Junior Church is what we call ‘Sunday School’ here in The Benefice, because we want the children to know that they are a valuable part of our churches, and through their session, we want to enable the children to know God and to take their part in the life of the church.
It is also important to us that we help them to grow in an understanding and love for the Bible and the traditions of the Church, and we do this by supporting the children in developing their own spirituality through age appropriate activities.
If we want our children to know God, then we must INSPIRE them to want to know God. So we strive to:
Instruct them in what the Bible says and God demands.
Nurture their faith by listening and responding sensitively.
Support them in finding the words to pray and to worship.
Pray for them every day.
Identify with them.
Recognise our reliance on God touching them.
Encourage them to put their developing faith into action.
The session will often include some or all of the following:
We want our children to learn to be able to talk to God and to know that He wants them to talk to Him about things that are important to them.
We want our children to learn to pray for each other.
The children learn songs and learn to understand what it is they are singing about.
The lessons are carefully planned to match the readings from the Church Lectionary.
We recognise that children have different preferred learning styles, and this is catered for through a variety of activities in the session
Junior Church takes place during the service, and then at The Peace the children come back into church, and will often show us what they have been doing, and often help us to think about the teaching we have had through the sermon.
If you are new to our churches, then please do speak to the person welcoming you into church and they will be delighted to point you in the right direction.