Children and Young People

Services

Children and young people are welcome at all our services. Our work specifically aimed at children and young people takes place during the 9.30 Family Communion.

Family Communion & Groups

Groups for children and young people run on most weeks, including the summer holidays, but there are some exceptions, including Harvest Festival, Mothering Sunday etc. and some other non-term times. (See also 3rd Sundays)

On most Sundays, we gather as a whole congregation before the young people process out for their Ministry of the Word. In the Cloister, we then have a short gathering and prayer, led by a Children’s Minister, before going into groups as follows:

  • Scramblers: Up to school year 2
  • Explorers: School year 3-5
  • Pathfinders: Year 6+

Age limits are not strictly enforced: some children are ready to move on quickly, while others prefer to stay with familiar friends and leaders a little longer. Sometimes we join two groups together for a session. Parents or other carers are welcome to remain with children if they wish, and to participate in the exploration of the Bible together. Our gathering prayer, which we also sign using BSL, goes: ‘We have come together today to worship God, to say ‘thank-you’ to him, and to meet with him. We meet with him in the Bible, his Word.’Our aim is to open up the Word in a way that is accessible to each group, often using games or craft as a way of furthering our understanding, as well as being fun (and sometimes challenging) to do. We join the adult congregation in time to share the Peace.

All groups operate within the Safeguarding Policy adopted by St. Botolph’s PCC, a copy of which is available on the notice board and via the ‘Information’ heading on this website.

9.30 Family Communion Service on 3rd Sundays

On the third Sunday of each month, we worship together as a whole family, the children and young people remaining for the entire service. We follow our seasonal service books, and our prayer is that all ages will be enabled by the Spirit to enter into the liturgy, to encounter God in his Word, in Sacrament and in blessing. Families are encouraged to sit near the front, where younger children can see what is happening, and there are quiet activities provided nearby. The sermon is accessible to the whole worshipping community, and often interactive. Those who would like to are invited to sit in the Chancel during the Eucharistic Prayer.

Children and Holy Communion

With their parents’ agreement, we warmly welcome children in St. Botolph’s to receive Holy Communion from the age of 7 following a short preparation course, which takes place in autumn each year. Children who have been prepared elsewhere will be welcome to receive: please speak to the Priest in Charge. If your child would like to participate, please contact Chris Walker for dates of upcoming courses.

Confirmation

It is always a joy to explore the Christian faith with young people. Those who will be aged 12 or more by the date of the confirmation service follow an exploration course of 8 sessions, usually in a group. Towards the end of the course, they are asked to make their own decision as to whether they are ready to make the promises and commitment involved in confirmation. Contact Chris walker for dates of upcoming courses. Tel: 01733 266394

Botolph’s Buggy Buddies (0-4yrs)

We are a very friendly, nicely busy group that meet in St. Botolph’s between 10.30 and 12.00 every Friday morning during term-time. There are toys, playdough and crafts available, together with squash, tea & coffee and with a nice spread of edible goodies. During the last half-hour we have a prayer, story and enjoy a singing session with pom-poms, parachute and more. Mums, dads and all sorts of carers are welcome – you needn’t be churchgoers to come along!

Our Buggy Buddies prayer: ‘Dear loving Lord Jesus, thank you for friends and family and fun. Thank you for helping me to do my best. Thank you for loving me always, even when I make mistakes, and have to say ‘sorry’! Amen.’

St. Botolph’s has informal links with and holds occasional/seasonal services for the following:

Longthorpe Mums and Tots

Contact: Rachel Francis Tele: 07789 544566

Pre-school

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Uniformed organisations (Scouts, Cubs etc.)

Contact: John Tidy Tel: 01733 266290