Welcome to Junior Church!
Fun, friendship and following Jesus
Although our normal youth activities are suspended, Tracy (Children and Youth Worker) is connecting with families online. You can find all sorts of resources through the Sele Messy Church Facebook page, including a live feed with Tracy on Sundays at 10.00am and Wednesdays at 4.00pm. Please contact Tracy directly to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
The rest of this page gives you information about what to expect when St Andrew's services are happening under normal circumstances...
Children are invited to leave the service after the first hymn for Junior Church, going through the door in the Children's Corner to the St Andrew's Centre. If you are new to church please do come with your children to help them settle in if needed and meet the team. You will be welcomed and directed to the appropriate age-specific group. Here is what happens at the 10.30am service each Sunday of the month:
Groups and location:
0-3 year olds meet in the Vestry. We meet every week except for the All-Age Service (we all meet together in Church). We value our smallest and aim to provide a safe, comfortable space for them to be nurtured. We also aim for you, as parents/carers to feel safe and comfortable leaving them so you too can be nurtured in the main body of the church.
3-7 year olds meet in The Centre hall in the half nearest the church, with extra support for the younger ones.
7-11 year olds meet in The Centre hall in the half nearest the garden.
11 year olds and up meet in The Upper Room of The Centre.
(You will notice a cross-over of age groups. We will consult parents over moving groups as we are aware that our young people have their own needs and may be ready to move up earlier or may feel happier in their current group a little longer)
We gather all together then split into our age-specific groups to explore our Bible story through fun activities, games and craft.
All-Age Service (usually 2nd Sundays)
We celebrate this time together in the main body of the church, with a music group (instead of choir) and a more interactive talk (rather than a sermon). There is a children’s corner where families may feel more comfortable at any point during the service. Find out more about our All-Age Services here...
When we focussed on worry, we all decorated a pillowcase, signing our names on each other's so we can remember that, although we might worry (especially while trying to fall asleep), we are not alone and we are loved.