‘Our Saviour’ is home to a large and diverse family; young and old, and in between. Some of us have grown up at Our Saviour, while many others have joined us from other towns, states and even countries. Family is important to us and we have many adopted grand-parents, aunts and uncles, even brothers and sisters who can provide support and encouragement when your real family is far away.

We value the range of ages represented within our Church family and as a family, we grow most strongly and deeply when all the generations are represented. The young ones learn from the life experience of the old; the old are encouraged by the boundless energy of the young.

You’re welcome at Our Saviour and so are your little ones. We love to have noisy, wriggly children wandering around our church. Please don’t be embarrassed or avoid bringing your children. Jesus wants them here.

Here’s some tips for Kid’s in Church!

For those with babies and toddlers
Relax! Your child is very welcome—a treasured part of our congregation,
and their noise and action are a natural part of their presence among us.
Make worship a special time for you and your child. It’s a chance for cuddles and lap-time, for feeling the warmth of being together and in God’s house.
Show your child the special features around them – the candles, the chapel furniture, the Cross, etc. As they grow, help them to feel involved in prayer time & singing. Bring them to the front for the children’s talks (designed just for them) and for communion where they will receive a special blessing.
We understand that your child needs to learn about worship time, and that this can often be a struggle. Be gentle on yourself and your child! If you need to withdraw, use the Prayer Chapel at the back of the Chapel, where you should be able to hear the service while your child recovers; there is also a toilet and baby change area. As soon as you are able, return to the church and try again. Many of us have been through the same process!
If you miss part of the Sermon please feel free to take a printed copy or download a podcast from our website.
Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance when you need it. We would love to be a part of your family worship time.

For those with young children

Relax! God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to restrain them in God’s house.
Children learn the joy of worship from you. Sing the hymns, pray, voice the responses. Allow your love for worship and the members of this church family to shine through.
Use a gentle touch: an arm around your child’s shoulder, your hand in theirs to give reassurance and appropriate attention.
Explain quietly the parts of the service. It’s OK if young children stand on the seat to see to the front — especially for Sacred dance.
Even though the words are on the screen, beginning readers find it easier to read from a book, with your finger following the words for them. Look for a worship booklet on the entry table. See our ushers to ensure we put a booklet aside for you each week.
Use the children’s activity folders (collect at entry table) – word puzzles, mazes and colouring-in options.
Some parents find that sitting towards the front of the church allows their child to see more and feel more involved. You are welcome to try this. Please bring your child up to the altar for children’s talks, they are fun and aimed just for them.
If you miss part of the Sermon please feel free to take a printed copy or download a podcast from our website.
Always remember that the way we welcome children in the church directly affects the way they respond to church, God and Christ. Let them know they are at home with their church family in this service.

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