They brought children for him to touch. The disciples rebuked them, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant, and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not try to stop them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it." And he put his arms round them, laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Mark 10.13-16
Why send children to Sunday School?
When a child is baptised, parents and god-parents make a solemn promise: they promise to bring up the child as a Christian within the Christian Community. Encouraging a child to come to Sunday School is one of the ways of keeping that promise and helping them to learn about the Christian faith.
Where does Sunday School take place?
The Sunday School meets each Sunday at 9.30am in St. James’s Church. After the children have had their lesson they can join with their parents in church who may bring them to the Altar at the time of Communion to receive a blessing.
Children also have an opportunity (with help!) to light a candle as a sign of their prayers.
What age can children begin?
We have children from the age of 5 until they are teenagers. Older children are also encouraged to join Confirmation Classes. (There is a worship area for the pre-school age)
What do the children learn?
Members of the Sunday School are introduced to familiar Bible stories, as well as learning about the life of Jesus Christ. They also learn about the lives of the saints and what it means to belong to the Christian Church. Part of the lesson is given to activities, they hear a Bible story each week and they learn how to pray.
Sometimes the children’s work is displayed in church for everyone to see.
But I’m a little concerned about leaving my children with people I don’t know…
There’s no need to be anxious. Everybody working with children and young people within the Church will have been subject to the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) procedures required by law.
St. James’s, like all Anglican Churches in the St. Albans Diocese, has issued a set of guidelines to help us with all aspects of our work with children and young people. A copy of this can be seen here. Of course you can always come along to church with your children and join in what is happening!
During the year, other activities are arranged which could include a picnic (with Bouncy Castle), trip to a Pantomime, Christmas party and Easter Egg-Hunt. Sometimes there are activities during the holidays and half-term weeks.
St. James’s is part of the Parish of Bushey with Holy Trinity and St. Paul’s churches. At different times of the year young people of the parish may join together for learning and for games and parties.
So what do I do?
Just bring your child or children along to the Church a little before 9.30am on a Sunday morning. You can ring Vicki (Sunday School Co-ordinator) if you have any further questions.
Sunday School Co-ordinator, Alex Evans
c/o The Parish Office
c/o The Parish Office