest members already enjoy in our midst. The Introit Rite is just one way of doing this. In addition we have about 10 All Age Eucharists throughout the year with additional provision at the major Festivals.

Children are involved with leading parts of the worship as appropriate and we have been trying out one of the new Eucharistic Prayers produced by the Church of England for use with children present. The children also enjoy taking part in services such as Palm Sunday inlcuding helping to read some of the individual parts and the Footwashing ceremony on Maundy Thursday. The older class (8-10 year olds) are also encouraged to serve alongside the adults in the sanctuary (about once a month).

Separate provision for the 11+ group are now made for them on Sunday evenings and if you are interested in this please contact the Vicar for more details.

Newcomers are most welcome  - just turn up about 10 to 10 any Sunday morning. 

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