The main aims of our children’s work are to nurture faith and to let our children feel safe, happy and welcome and involved all aspects of our church’s life. Because of other educational and social demands on their time, only a few of our children are able to attend every week, but we encourage the involvement of all our children in some special events associated with seasons and campaigns such as Fairtrade Fortnight, Good Friday, Christian Aid Week, Harvest, One World Week and Christmas.
The Junior Church including crèche meets on Sundays during the school term. Normally, we join in the first part of the Sunday morning service, before moving to the Church hall for our particular activities. On Communion Sundays (usually first Sunday in the month) we reverse this pattern and start in our own areas before joining the congregation later for Holy Communion. We have fairly frequent All Age Worship services, on special occasions during the year as well as one-offs, when all ages are involved throughout the service. We are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members to our Junior Church.
We have a box of toys in the welcome area, and also Happy Bags that can be brought into church to entertain younger children during the service.
Secondary school age children ( years 7-13) from the two St Albans Methodist churches and from some of the other churches in the Circuit meet monthly on the second Sunday evening of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at Hatfield Road Methodist Church. Led by the Reverends Rosemary Fletcher and Andrew Prout. We meet for food, a seasonal activity and reflection, followed by discussion, and we end with prayers.
Young people and leaders from our circuit have attended 3 Generate, the Methodist Youth Assembly held every November, for a number of years.
Two Brownie packs are based at Marlbororugh Road, the 8th & 21st St Albans. Brownies are open to girls between the ages of 7 and 10 and provides a safe, girl-only space to explore the activities, issues and possibilities that are available to girls today. During weekly meetings the girls experience an interesting and varied programme where they can focus on themselves, their community and the world in which they live. Further information can be obtained about the 8th (Monday) pack from Ciara – 07980 283946 (firstname.lastname@example.org)and about the 21st (Tuesday) pack can be obtained from Helen Paustian (email@example.com)