Children and Young People

Children and young people are a central part of our Church life at St Peter’s. Their questions, energy and enthusiasm enrich us enormously. We hope their experience of St Peter’s will be lively, fun and warm.

Children at Petertide Lunch

Children and Families Worker Jessica Richmond co-ordinates and develops our work with children.

Child safeguarding policy
Leaders of our children’s work and adult choir members are CRB checked. Our Safeguarding Officer is Revd Joanna Coney (email: Joanna.Coney@gmail.com). Each year St Peter’s PCC  reviews our safeguarding policy, most recently on 14 June 2016.  Download the current policy.

Children’s Church meets on most Sundays throughout the year. Children go to the Old School Room behind the Church at the start of our 10:00am service then rejoin the congregation later for a blessing or communion at the altar rail.

Worship includes prayer, reflection and usually a song or two. We have stories or explore a theme using drama, artwork, creative activities or games. The children are given as much choice as possible, aiming to provide something for all ages. There are toys, colouring sheets and books for children who chose to remain in church.

Parents or carers are welcome to join in. Under fours must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Communion

Altar frontal for Mothering Sunday

Once each half-term, our 10am Sunday service becomes a Family Communion, planned with children in mind. Livelier than our regular Sunday services, the service usually involves the children in acting, storytelling or an interactive talk. They may help lead prayers or play simple musical instruments during the last hymn. Family Communion lasts about 50-60 minutes and often falls on special occasions, Harvest Festival or Mothering Sunday.

Carols4Kids
On Christmas Eve we have our hugely popular Carols4Kids, much enjoyed by both the children, their family and friends. With lots of opportunity for congregation participation, it’s guaranteed to become the only way to start your Christmas. The service starts at 4:00pm and lasts for around 45 minutes, followed by refreshments.

Children's Palm Sunday procession with Dennis the donkey

Palm Sunday 2014

Palm Sunday

The children walk in procession carrying palm crosses from Lower Wolvercote to St Peter’s Church for the 10.00am service where they contribute to telling the story of Christ’ passion.

Children’s Good Friday Service
At our short Good Friday children’s service we tell the story of Easter and then involve the children in a creative activity, such as making Easter gardens to take home. There are usually Hot Cross Buns.

 

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