The main aims of our children’s work are to nurture faith and to let our children feel safe, happy and welcome. We attempt, as far as possible, to involve our children and young people in 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. For instance, we have special all age Junior Church events for Fairtrade fortnight, One World Week and Christian Aid Week, we have a special programme for Good Friday morning and there is usually a Christmas treat.
The Junior Church is ordinarily organised by age groups: there is a crèche for the under 3s, Blue and Pops for children aged 3 to 7, Jazz for 8s to 10s and SOUL for over 11s. These meet on Sundays during the school term. Normally, we join in the first part of the Sunday morning service, before moving into our own areas (in or near the Church hall) for our particular activities, following an all-inclusive second hymn often chosen for the piano or church band. On Communion Sundays (first Sunday in the month) we reverse this pattern and start in our own areas before joining the congregation later for Holy Communion. On several occasions during the year, including Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and the last Sunday of Advent, we join with the senior Church for all-age worship. We participate in or lead these services. We are always pleased to welcome visitors and new members to our Junior Church.
There are two different Brownie packs; 8th & 21st St Albans Brownie Pack are open to girls between the ages of 7 and 10. It 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 pack from Ciara – 07980 283946 (firstname.lastname@example.org); and information about the 21st pack can be obtained from Helen Paustian (email@example.com)