Saint Andrew's has a wide range of ages, and seeks to take seriously the adage that children are not the church of tomorrow, but the church of today! We greatly value the contribution that the children, young people and families make to the life of our church.
On Sunday mornings at 10:00am, the children and young people enjoy their own worship time in their various groups (Pebbles, Stones, Rocks and Boulders), before joining the main body of the congregation in time to share in the Eucharist.
There is a supervised crêche for children under 3 years of age (the Pebbles) in the Hall, as well as age-appropriate activity bags, books, and toys available in the church for carers whose children would rather stay in church for the whole service but would also appreciate an activity to do while they're there. There is also a Children’s Worship corner in the back of the sanctuary with various materials the children are welcome to use to engage in worship during the service or at any point when the church is open during the week. Godly Play is usually offered for children 3 years through the end of primary school during the Sunday 10:00am service. The Rocks (3 years - P2) meet in the Rectory. The Stones (P3-P6) meet upstairs in the church. During Godly Play the children are invited to discover who God is through multi-sensory storytelling, open-ended wondering, and creative hands-on response time. Children are invited to engage their imagination as they experience their faith through sacred stories, parables, and liturgical actions while gaining Christian language and enhancing their spiritual experience through wonder and play. More information can be found at http://www.godlyplayscotland.co.uk. The Boulders, our youth group for secondary school students, meet on a Sunday morning during the first part of the 10:00am service. They follow a rotation of sitting together in the worship service (1st Sunday), Bible study and discussion in the Rector’s office (2nd and 3rd Sundays) and hot chocolate and conversations at Zest (4th Sundays). There is a Boulders Youth Group event the last Friday evening of each month during term time from 7:00-8:30pm at one of the youth leader’s homes. It’s a relaxed time of games, snacks and fellowship. The Young Church also participate in various events throughout the year such as hosting the annual Pancake Party for Shrove Tuesday, the Christmas Nativity presentation, planting and harvesting the church garden, and the Tay Bridge Walk for Christian Aid.
Young Church rehearsing for the Christmas Presentation, December 2013
Family activities and resources for other liturgical seasons