Sunday School

Holy Cross Christingle Service 2016

Our Sunday School meets in the church hall during school term-time. Children aged 4 to 12 (primary school age) attend sessions twice a month during the first part of the 10.30 am service, joining their families in time for Holy Communion. We are always very happy to welcome new children, including those who are just visiting.

Activities

The children take part in a range of engaging, informative and varied Bible based activities. As a small group, we get to know each other very well, and the leaders can adapt the lessons to suit the age, stage and interests of the children. We help them to become more familiar with the Bible and the teachings of Jesus, encouraging them to read aloud to each other and share their knowledge, thoughts and experiences.

Indoors there’s lots of space to create and decorate artwork for display or to take home, to solve puzzles, act out stories, write poetry and prayers, and to bake biscuits and cakes for fundraising (or to eat!). When the weather is fine we have wonderful gardens and grounds where we can explore nature, plant seeds and bulbs, grow our own herbs and vegetables, and play games.

Themes and projects
Every few weeks we choose a new theme for our lessons. We have learnt about the miracles of Jesus, and heard about some famous characters in the Old Testament. We have ’visited homes in Luke Street’ in an entertaining look at this book of the New Testament; we also studied the lives of some of the Saints and the Parables of Jesus.

We also enjoy projects about our church, and our lives within the wider world. When one of our congregation spent time working in India supporting children with special needs, the Sunday School was involved at all stages, keeping up-to-date via a blog. A project on ‘water’ involved the children finding out about water conservation and raising funds to help Water Aid.

Involvement in church
Once a term the children write prayers for the Intercessions and read them during the Sunday service. On special Sundays the children have particular roles to play, such as making and handing out flower posies on Mothering Sunday, writing cards to accompany gifts for the housebound at Harvest, and decorating the wreath, lighting candles and reading prayers for Advent. They also have starring roles in the Christingle service on Christmas Eve afternoon.

Leaders
A group of volunteers, working on a rota system, lead the Sunday School sessions. All volunteers are vetted as required by government legislation.

Would you like to find out about getting involved as a leader? Or do you have an idea that you think the children would enjoy? We would love to hear from you. Just speak to one of us after the service, or email info@holycrossedinburgh.org

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