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Sunday School

Sunday School runs at the same time as the main 10 am service on a Sunday Morning during term time, except when there is a Parade Service (usually the first Sunday of the Month), where all ages are encouraged to be in church. A range of activities is provided through Sunday School for children and young people of all ages.

At St. Paul's we strive to provide a range of activities for your child when they are in church. We hope that you will make use of them and find them helpful. We are aware that every child is different and has different needs. We hope that there will something here appropriate for your child.

There are a number of different groups to cover the different ages.

If your child would prefer to remain in church, they can choose books from the lending library (second window sill on the left) to read during church services. Worksheets are also available at the back of church, and paper for drawing.

Children 1 year old and under

Most children at this age, whether babies or toddlers, are happy staying with their parents in church. Soft toys are available at the back. If your child becomes unsettled, please feel free to take them into the room where Sunday School takes place. You can also find baby changing facilities there.

While the church endeavours to provide a safe environment for your child, at this age you are responsible for your child's safety at all times.

Children who are 1 or 2 years old

Activities are available in the Sunday School Room, where children must be accompanied by their parents. Often Art activities are available.

Quiet toys for toddlers are available in Sunday School, and at the back of church.

Many parents dip in and out, stayiing in church while the children are settled, and bringing them into SS when they become restless, and then taking them back into church.

While the church endeavours to provide a safe environment for your child, at this age, you are responsible for your child's safety at all times.

Children aged 3 and 4 years old

Children must be accompanied by parents; art activiities are available in an informal group.

Each child has a copy of a book called "Bubbles" which assists them with a range of art activities, following a religious structure.

While the church endeavours to provide a safe environment for your child, at this age, you are responsible for your child's safety at all times.

Children in School Years 1 - 4
Children in School Years 5 - 7

Children will work in separate groups on faith-based activities appropriate to their age, tying in with the Church Year.

Children will be invited to read at the Parade Service, and present material that they have been working on.

Children at this age do not need to be accompanied by parents in Sunday School. But a consent form will need to have been completed or renewed, every year.

School Years 8+

From Autumn 2012, we will be experimenting with letting Young People will work on a range of different activities that they choose.

Some will enjoy helping lead the younger groups.

Some will enjoy research projects.

Some will enjoy taking part in the church service.

Many children also enjoy carrying the cross and serving at the altar, or playing a musical instrument in the all age music group.

Young People will be invited to read at the Parade Service, and present material that they have been working on.

Young People at this age do not need to be accompanied by parents in Sunday School. But a consent form will need to have been completed or renewed, every year.

We hope that the young people will begin to contribute to the life of the church.

Admission to Holy Communion

Children from church-attending families, who are felt to be ready, are aged seven or over, and who have been baptised are welcome to attend a course all about Holy Communion, before they start receiving it for themselves.

For more information, please .

Nativity Play 2011

St. Paul's Sunday School produces a Nativity play every year.

The Video

The control panel is attached to the bottom edge of the black screen. Click it once to activate it! You can use this to view the video:

To play: click on the white triangle symbol.

To pause: click on the 2 black parallel bars on the left.

To restart after a pause period: click on the black triangle on the left.

To play it full screen: click on the 4 arrow symbol on the right.

To adjust the sound volume: click on the 2nd symbol from the right.



Thanks are due to Nigel Hopkinson who took the video and the photographs for this page and to the Sunday School Staff and their helpers for the organisational time and effort in putting on the Nativity Play 2011