Children at Christ Church St Laurence
Children are joyfully welcomed to every service at Christ Church St Laurence.
A message to parents
To the parents of young children, we say: please relax! God put the wiggle in children. Please do not feel you must surpress it in this holy place. If you bring a young child to the service, we encourage you to sit toward the front of the church (children will be more attentive if they can see what is happening at the altar), and to quietly explain the service to your child. Please sing, pray and respond, and encourage your child to copy you. At communion, lead your child toward the altar rail. The priest will be delighted to say hello and welcome, and to bless your child.
If you feel you need to take your child outside of the service and in to the porch, do so, but please come back.
Sunday School (Sundays 9.00am)
The Sunday School is held in the Parish Hall each week during the 9.00 Sung Eucharist and lasts for approximately 40 minutes. Children return to the Church before the Offertory so they can experience the Great Thanksgiving and Communion.
Our Sunday School program follows the lectionary so parents and children can discuss what they have learnt following the service. We have two Sunday School groups.
Sunday School for 4-8 year olds. This group enjoy singing, praying, playing and listening to a Bible story and responding through craft or art-making activities.
Our Junior High Group is for those 8 years and older. This more mature group studies and discusses the relevant reading/s for the week. We encourage questioning and discussion as we delve into applying God’s word and following Jesus. We also enjoy fellowship and playing some games during our time together.
Mini Majors Toddler Group 9.45-11am Wednesdays
On Wednesday mornings during term time we have a relaxed time of music, stories and fun in the church hall. This group is open to all children under 5 with their parent/carer, no church affiliation is necessary.
We start at 9.45 am with some games, dancing and singing and a story time. We may do some craft and finish off with morning tea.
2017 term dates
For information about Sunday School please contact our Youth Ministry Leader at email@example.com or the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9211 0560.
All our paid and volunteer children and youth workers are subject to Anglican Diocesan Safe Ministry protocols and ongoing training. This includes ensuring that those who work with under 18s are not “prohibited persons,” and hold a current “Working with Children Check” clearance. They are also required to undertake Safe Ministry Training or equivalent, and to complete a refresher course every three years.
The national Anglican Code of Conduct, Faithfulness in Service, applies to all office bearers and leaders in our parish whether paid of voluntary.
Our Safe Ministry Representative is Tony Miller.
At Christ Church St Laurence, we encourage parents to bring children of all ages to our services. We have recently invested in new facilities to make this easier for parents, these include:
* Baby change facilities in our toilets.
* A new Sunday School curriculum and materials
* A playmat and various ‘quiet’ toys for younger children.
* A microwave in our kitchen for bottle-warming.
To use any of these facilities, please speak with the sidesperson at any time during the service.
News and Events
Movie Night 2 The Sequel We had so much fun last time we’re doing it again in term 4. Mark the date, Friday October 27 6pm-9pm. RSVP: email@example.com
Save the date! Join us at CCSL for a jam packed day of games, activities and fun. Drop off is from 8.30am and pickup before 5.30pm. Cost is $15 which includes morning and afternoon tea and all activities and materials. Please bring your lunch and water bottle. This day is open to all children at primay school, years K-6. All our staff and volunteers comply with Safe Ministry Policies, have a verified working with children check and have been trained in safe ministry. Melinda […]
Starting on 26th July we will be running a music and story time group for those 4 years and under. Join us in the hall for singing, dancing and games with your child and relax with a cup of coffee afterwards while the children play. All welcome, Wednesday mornings 9.45-11am during term time. $3/session. Christ Church St Laurence Hall, 505 Pitt St, Sydney.
One of our Parish activities is the production of “The Deacon’s Treasure” a quarterly magazine that features contributions from the congregation around a particular theme. The theme for our next edition is the deacon’s treasure. You are no doubt aware of the Story of St Laurence, the Archdeacon of Rome, who in 258AD was commanded by the Prefect of Rome to deliver the riches of the church. St Laurence distributed as much of the church’s property to the poor as he could […]
Holy Week has started joyfully with our Palm Sunday procession. A big thank-you to all the teachers and parents for their enthusiastic participation. I am very grateful to Sylvie for her organisation and championing of this event. It was really lovely to see the children in the procession and their smiles were only outshone by some of the senior members of the 9am congregation who really enjoyed seeing the children participating in the service. A special thanks to Liz Davies who […]
Palm Sunday 9am Sunday 9th April Join us for some dress up fun as we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, where He was lauded with Palm leaves, less than a week before his crucifixion. We have our own procession around the church! Easter Sunday, He is Risen! 9am 16th April The holiest day of the Christian year in which we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Join us for an Easter egg hunt and some games […]
Lent term had a busy start with the Blessing of the Backpacks, a Sunday School ‘picnic’ for Yum Cha at a local restaurant and we are now gearing up for Easter festivities. The children have settled really well into the 2017 Sunday School year and are enjoying the new format of coming together to pray and sing and then splitting into smaller groups by age. This has allowed the teachers to more adequately cater to each child’s developmental stage and the […]