Children’s Ministry provides a crèche for infants and toddlers during High Mass and a Sunday school for older children.
Crèche is offered each week during High Mass, and the crèche room is located on the ground floor of the church building, just off of the church hall. Our volunteers work to provide a safe and fun place for the youngest members of the congregation to play and grow in faith.
The Sunday school has a weekly programme located in the Alcove of the church Hall during High Mass. The programme uses Godly Play, a story telling method which allows children to interact with Bible stories, the church liturgy, the saints and more. We also use other interactive methods to involve children in prayer, music, art, and games.
Children generally move on from crèche to Sunday school when they are four, and from about the age of eleven or twelve they begin to spend more time in the main service. School age children are also involved in the service, as servers and choristers.
We also hold a Crib Service on Christmas Eve, and children’s preparation for Easter on Holy Saturday.
During July and August, we provide childcare for children under 11 while the Sunday school takes its summer break. We cannot always offer separate provision for children during the Christmas holidays.
Child Protection Policy
Old Saint Paul’s has adopted the following policy statement for Child Protection:
“The Scottish Episcopal Church recognizes the special status of children and young people. Because of their vulnerability, children and young people will be awarded special protection. They are to be respected as a person in their own right, created and loved by God. We, therefore, commit ourselves to take all steps within our power to keep children and young people safe from physical, sexual and emotional harm.”
Old Saint Paul’s follows the guidelines of the Scottish Episcopal Church on safeguarding the welfare of young people and children and its procedures for good practice.
If a child or young person were to disclose to a volunteer that they have been subjected to any form of abuse, the volunteer will follow SEC guidelines to handle the situation appropriately and refer the situation on to the Children and Vulnerable Adults Protection Coordinator, Norma Walker.