Children and Youth

Children and young people are valued members of the church family here at St George’s. We welcome all ages, and endeavour to involve children and  young people in all aspects of church life.  We have a children's version of our service sheet to help children follow and understand the service and young people act as readers and sing in the choir. After a short course, and if this seems right for the family, we can admit children who are over the age of 5 and who have been baptized to communion.

Although our church building is old we have tried to make it accessible to children and families.  We have baby changing facilities and a potty and step in the toilet  and a children's corner in the back left hand corner of the church with toys, books and colouring sheets mainly for pre-school children. Parents are welcome to use this corner for their children during  services. 

All those who work with our children and young people have been CRB cleared and the church has a Child Protection policy.

 

Family Celebration

On the first Sunday of the month at 9.30am our whole church family comes together for an all-age communion service.  This service is more informal in style, our music group plays and much of the service is interactive. Children and young people take an active part in the service from reading, and bringing up the bread and wine, to leading the action songs and shaking their shakers!

 

Junior Church

Junior church is available for primary school age children during Parish Eucharist services.  The children learn from the Bible, take part in drama, craft, games, singing and quizzes, and generally explore what it means to be a Christian at a level appropriate to their age. Just before the end of the service the children are invited to go to the front of church and share what they did in Junior Church. This might involve sharing a song or rap, a short sketch or drama, a piece of artwork or something they have written.

 

Little Church

Little Church is a midweek service for children aged 0-5 and their parents, grandparents and carers.  The service includes singing, prayer, Bible stories and craft and is followed by a social time with snacks. The service takes place once a month at 9.30am in the church, on the Thursday following the Family Celebration Service (which is on the first Sunday of the month).

 

 

Kidz events

Several times during the church year we hold seasonal children’s activity afternoons with a range of themed crafts and games. These are very popular events when we welcome a large number of children and their parents from the local community.  Please see the calendar for dates of forthcoming Kidz workshops.

 

 

Music

Children and young people from the age of 7 years are welcome to join the choir, which takes an active part in Sunday morning services, as well as singing for special services and weddings.

Our music group welcomes young musicians in secondary school to play with them at Family Celebration services on the first Sunday of the month.  They meet before the service to practise and there are a variety of different instruments.

 

Schools

The church has close links with Cam Hopton Church of England Primary School, and St George's PCC appoints Foundation Governors there. We enjoy welcoming the pupils and staff of the school into church to celebrate the beginning and end of each school year, and for services to mark the major Christian festivals. Cam Everlands Primary is also within the parish and attends events in church such as ‘Experience Christmas’. program

Peak Academy and Rednock secondary school are nearby. Children from Cam also attend other local schools including the Shrubberies Special School, Katherine Lady Berkeley's, Vale of Berkeley, Marling, Stroud High, Wycliffe, Dursley C of E Primary, Cam Woodfield Infants and Juniors, North Nibley, Slimbridge, Coaley, Uley and Nympsfield primaries.

 

Open the Book

'Open the Book' is a series of 90 Bible stories used in weekly collective worship over three school years, each lasting about ten minutes. The stories are taken from 'The Lion Storyteller Bible' by Bob Hartman and two storybooks produced locally especially for the project.

Once a week during term time, a team from St. George's takes 'Open the Book' into Cam Hopton School . Using our bag of costumes and props we dress up as the characters in the story and act it out. Normally several children will be asked to help us, and they enjoy dressing up and taking part in acting or helping with sound effects. It is a great joy and privilege to bring well-known stories from the Bible to over 200 children each week.