Calling all primary school children!
Our new Kids’ Club commenced on SUNDAY 6th MARCH in St Marnock’s Chapel attached to St Andrew’s Church.
Initially, it will operate on the first Sunday of the month only from 11.30 a.m.
However, if there is demand, we will happily extend to a second Sunday.
Children, who can be accompanied by a parent, will participate in age-related activities before joining up with the Sunday congregation in time to come forward at the Holy Communion.
We are most grateful to all those who have volunteered to act as Kids’ Club Leaders and for their willingness to undergo Garda vetting which is required for all work with young people.
In due course, all volunteers will also complete training offered by Safeguarding Trust, the Church of Ireland’s Code of Good Practice for youth work and children’s ministry.
The Rector says, “Last month, at the Christingle Service, I was delighted to see so many children of primary school age. This club is for them, and I hope parents will encourage them to take part in it.
Parents can either go into the main service, which on the first Sunday of the month will be Holy Communion or go into the club too where there will be tea and coffee making facilities in the Refreshment Dock.”
The Sunday Kids’ Club is in addition to the Family Service which usually takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month, also at 11.30 a.m.
“We all recognise the vital importance of children and families within our church community. This is a ministry that not simply builds into the future but is vital for today’s church.”
Mindful of the importance of this aspect of parish life, the Rector and Select Vestry are exploring the possibility of appointing a Children and Families Worker.
“We are blessed with so many creative, talented and dedicated children and we want them to feel at home in church and genuinely part of it,” said Canon David.
“The appointment of a Children and Families Worker would be a very significant commitment in financial terms for these united parishes, but we are keen to develop our ministry among children and initiate new ministry opportunities among families.
“The Sunday Kids’ Club is a first step, and I would appeal to all parents for their support.
“This is our 200th anniversary year, and it is crucial that we invest in our young people if we want to see both our churches grow into the next 200 years.”
Further information about the Sunday Kids’ Club is available from the Rector, Solome Keegan or Emma Hannigan.