Children & Young People
"But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16
Below are links to some of the activities we provide for children and young people at St James' Church. We also run 'Seekers' a provision for primary aged children during our 10.45 Sunday Worship services and Family Fellowship at 4.30pm every second and fourth Sunday. Contact us to find out more.
War in Ukraine - How to talk to young children in relation to war
It is difficult to know if and how we should discuss war with young children. Tamsin Grimmer, Early Years Consultant and member of our congregation has produced this informative and helpful leaflet ... download here
We believe that children, wriggles and all, are a gift to our church. They belong with the rest of God’s people. So, thank you for bringing them!
Our prayer and vision is for children, according to their age and stage, to increasingly participate in Sunday worship. Some children will sit in the pews, others make use of the extra space in the families’ area near the front. Feel free to do what most helps you.
Try to prepare them for worship a few minutes before the service starts, perhaps by saying a prayer with them. Feel free to quietly explain the different parts of what is going on. But the best thing you can do is to sing the hymns and participate in the creed, prayers, and other responses. Children learn to worship by watching you and others. On most Sundays, for a portion of the service, we run a children's group called 'Seekers,' which provides age-specific teaching.
If you feel you have to leave the service with a child, feel free to do so, but please come back. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.”