Children and Young People at WURC
Junior Church Weekday activities Uniformed organisations
During the Covid 19 lockdown and during the continuing restrictions on social mixing we are not able to meet. We are keeping in touch with our children and young people and we pray for them with the particular challenges they face as they transfer to new year groups, teachers and schools, approach exams, undertake college or university courses and the problems of building and maintaining friendships at this time.
This is a picture of our 'old normal':
The church has a Safeguarding Policy which is reviewed every year and all leaders are DBS checked.
We feel very blessed to have children and young people who attend our church regularly and take an active part in our worship and in church life. It is a delight that the children take part in the service in different ways: giving out hymn books, as ‘volunteers’ in the message in the first part of the service, lighting the peace candle and taking the offertory. Our teenagers contribute well to the life of the church by reading in the service and in occasional music and drama contributions.
At times, the children and young people take the whole service. But on a normal Sunday, we all worship together for the first part of the service and then the children and young people go to their group. We have a mixed age group and adjust the activities according who is there each week. When we go out to our group we get up to all manner of things from cooking, drama, planting seeds, competitive games and collaborative games in order to learn about our faith and how to put it into action in our daily lives. All the activities aim to give a greater understanding of the bible passage for that week.
Our recent Christmas performances have been a 'No-Rehearsal Nativity', and these have been a great success. Costumes are arranged on the day with participants also being invited to come in their own costume (if they can) according to the character they would like to play. Members of the congregation also have an active role which has created an atmosphere of deep fellowship.
We have had Halloween Parties with a Christian message in the last few years. These have been very happy occasions and have attracted children in our neighbourhood. The games, jokes and food all have scary themes and the Christian message is a positive one that Jesus is the light of the world or that whatever we fear, Jesus is always with us and that God says 'Do not be afraid'.
Our children and young people also help with social events and with fund-raising activities. From time to time they attend church meeting to add their voice to the decision-making processes of our church.
One of our teenagers serves on the Southern Synod Youth Executive and represented Southern Synod at the national youth assembly.
During the week, we host a wide range of activities for younger children.
The Holmwood Pre-School meets each morning from Monday to Friday,offering full pre-school facilities for up to 18 children aged 2 to 4. The preschool is thriving, fully-suscribed, and recently passed an OFSTED inspection with flying colours.
On Tuesday morning, other mums and younger children are welcome to out Tea and Toys - which is exactly what the name suggests. A chance for mums to get together for a natter over a cup of tea, and for their children to play together or with a range of toys.
Uniformed OrganisationsThe church hosts the 8th South Wallington companies of the Guide Association with active Rainbow group, Brownie pack and Guide company.
These groups join our regular all-age worship services (about 8 times per year). Their sweet-making skills and the Father Christmas Grotto are highlights of the church's Christmas Fayre raising money for local charities.
WURC safeguarding policy
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