For the 0-3's there is a play area in church during the 10.30am service and play-bags are also available for those sitting in pews. Toilet and nappy-changing facilities are available in the North entrance to the church and in the Church Centre.
Junior Church for 3 - 7 year old's meets in church at 10.30am. During the first hymn we gather behind our banner and process to the Church Centre, where we have Christian teaching, Bible stories, games, songs and craft. We return to the main service in time for Communion.
Quest Older children (from roughly age 7 (school year 3) and upwards) stay in Church until the end of the Gospel and then make their way to the Church Centre Lounge upstairs to explore the readings or theme of the day through activities and discussion, also returning to the main service in time for communion. This group is called Quest, as this is the name for the younger choristers, many of whom fall into this age bracket.
During term time we meet in different age groups, and during the school holidays we gather as one group for a holiday project.
We see Junior Church and Quest as the Ministry of the Word for children. We follow the Church year, and the lectionary readings from the Bible, although we also enjoy spending time working on special projects, and at certain times of the year Junior Church and Quest take a more active role in the service.
St Helen's Baby and Toddler Group
The Baby and Toddler Group meet in the Church Centre on Monday mornings in term time. There are two sessions; 9.30 -10.45 and 11.00 - 12.15. In each session we have toys for the children and coffee for the adults and we finish with twenty minutes of music and singing. The cost is £1.00 per session, but we aim to give half our income to charity and have donated over £2000 in the last few years. We may have a waiting list but please come and join a session, and decide if you would like to join or wait for a space. We meet in term time only.
We often hold weekend events which are free and open to everyone. Recently we have been holding Storytelling and craft sessions for primary and pre-school children at various points in the church calendar. The Baby and Toddler group also host their Christmas Nativity with everybody joining in, including the donkey.
Term dates, more details and photos at www.facebook.com/StHelensToddlers
For children from about 8 years old there is the opportunity to sing in the choir. Junior choristers practice on Friday evenings.
If you are interested please contact the Director of Music on 07889 131372.
Q U E S T
the club for the junior members of the Choir of St Helen’s Church, Abingdon
Who may join?
Any young person aged 8 and above with an interest in singing
What does Quest offer?
- Membership of the team providing the musical leadership for Church worship
- Vocal and musical training to maintain the high standards expected
- Occasional social events and outings
- Opportunity to participate in special musical events
- Occasional choir tours to Abingdon twin towns in Europe
When does Quest meet ?
18.00 Practice to prepare for Sunday services
18.30 Break for refreshments
18.45 Full choir practice – finish 19.15
10.00 Warm-up for 10.30 service (end 11.30 approx)
What is expected of members?
- Regular attendance at Quest practices and services
In return for
- pocket-money payments based on attendance, quality of work and experience
- choir vestments (supplied foc)
- enrolment ceremony at a church service after probationary period
- training for the RSCM chorister training scheme
What does Quest membership cost?
Nothing, although contributions towards refreshments and other expenses are invited from time to time; parents may be asked to join a rota for supervision and refreshments.
Young Bell ringers
Young people from about 11 years are welcome to join us at the Learners' practices, on Fridays, after school and early evening in St Helen's tower. St Helen's has a newly hung set of bells that can be rung silently so as not to disturb the neighbourhood! Please see the Abingdon Society of Bellringers website for further details.
St Helen's hosts a brownie pack, and the 10th Abingdon Beavers and Cubs on weekday evenings in term time.
The aim of our ministry is to establish and nurture each person as a member of God’s Family:
By providing a safe environment where children and young people are welcomed, valued, listened to, and respected.
By developing safe, wise, and quality work with children and young people.
By developing worship in which children and young people can feel comfortable and take part.
By being committed to the welfare and safety of all children and young people.
By working with families to provide a framework through which children and young people can progress from birth to maturity.
By supporting and resourcing those who work with children and young people in our church and on our behalf.