Children are at the heart of St. Philip’s.
We believe children are not only the church of the future, but a key part of the church now. Children often show us what it means to trust in God and remind us of the wonder that can lie at the heart of faith.
Once a month – normally on the third Sunday – children play a major role in our main Sunday service, leading our prayers and reading lessons.
On most other Sundays, children are invited to spend at least half the service upstairs, listening to stories and exploring their meaning in creative ways, including craft and drama. To find out more about our children’s work, contact our Children’s Ministry Leader, Veronica Ansah, on email@example.com
We hold baptisms for adults and children at our main 10.30 am service several times a year. Contact the church office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
We play a major role in the life of our church school, St Barnabas and St Philip’s CofE Primary School. Clergy take assemblies and several members of the church are school governors. Many more are parents of pupils at the school. St Philip’s hosts services for the school around once a term. Regular members of St Philip’s are well placed when it comes to applying for a place at the school.
To qualify as a regular attender, a child must have been attending at least twice a month for a year by the time admissions forms are submitted (in January for admission to Reception Class in September later that year). At least one parent needs also to have been attending regularly and to be on the church’s electoral roll. For more details, read the school’s admissions policy, which you can find our their website.
Safeguarding at St Philip’s
The safety and wellbeing of children at St Philip’s are very important to us. We are currently reviewing our safeguarding procedures to reflect changes in the way the wider church handles these issues. Under the new arrangements, St Philip’s will have a ‘Children’s Champion’, who is someone who children know that they can talk to about any problem, if they so wish.
The church will also have a ‘Safeguarding Officer’ who will play a key role in the safeguarding of children, young people and any adults at risk at St Philip’s.