FAMILY, CHILDREN 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. We welcome older children to be helpers in Sunday School, servers in Church, readers in Church or become part of the choir.
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.
Our aim is to nurture children and young people in their faith, encouraging them to explore the questions and issues it raises.
St Oswald's - meeting every week until 19th December at 10am. We take children from age 2 upwards.
St Alban's - Sunday School runs term time only from 10.45am. We welcome all children from babies to the end of primary school (Year 6 / 11 year olds).
St Dunstan's - meeting once-twice a month. We welcome all children from age 3 upwards (but if you're under 5 years old - you'll need to bring your adult along to accompany you for the session).
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 for those over 8 years old 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 or email email@example.com
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.