CHILDEN AND YOUTH
We run Sunday School at each of our three churches as well as other events for children and young people, including Messy Church. There are also other opportunities for children and young people to become involved in the life of our parish.
Children at Church?
We welcome everyone to church, including children of all ages. It may start with baptism, but we hope all children feel part of our church and community. Babes in arms and in buggies are very welcome – please ask for help if you need it.
In school term time, Sunday School takes place at all of our churches during our main Sunday services (9.30am at St Dunstan’s, 9.15am at St Oswald’s, 10.45am at St Alban’s). Please ask in church for information about where to go. Our aim is to nurture children and young people in their faith, encouraging them to explore the questions and issues it raises.
We hold Messy Church around three times each year. Messy Church is aimed at families and provides a creative and fun way of experiencing church. It is based in being for all ages, creativity, hospitality, and celebration. Please see the Parish Diary and Latest News for information on upcoming events.
We welcome children to join our church choirs. This offers the opportunity to learn how to sing choral music, contribute towards our worship, and to work towards the Deans Awards – awards from the Royal Schools of Church Music. It’s also great fun! For more information, please contact the Parish Office.
Communion Before Confirmation
In the past it was considered normal for children to receive communion for the first time on the occasion of their confirmation. The Church has increasingly, although not exclusively, come to believe that this has not been helpful in making children, especially younger children, feel like they belong in church communities.
We offer an annual opportunity for children from the age of 7 who are regular worshippers in our churches to follow a course that prepares them to be formally admitted to Communion in a special service. You first need to have a discussion with your child about whether s/he would like to receive communion. It is important that your child’s own opinion is valued. You should also discuss this with the Vicar who will be able to offer help and advice to you and your child.
The Cheam Team Ministry takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard all who are involved with and come into contact with our parish, especially children, young people, and vulnerable adults. Please see here for more information on safeguarding.