YOUTH MINISTRY-CHILDREN’S CHURCH 
 
Children’s/Young People’s Church is held most weeks in the Watford Congregation, during the Sermon.  The children participate in the worship hymns at the beginning.  During the hymn just preceeding the Sermon, they go into the committee Room or the Church Hall for their lesson.
Here in the Watford congregation we have provided bible lessons for our children for many years, recently extending this to the under 5’s which proved a great success for the children and their parents alike. We look to provide a welcoming, fun and safe learning environment for any child, any age.

We endeavor for lessons to be unique, surprising and enjoyable. As the proverb states, we feel children learn best when the lessons are hands on; one child when acting out Paul escaping from Damascus down a city wall in a basket, still sees himself as Paul and remembers being lowered; One of Paul’s journey’s and shipwreck were taught by making and sailing our own model sail boats, charting the journey on a large map of the Mediterranean produced with the children’s help. At Christmas the children put on a production of some kind.  One year they produced a large sequence of the story of Jesus’ birth, using their own photos in the faces of the characters to help them identify with the people in the account.


When a topic is finished, we often share our results with the congregation giving the children a feeling of belonging and pride. As a result the congregation is interested to know and see what the children have been learning. All the members enjoy seeing and hearing from the children and feel as though the children are valued members of the church community.

The children are the church’s future and the best way to have them in our future is to include them now. When Jesus’ disciples tried to shoo the children away, “Jesus was irate and let them know it”. He told them “don’t push these children away; don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very centre of life in the kingdom. Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child you will never get in.” (The Message Bible)

And so we should make the children the centre of our church communities. The message we teach is simply the message of God’s love. In aiming to promote a safe learning environment, we start by appreciating each child’s uniqueness and build on that. The children encourage us to continue by their enthusiasm for our lessons.

Whilst we are fortunate at Watford to have a good number children attending regularly, we can never guarantee at any one lesson that they will all be there. Numbers are however irrelevant as a lesson for one child only would be no less important.

Please feel free to contact us at waford@gracecom.church if you would like further details.

Tell me and I will forget.
Show me and I may remember some of it.
Involve me and I’ll remember it forever.
-Chinese Proverb

 

Note:  The Leaders/Teachers at Children’s/Young Adults Church are all CRB checked and standard Child Protection Policies are in place.

Leave a Reply