Children at All Saints
A relaxing area for children in the main worship space.
Monday mornings in term time.
9.45am to 11am
"Little Saints!" is a popular and well established initiative of All Saints' Church. It seeks to provide an opportunity for parents and carers of pre-school children to attend church in an unpressured and supportive environment.
What we do at Little Saints
Little Saints is our Monday church.
On a Monday morning starting at 9.45am we meet in the room with the toys. Then when everyone is ready we go into the chapel where the sheep are always waiting for us. We sit on our special mat. We light our two candles, count our sheep and all the children. We sing some very easy songs - with actions - then we have a story from the Bible, with words, pictures or something else special that the leader brings. We enjoy getting the musical instruments out of the blue chest and playing them with gusto! We end our time in the chapel by blowing out the candles together and singing our blessing song.
Then we go back to the toy room and make something - with a little bit of help! After all this it's time to play and have a drink and a biscuit, while our parents and carers chat together.
December 2017 - Little Saints Christmas Crib greets you!
100 Angels Below: detail from the Year 2 panel.
The Tree of Freedom
Summer 2017 children in years 3 & 4 at All Saints school created this lovely artwork in paint and collage. It was on show first at St Mary's. Now it graces All Saints church - a wonderful gift from the school.
All the ideas below about the tree were generated by the children.
The Tree shows:
- How everyone is free to play
- How everyone can be together as a family
- Anyone can join the tree, no matter who they are
- No one is asking them to do anything to join
- They are free and have the right to be the person and spirit that they want to be
- They can fly away if they want to
- They can go wherever they want
- They aren't trapped
- They are free to make their own choices
- They are in the open air
Children at Sunday worship
Children are more than welcome at all our worship – and we don’t expect them to be angels!
Being 'at home' in the main worship space
There is a colourful, comfortable and inviting children's area. It is a place where you can relax with your children and still be part of the worship.
One of the best ways to keep your children contented
during worship is to engage them with what is going on by pointing out what is
happening at different points.
On the third Sunday of each month
We are enjoying experimenting with the Mass, finding new and varied ways for the children to take a bigger part in the action, and daring to welcome something a bit different. From the youngest to the oldest we are all taking part in an amazing drama and - together - we want to make the most of it.
Come and join in. Let's see where the journey takes us!
Baptism in the Main Service
Always a very special and joyful occasion with lots of opportunities for the children to join in. Our new baptism activity packs are also getting the children's approval.
If you go down in the woods today...
Little Saints having a Teddy Bears Picnic in the vicarage garden
Little Saints making things
with a little bit of help!
time to play,
time to chat.
A good day was had by all.