Our Parish policy is to provide a safe environment in which children and young people can find out about the Christian faith in a supportive and creative atmosphere. We aim to respect the views of children and to be inclusive of their needs.
We have an active Safeguarding policy which you can read here, and all who work with children only do so after appropriate DBS checks. Coupled with our intentions to be clear in our teaching of the Christian faith is our desire that children should learn to respect people of differing denominations, other faiths and those of none. In accordance with government legislation our youth leaders and ministry team all have up to date Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced disclosures.
At the Sunday morning services at St Augustine’s, St Giles' and St Luke's, we welcome children as an integral part of our community. There is a quiet space with books and toys where children with their parents can sit if they do not wish to remain in the main service.
On the 1st Sunday of each month at St Luke’s, there is an All-Age Service.
On Friday mornings in St Luke’s Church from 9.30 am to 11.30 am, Little Acorns, a group for mothers/carers with babies and toddlers, meets throughout the year. Everyone with young children is welcome to come along. There is, as you can imagine, much informal discussion about child development and the problems of raising children. Tea, coffee, squash, biscuits and fruit are available throughout the sessions, with toys and activities for the children. At the end, everyone gathers together to sing simple songs and rhymes. There is no charge for Little Acorns.
On Thursdays during term-time, 'First Friends' meet at Castle Street Methodist Church, between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon. Children from babies to pre-school age are welcome. Activities include arts and crafts, toys, stories and music. £1 for one child and £2 for a family of two or more children. For more details, please email via the contact form on Castle Street Methodist website, or just turn up on the day.
Easter and Christmas Holidays. We organise story telling and activity sessions for children, with clearly defined Easter and Christian themes. These are called i-Wonder and publicised as a special event closer to the time.