It is often said that younger people and the children are the future of the church, but they are also very much an essential part of its life today. In our parish, there is considerable social interaction between families, in church and beyond, and we value the gift of life and vitality that they bring to our church family.
Junior Church operates during term time only, and is run by a volunteer team of gifted and enthusiastic leaders, including some teachers from St Katharine’s School, and they offer a wide range of activities during sessions. On the first Sunday of the month there is a Family Eucharist at St Nicholas’ with participation by young people and a music group on occasion.
Junior Church from September 2016, at both churches, will be split into three groups. Parents of 0 to 3 year olds will be welcome to use a ‘self staffed’ crèche, with a range of activities for parents to do with their children. 4 to 6’s and 7+ are age groups led by our volunteers, who will help the children engage with the bible reading (the Gospel), that the adults will be learning about in the main service. Parents of the 4 to 6’s and 7+’s are free to return to the main church after the children have gone to Junior Church, and to join in the worship with the other members of the church family.
Each academic year starts with ‘Breakfast on the Beach’, organised by parents, with a short act of worship, sandcastle building and games. This is a great event, and an opportunity for the children and parents to have fun together, and to give thanks for the wonderful blessings we have in our lovely coastline.
49th Bournemouth Air Scouts, Cubs and Beavers meet weekly at St Nicholas’. Parade services take place 6 times a year.
The Rainbows and 10th Bournemouth Brownies are also flourishing groups, meeting weekly at St Katharine’s Church and also attending parade services.
A Pre-School is offered at St Nicholas for children aged 2 to 5 – click HERE for details.