Our Young Church Godly Play circle is meeting in the Hall during the 11:30am service.
Families are welcome to come from 11:20 to get settled in, and we will begin at 11:30.
Please enter the church through the back door by the church office. A parent/carer will need to stay with each household for the time being. Children of all ages are welcome, and feel free to bring a quiet toy for the under 3’s as we cannot have any shared toys in the space. We will enter the sanctuary during the last part of the service to receive Communion. Masks are required for adults.
Godly Play materials
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 10am 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 10am service. The Rocks (ages 3-6 years) meet in the Rectory beginning at 9:55am. The Stones (ages 6-12 years) meet in the Mary Abbott Room located upstairs in the main church building. 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 10am 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 4th Sundays) and hot chocolate and conversations at Zest (3rd 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