Children and Young People

For a number of years there were no children worshipping at St Pancras. Thankfully that has now changed. The work with children and families is still on a relatively small scale, but it is growing and we are committed to doing all we can to help children grow in their faith and support their parents.

Messy Church

In 2012 we launched Messy Church at St Pancras which was an instant hit. We regularly have up to 50 children and their parents/carers. Messy Church takes place on the first Sunday of the month at 4pm. Along with lively worship songs and Bible teaching there are games, crafts, mess and general mayhem!  Messy Church ends with a meal together. If you want to find out more contact Ruth Burrows who heads it up.

Sunday Mornings

We now have provision for children at every morning service (apart from the first Sunday when there is Messy Church in the afternoon).  The area at the back of Church is full of resources for children. There are two groups, one for toddlers and one for older children. Numbers are still relatively small but we are committed to grow and develop this work. As well as volunteer leaders we have our Ministry Trainees, Alice Wiilkinson-Feller and Davey Crook, who are working with children and families.  The teaching material for children on Sunday mornings is drawn from Urban Saints. We often have a children’s song during the service, where we encourage the children to come up and get fully involved, if they want to.

Noah’s Ark

This independently run parent and toddler group meets in the Church Hall on Thursday Mornings. There are very strong links with St Pancras Church and the leadership of Noah’s Ark is Christian. For more information please contact Sandra Richards via the parish Office 01243 536387.

Communication

We have a closed Facebook group for parents/carers of St Pancras children. Details of each Sunday’s activities are posted in the week before.

Bishop Luffa School Admissions

To qualify for a church place at Bishop Luffa school parents and / or children must worship regularly at an Anglican church. We keep a register at the back of church for parents to sign should they wish to record their attendance. Follow this link to download a leaflet explaining St Pancras and the Bishop Luffa admissions policy. Bishop Luffa and St Pancras

Safeguarding

The Parochial Church Council and the Clergy are totally committed to ensuring that St Pancras Church is a safe place for Children. We adhere to the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Policy. All those involved in work with children have DBS checks and receive regular training.

The future

We still have a long way to go in our ministry to children, young people and their families. We would love to develop more groups, midweek work and plans are underway for a holiday club in 2015. Longer term plans include developing the building so that there are more rooms for work with children.  Irene Smale has joined St Pancras as an additional curate. Irene is the Diocesan children’s officer and is passionate about the church connecting with children. Irene will be an important part of how this work develops. We hope that next year we will be able to have two Ministry Trainees. These young graduates will also help us develop our work with children, families and young people.

If you have any questions about our work with children and young people at St Pancras please get in touch with us, details on the contact page of this website.

 


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