We are blessed with a lively and enthusiastic group of under 11s at St. Christopher’s and we aim to integrate them into the Church family, to encourage them to develop a personal understanding of the Christian faith, and to help them grow in faith through fun, fellowship and food! The first Sunday of the month is an All-Age Service, and children of all ages are encouraged to serve, read, pray and even help with the sermon! During the 10am Parish Mass on all other Sundays, colouring sheets, books, and quiet activities are provided for under 4s in the Crèche whilst the Children’s Church meet downstairs.
Children at Primary School are invited to join one of the ministry team to explore the theme of the day during the first part of the Service on Sundays. St. Christopher’s Children’s Church meets in the Lower Hall, and the children take part in a range of activities from Bible Study and imaginative prayer to themed games and music. Their programme compliments the theme of the liturgical year and parents are encouraged to discuss the theme of the day with their children at home. Check out the children’s church’s first YouTube video on Lent here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4ZCOivZ7y0
First Communion Classes
At St. Christopher’s, the PCC have recently agreed to allow children over the age of 8 to receive communion prior to confirmation, once they feel ready, and after attending a 6-week preparation course. We are all delighted and excited by this, and the children enjoy attending classes packed with games, fun and lots of interesting discussions with one of the ministry team, followed by a shared hot meal together!
Trips and holiday activities
During school holidays, children enjoy a range of activities from crafts held at church, sports at the local Burgess Park and trips out. This year, the 8-12s enjoyed a fantastic trip to a rural farm in Sussex! Their favourite parts included a tractor ride, playing hide and seek in the woods, stroking all of the animals, and most of all, meeting Basil the dog!
Children of all ages are encouraged to engage with the whole community of Pembroke House by joining in groups such as the Music Academy, IntoUniversity, dt17, the garden group and much more! Families with children of all ages are also warmly invited to attend St. Christopher’s Messy Church on the first Sunday of each month from 4 – 5:30pm for crafts, games, stories and hot food.