Children & youth
Children are most welcome in our services so do not feel anxious if they make a bit of noise. We aim to provide a special activity for them during the sermon and intercessions. We normally have a Sunday School on the second Sunday of the month and have all age services at Christmas, Mothering Sunday, Easter, and at our Harvest Festival on the first Sunday in October.
The Sunday School meets in the School or Church Room on the second Sunday of the month during the 10.30 service. It is aimed at children of Primary School age, many of whom attend church with their grandparents. There are currently twelve children on the Sunday School register. Currently, there is no crèche for younger children, though this ran at least until 2000. There is one volunteer qualified teacher who has the right disclosure permissions and any other volunteers would now need to obtain the necessary disclosure. The plan is for all members of Vestry to obtain the necessary disclosures by the end of 2018. The teacher encourages the children to present their work to the congregation at the end of the relevant church service. This is happily enjoyed by young and old.
The Sunday School syllabus is based on the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Calendar and Lectionary. Each session involves prayer, stories, crafts and activities and sometimes some music. Now that the church has internet facilities we anticipate that the range of resources can be extended to include more music, videos and the like.
The number of children fluctuates between three and five. They attend faithfully and seem to enjoy their time in Sunday School. In common with other local churches, there is a shortage of families with young children in our congregation and any future plans may well want to address this issue.
There is currently no teaching for teenagers and young people in the Church but volunteers from the congregation network with local schools whenever there are relevant church events. We have good links with the Berwickshire Christian Youth Trust (BCYT) as well as local churches. BCYT has recently organised Youth Café, an ecumenical gathering on Friday evenings every three months or so for young people in S1 to S6 in the newly developed Community Centre in Chirnside. The Sunday School teacher from Christ Church, Duns attended the first meeting. In addition, she helped with the Summer Club in the Parish Church, Duns. The Church helped to fund books for P7.