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Junior Church

The Junior Church at Christ Church offers children of all ages a positive, exciting and supportive introduction to Christian faith, life and worship as a foundation for life. We approach this in a structured way,  within a professional framework of teacher-led development. Children and their families are given the opportunity to participate together in worship through our monthly All Age Eucharist on the first Sunday of each month.


Older children are given encouragement and support to receive communion, as well as prepare for Confirmation as part of a journey into considered Christian commitment.


On Sunday mornings children gather for Junior Church in the front pews of the church where teachers will be waiting to greet them. Children are asked to arrive by 9:50am in readiness for the start of the service. The whole congregation is then welcomed by one of the clergy and we all sing the opening hymn together. 


As the hymn comes to an end Junior Church moves through to the Parish Centre. There is a short  service based on the day's Gospel reading and then everyone moves into age-related teaching groups. Theses groups follow a syllabus called

Light that has been developed by Scripture Union. By following this syllabus the children gain a good grasp of the key events and teachings of the Bible and develop a personal relationship with Christ.

 

The children then rejoin their church family for communion/blessing and remain in the front pews for the remainder of the service. Parents are then required to collect their children personally from the children's group leader.

There are eight groups within Junior Church , named after Biblical places connected with the life of Jesus:

Bethlehem - Nursery/Reception


Nazareth - Year 1


Galilee - Year 2


Jordan - Year 3


Capernaum - Year 4


Bethany - Year 5


Jerusalem - Year 6


On the Edge - Year 7 and above. 


Young people have themselves chosen this name to reflect their status, being on the verge of an adult commitment to Christ.

During each year Junior Church members are asked to bring a weekly donation to the collection plate which goes to the Church funds in order to support the Youth work of Christ Church. In addition, Junior Church also aims to support three charities each year - one local, one national and one international. We manage this through various events such as cake stalls, clothing collections and plate decorating !! We also sponsor one child's education in Haiti through the charity Worldshare.

Other activities involving Junior Church throughout the year are outlined in newsletters to parents.

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