We stay in church and join in with the 30 minute service on the 1st Sunday of the month, and the all-age Holy Communion Service on the 5th Sunday of the month.
On the other three Sundays each month Saint Andrew’s has a lively Sunday school. We take children from the age of three when parents are encouraged to stay with the children until they get used to the routine.
Children join the whole congregation in church at the start of the 10:15am service and then go round to the hall. After a short prayer and reflection time together, the children move into three groups: Bubbles for the pre-school and reception class children; Splash! for Year 1 and 2 and Xstream for Key Stage 2. All children usually have the same lesson, at different levels, as the teachers follow the Scripture Union ‘Light’ material. Each session usually consists of an introductory activity, a Bible story and this is followed by related activities which are often either art or craft work. The oldest children are involved in more discussion on how to apply what has been learned to their own lives.
Our team are conscientious and experienced. We hope to provide children with a good basis for their faith, continuity and security as well as fun and enjoyment. After the learning session, we all sing together and then the children are provided with a drink and a biscuit which is when parents come into the hall to collect them.
A Nativity Service is presented to the church just before Christmas each year. Social events are arranged throughout the year with an Epiphany Party in January, barbecue and sports in July, craft mornings usually at Easter and in October.
The St Andrew’s youth group meet twice a month on a Tuesday at 6:30pm. We eat together, play games, and talk around various issues and Bible stories. For ages 12 – 18, all welcome. For more details please contact Rev Alice Pettit via the contact form. http://standrewsham.church/contact-the-parish-office
There are many opportunities for children and young people to be involved at St Andrew’s. Please speak to Rev Alice Pettit if you are interested in volunteering with us as part of your Duke of Edinburgh award, joining our music group or choir and helping to lead Sunday worship, flower arranging, gardening and many other activities. Or if you would be interested in our twice yearly art days or wish to speak to someone about any aspect of life or faith. http://standrewsham.church/contact-the-parish-office