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.

To see what our Sunday School gets up to please visit our Youth Ministry Blog here. 

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

ChildrenatCCSLLent Term: 29 Jan (Blessings of the Backpacks)  to 9 April
Trinity Term: 30 April to 2 July
Michaelmas Term: 23 July to 24 September
Advent Term: 15 October to 17 December

For information about Sunday School please contact our Youth Ministry Leader at m.seed@ccsl.org.au or the parish office at office@ccsl.org.au 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.

Child facilities

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.