The St John's Sunday School offers a safe and fun environment for our younger members to learn about our faith. They get involved in a number of activities each week, which typically include arts/crafts and story telling, which are usually related to topical events in the church year.
What happens on Sunday morning
Our Young Church (Sunday School) meets in church at 10:00; we start working on the crafts and stories for the day. At 10:25 all our young people, teachers and adults who are helping out, join the adults in church for the start of the Eucharist at 10:30. Everyone has the opportunity to go back out and finish off their crafts during the readings and sermon and then come back into church to join their families or sit together with their friends for Holy Communion.
Everyone is welcome to our Young Church – we look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday School art
The images below show typical examples that result from these activities.
A recent Nativity Play explored the story of Austrian organist Franz Gruber, who in 1818 composed the familiar carol tune for "Silent Night, Holy Night" - it is said that he composed it for guitar, after church mice had nibbled the organ to such an extent that it fell silent just before Midnight Mass.
This banner by the Young Church shows the Christmas night sky, adorned with stars and angels - and all around, naughty mice get ready to nibble!
For Candlemas, our children each made a clay candlestick holder to varying designs...those pictured include a mushroom, crucifix, and star.
Lent and Easter
During Lent our children have been working on Lent and Easter scenes - this one shows the three crosses and before them Christ's tomb, with the stone rolled aside.
Every year our Young Church prepare an Easter Garden with pansies and cress, depicting the scene of Christ's burial and resurrection. The picture above shows the garden in progress, with the stone path leading to Christ's tomb - the cress (grass!) awaits planting.