Children at St John's
At St John's Church we encourage children to have an
active place in the church. On Sunday mornings we
have Junior Church which provides a good quality
programme of teaching materials led by experienced
and dedicated teachers. These activities begin at
10.30am for all ages 2- 18! The children and young
people then come into the church service in time to
take part at Communion*. It is important for
everyone to be together for Communion as this is a
sacrament which unifies the whole church. Once a
month, usually the first Sunday in the month we are
all together for church beginning at 10.30am. Here
the children and young people take an active part in
the service - reading from the Bible, leading the
prayers, acting a sketch or singing songs.
In the church we also have a children's corner where
very young children can play safely during the
service. We also have activity bags for babies and
young children who want to sit with their parents
during the service.
Those who come to Junior Church can also come to
Adventure Club on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to
7.30pm. At Adventure Club there are games, craft
activities and a tuck shop
A large feature of being in Junior Church is taking
part in the annual pantomime (although its not
compulsory!). Rehearsals begin in October and the
performances are during half term in February. We
have three performances to full audiences.
When a child is in the first year of secondary
school and has been a regular member of Junior
Church we invite them to prepare for confirmation.
Confirmation is an important event in the life of an
Anglican Christian. When a baby or small child is
baptised the parents and god-parents make promises
to bring the child up according the teachings of
Jesus Christ. When a child reaches 11 or 12 we
invite them to make (confirm) those decisions for
themselves. Many children these days are not
baptised as babies but this does not mean they cant
be confirmed. They will be baptised and confirmed on
the same occasion.
At a confirmation service, the Bishop lays his hands
on the head of the person and prays for the Holy
Spirit to anoint them with His presence so that they
may live out the Christian life with His help.
*Adults, and young people who are confirmed share
bread and wine as Jesus did with his disciples at
the last supper. Young people who have not been
confirmed have a special blessing.
We take assemblies at Dudley Wood Primary School and
invite classes into the church for special Christmas
and Easter events. Sometimes the schools hold an
improvised christening or wedding at St John's which
is always a joyous occasion!
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