Children are particularly welcome at St Luke's. We aim to encourage children in their spiritual development and parents in the role they can play to support them.
Here in summary are the services and activities which St Luke's offers for children and their parents:
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Play & Pray
A very informal service every Wednesday at 10.30am designed to allow parents and carers of pre-school children to get together in church to play and to talk. Toddlers and babies have toys to play with and there is no requirement for them to be quiet! Coffee, tea and cake available. You can double check it's happening by looking at our Events Calendar.
Drop In Playgroup
These groups are sponsored by the church and take place in the Community Hall every Thursday in term time. The playgroup is for pre-school children with parents staying throughout. Click here for more details.
On the first Sunday of the month at 11:30 this service is particularly suitable for families with young children, lasting about 40 minutes, with refreshments and time to meet other families afterwards.
Every Sunday (except the third Sunday of the month) during the 10:00am Parish Eucharist. Children join the service at the beginning and end. Following the opening hymn and a prayer, children aged 7 and over may leave to join an age appropriate group. These groups are held in the Community Hall and are led by Sally Newman our Children's Worker and a rota of volunteers. They come back to join the congregation in time for Holy Communion.
Children under 7 are able to join 'Sparklers', which is held in the Lower Vestry, within the church itself. Parents can stay with little ones if they wish and it is possible to hear the service.
For the very small there are some toys to keep them occupied in the Lady Chapel.
Our large junior choir involves children between 8 and 14 years of age coached by Jordan Theis our Junior Choir Director. They sing with the adult choir at the 10:00 Parish Eucharist every Sunday morning and greatly enhance our worship by singing at special services. Click here for more details.