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St Johns Southgate

18 Feb 2013

Should children be left to make their own decisions about religion and spiritual values when they become adults?   

Of course, as children grow into adult-hood they will make their own choices on a whole range of values and interests.  Yet, we know that the early years are likely to be a compass that sets the direction for a child’s later life.  

Generally, children learn from their parents the things their family considers to be important; parents talk about the things important to them and choose to do them.   Families also introduce to children a range of interests and activities so that children can see what’s available, compare options and make informed choices later in life.

St Johns Church Southgate offers a children’s ministry to provide practical support to children and families in developing children’s understanding of religion and its role in everyday living.  

Especially aimed at children aged 3-11 years, St Johns Children’s Ministry program seeks to develop an appreciation of what it means to be in God’s family – to practice, in the company of other children, regular worship and prayer; to celebrate Christian festivals such as Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter; and to learn about the life of Jesus.  

Experienced educators conduct the children’s ministry at St Johns, designing learning experiences that are child-friendly and enjoyable, involving the children in craft, games, puzzles, singing and story-time. The activities are well-planned and follow a structured program.  

Typically called “Sunday School”, sessions for children are held on Sundays during school terms at 10.30am. Sessions for the 3 to 4-year-olds and accompanying parents or carers are around half-an-hour in length.  Sessions for 5 to 11-year-olds are a little longer, around 45 minutes, and parents or carers are always welcome to observe or join in with the activities.

If you would like your child or grandchild to be introduced to Christian values and traditions, and given the opportunity to make an informed choice about religion, St Johns is happy to support you.

For a program outline and sample activity sheet, email stjohnssouthgate@internode.on.net website:  www.stjohnssouthgate.com.au

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