Our goal with Kids@Church is to offer an experience of the love of God to children and their families. We want to enable them to grow in the Christian faith by developing an awareness of God, in the Scriptures, in the life and liturgy of the Church, and in their own lives.
Please come along to the 9.00am Sung Eucharist (or 10:00am Eucharist in January) in the church. After the Collect for the Day, the children are invited to come forward (with their parents if you wish) and after a prayer they go to the Crypt for Kids@Church. You can join them if you wish or remain at the service.
The children join a group based on their age range and have a short period of prayer, followed by a lesson and then craft or other activities.
Each group has an adult leader. Most of the leaders are parents but not exclusively so. The children will rejoin their parents or others accompanying them, shortly before the time for receiving Communion.
Three themes inform how we address the special challenges of raising ethical and spiritual children in Sydney. First, God’s children are good, made in the image of God. With this in mind, we hold in tension our desire to involve children in all areas of life and worship with acceptance of a certain amount of noise or ‘holy chaos’.
It makes for happy, involved children, who enjoy coming to church on Sundays – and a wider parish community involved in their young lives. Second, religious formation for children has little to do with memorising doctrine and a lot to do with creating safe and nurturing spaces for asking questions, sharing experiences of faith, deepening friendships, modelling mercy and justice, and wondering about the mystery of God’s presence in our daily lives as we grow into the people God intends us to be. Third, we nurture an awareness that this community is part of a much larger world community, and we do what we can to broaden our circles of concern through prayer, giving, learning and developing relationships with neighbours in need. We welcome you to St. James’ Church. There is a place for you and your family here.
On the first Sunday of each month there is a Eucharist, with a service book specially prepared for the Kids@Church children in the Children’s Chapel in the Crypt, starting at 9:00am. Children participate in this service by reading the Gospel, leading the intercessions and assisting the celebrant. You are welcome to join them if you wish.
For more information contact the Children’s Ministry Coordinator, John Wiltshire, through the Parish Office on 8227 1300, or just come along on Sunday.
CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFETY
The Parish takes its responsibilities in regard to children seriously. All group leaders are eligible to be in child-related employment and have made a declaration to this effect under the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998.