Children, Youth & Families
MABS is the organisation within St. Andrew’s Church that undertakes most of our children, youth and families ministry.
So, we need to be honest! The Covid pandemic has decimated the Youth Work here at St. Andrew’s. Due to the Government restrictions, we have had to suspend all our face-to-face children, youth and families ministry. 2021-22 will be a time for rebuilding – but it is going to be a long haul… Please bear with us as we rebuild – and know that children and young people are very important to us a St. Andrew’s. But it is going to take a long time to rebuild this part of our family life together.
Anyway, this page should give you a flavour of the type of things that are currently going on. More will develop over the next few months, we hope…
Youth Work after Covid
We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything. That is not least the case with our youth work here at St. Andrew’s. The reality is that so much of what we did before the pandemic has stopped – and we are not yet able to know what will be restarted again or what will need to grow in its place.
We are confident that the youth work at St. Andrew’s will grow again. But we are thinking and praying through what shape that is going to take…
Rebuilding the Team…
In normal, non-Covid times, we have a great team of volunteers across all the children, youth and family activities. However, at the current time we are trying to rebuild this aspect of our ministry and it will take some time to do so…
Children’s Ministry at church on a Sunday:
There is a Children’s Corner at the back of church which has soft toys and books to keep children occupied during the service if they want to go there.
N.B. Under Covid regulations, we are unable to opening this area at the current time.
Children @ Communion
All children are welcome to receive the bread and the wine at Holy Communion. We will, of course, be guided by parents and carers in this regard. Some are happy for their child to receive bread only. Others are happy for their child to receive the wine too. Others prefer their child to receive a blessing instead. Whatever you are comfortable with is fine by us!
From 10 October 2021, we will be launching our Family Service called TFG (Time for God).
This will happen in the church building on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month (during term time) at 4.00pm, and will last about 50mins.
The style of the service will be very much in the vein of Messy Church, which we had monthly at St. Andrew’s pre-Covid.
TFG is designed to be a relaxed and informal service for families, paticularly with toddlers and Primary School-aged kids. It is based around various creative arts activities, songs and other child-friendly activities.
There is lots of movement (the children do not sit down for the whole service, but work round the various ‘activity stations’ around the church), so hopefully no-one gets bored!
After the service is finished, there is some food for the children and adults to enjoy together.
Will be a brilliant introduction to church for anyone who is not used to a more formal style of service. Please do join us from 10 October onwards.
N.B. Please be responsible for your own child at TFG – particularly when it comes to the food afterwards. St. Andrew’s church cannot guarantee that the food will be suitable for your child, particularly if he/she has allergies. It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that the child only eats what is suitable for them.
Supporting those with Additional Needs:
There is always more to be done in this really important aspect of our ministry – but we are addressing the issues as best we can in a systematic way.
We have an Additional Needs Champion at church. It is their role to advocate for those who have Additional Needs, and to ask ‘the hard questions’ of the church leadership about what we are doing to become an increasingly inclusive church.
A group of volunteers at the church have created some Sensory Books for those with Additional Needs to use during the services. These have proven very popular indeed – and we are currently in the process of thinking about what further sensory resources we can create for those who would benefit from this.
In recent years, we have paid for teenagers to make a pilgrimage to Lourdes. They joined a Youth Pilgrimage Trip to that holy site at Easter, and had just the most amazing time! We hope to support others in the future too.
At St. Andrew’s, we have a range of activities to support families in the congregation and in the wider community. These include:
Parenting Courses and other Parental Support
We do try to offer as much parental support as possible. This includes:
- Parenting Courses
- One-to-one support for parents and carers
- Listening support for bereavement, debt, marital problems and other issues
Whatever the issues facing families in our community of Enfield, we want to do what we can to support and help. If the issue is of a more complex nature than we are able to help with, we will work with individuals and families to signpost them to qualified professionals or agencies that can help.
Roughly once a month, there is a Wine Club exclusively for parents of children with Additional Needs.
This is a really fun evening. There is cheese and snacks, and a theme each time for the wine. Marks are given for each wine that people bring – and the winner gets to choose the theme for the next month.
Wine Club is a supportive environment for these parents. They can talk about things at home – or just use the evening to let their hair down and relax. There is no ‘agenda’.
Other Children and Youth Activities at St. Andrew’s:
Leaders: Sarah Butt and Carole van der Watt
Girlguiding provides an oppportunity for girls aged 10-14 (Guides) and 14-18 (Rangers) to have fun, learn new skills and make a difference to their lives and their communities. With lots of input from the girls, we organise a full programme of activities in the Parish Centre as well as trips beyond Enfield. We also attend the monthly Parade Service on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Highlights from 2016 for the guides included a sleepover in Central London, rifle shooting and climbing, a trip Megajump, Christmas bake off competition, home made spa evening, and a film night. Ranger highlights from 2016 included a Hunger Games Challenge, a murder mystery evening, a range of craft and cooking (and eating) activities) and a trip to Megajump. Rangers also have the opportunity to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh award.
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts
All sections are for both Boys & Girls and run during term time.
|Beavers for ages 6-8 from 18:00-19:15 on Thursday.|
|Cubs for ages 8-10 and half from 18:30-20:00 on Wednesday|
|Scouts for ages 10 and half to 14 19:30-21:30 on Thursday.|
To find out more information please contact our Group Scout Leader, John Rognaldson. His e-mail address is gsl@4thEnfield.com