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Children at church


Have you got children that you would like to bring to church? Then they are very welcome at All Saints!
 

If you are a visitor or guest to our Church there are activity bags designed for each age group in the Children’s corner, which you are most welcome to use for the service. Some visiting children prefer to sit with their parents throughout the service, with or without an activity bag, and some join us in the children's corner- please do whatever is your preference. We also have toddler toys in the children’s corner, so if you have a little one under 3 or you are nursing, please feel free to make use of this area if helpful. It’s set at the back of Church but you will still feel part of the service as your little one plays.

For children of our regular families, our vision for them is ever-increasing age-appropriate participation in worship. There is something wonderful about seeing entire family units of all shapes and sizes worshiping the Lord together! We believe people of all ages should come to Christ, regardless of the noises or distractions they might bring, as Jesus said, ‘let the little children come to me’. Therefore, we do not offer a Sunday School during worship but children stay in with us for the entire service.

We are well aware that younger children can easily be distracted and need help to know how to participate in Church and what it is all about. To this end, for all children over 3 of our regular families, we encourage them to begin the ‘Priest, Prophet, King Challenge’. Each child is given a rucksack with their name emblazoned on, a folder and a ‘First Catechism: teaching children Bible truths’. Children are able to collect badges, by completing ‘Church Challenges’. Below are some examples of badges the children can collect:

Cantor - Stand with your parents or guardian and sing a hymn with them for three different services. 

Pax -Join in with the Peace for three different services. You need to say ‘and also with you’ and either shake someone else’s hand or give them a wave.

Memoro I- Memorise John 3:16 and tell your Sunday School leader it.

Deacon- Serve the biscuits out to the adults at Church and help put the Hymn books away for three different services. 

Sanctus- Stand up and sing the Sanctus (‘Holy, Holy, Holy Lord...’) in three different services. 

Participare- If you are already baptised, come to a communion class and start to receive communion.

Catechism Junior- Memorise the answers to the first ten questions of the ‘First Catechism’ book and tell your Sunday School leader them, in response to each question.

Tanakh- Memorise the names of the 39 books of Old Testament and recite them, in order, to your Sunday School leader.

Intercedo- Write your own prayers for Church and say them out loud during the service or show them to your Sunday school leader.
 


By completing their badges, children are given the opportunity to explore what each part of the liturgy or Christian faith means. We would expect parents/ guardians/ or our children’s team to have a conversation with each child as they complete each badge (e.g.about why we sing the Gloria and take communion each week etc). We want our children not simply to take part in Church but also to understand why they are doing what they are doing!

Our worship at All Saints is liturgical. This is a huge advantage when encouraging children to participate. There are set prayers they can memorize and join in with (e.g. the Lord’s prayer), moments when we sit, kneel, stand and sing. We believe children thrive seeing their parents and guardians worshipping the Lord, just as we can be encouraged when our children join in!  

 
How many challenges do I need to complete to receive my Priest, King, Prophet insignia shields? 
PRIEST      
Order of Levi 1
Order of Aaron 4
Order of Melchizedek 8
KING
Wisdom of Josiah  12
Wisdom of David 16
Wisdom of Solomon 20
PROPHET
Power of Moses 25
Power of Elijah  30
Power of John the Baptist 35
 



After a certain number of ‘Church Challenges’ children progress from being a Priest, to a King to a Prophet. We expect it will take many years before a child can become a ‘prophet in the power of John the Baptist’! At each stage, children will be awarded their hard-earned ‘insignia shields’ in front of the rest of the Church. This system has been designed to be both enjoyable, informative and helpful in preparing children for their adult life as Christians. 

During the sermon, for our younger children we supply crafts based around one of the readings and for our older children, worksheets. This is done by one of our children’s team, who are available in the Children’s Corner throughout the service. Children who finish their crafts before the sermon has ended, are welcome to complete Bible verse jigsaws in the children’s corner. We want our children to start to format the habit of concentrating and learning about the Bible during the sermon. We seek to do this in an age-appropriate manner for each individual child, with awareness that children develop at different paces and have various abilities. The children after the sermon are invited to go back and sit with their families for communion.

After the service, we encourage children of our regular families to take one book from the children’s corner to read during the week. We have a huge variety of Bible stories for different ages. Often the week after our children’s team will ask each child what they liked most about the story. Again, we want to encourage the habit of reading and reflecting on scripture in the children of our regular families.

Finally, we believe Church should be a joyful experience for our children as well. After the service, our children tend to grab a biscuit and then play with each other; ‘Hide and Seek’ is a favourite! This year we also ran a ‘Christmas party’, where the children from All Saints played games for a couple of hours in Church House with their friends, ate party food and watched cartoons. Over Easter, we ran an Easter Garden Event, where the children made ‘Jesus’ tomb’ in the Church garden together and heard the story of Jesus' death and resurrection.

If you'd like to read more here is a useful article Toddlers in Church

As you can see from the above, we have a rich and full program for our children at All Saints.
We do hope you can join us on this journey!      

If you have any questions about the above or you would like to know more about bringing your children along on a Sunday then please email us at children@allsaintsheadington.org.uk

We look forward to meeting you! 

The children's team

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Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome

We are a Church of England parish church in the central area of Headington, Oxford.

What will happen?

Our worship is traditional, joyful and friendly. The service lasts for about an hour.

You can read more about our beliefs and worship here. You are welcome to join in as much as you like - or just listen quietly if you prefer.

We celebrate communion every week. All who profess belief in the Lord Jesus Christ and who have been baptised are warmly invited to participate with us in the Lord’s Supper.

Where and When?

We meet at All Saints church building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:00am. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our sidespersons who will give you a service booklet, a bulletin and a hymn book. There is no need to book.

What should I wear? 

You will find people in t-shirts and jeans and others in suits and dresses. Come in whatever you find most comfortable.

Is the church accessible?

There is wheelchair access via ramp at the south door. We have a sound loop for anyone who needs it - please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. 

Do you have toilets?

Yes! There is one toilet, fully accessible and with baby change facilities, downstairs.

What about children?

We welcome children at all our services and we encourage them to participate in our worship. Of course, we understand that babies and young children sometimes need a break - so we have a children's corner at the back where parents can take children when necessary.  There are also often activities put on for children during the sermon. You can read more here
But please don’t worry if your little ones make some noise. No-one in the congregation will mind. Quite the opposite!        

Do you serve tea & coffee?

You are really welcome to stay for tea, coffee and biscuits after the 10am service. 

Get in touch with us
If you would like to discuss your visit - or come and see the church beforehand - you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
  
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.