At St Paul’s, we believe that children and young people are full members of the body of Christ with us and we are to mutually encourage, disciple and challenge each other as we journey together.
Our vision is that we, as parents and children’s leaders, Listen to God, Enjoy Him and Do what He says and that we help children to do the same.
That means looking for opportunities to hear God, having a personal relationship with Him and trying to be obedient too. It is not about being perfect, getting everything right or knowing all the answers but recognising we are role models, seeking those things for ourselves and then being open and honest as we share our journey with the children – teaching them and learning from them.
We have the same vision and strapline for the children and the adults because as full members of the body of Christ, we believe that children should be as much a part of our vision and mission as any other member of the church. Contrary to the culture of His day, Jesus valued and listened to children and made them a central part of His ministry. In fact, He didn’t just promote them as being equal to adults but held them up as something for us to aspire to, telling us to become like little children because the kingdom of God belongs to them. At St Paul’s, we are not trying to help children ‘grow up’ into followers of Jesus so that that when they are adults they can receive from Him and do things for Him; we believe they have a full and active part to play in the kingdom of God, now, as children.
At St Paul’s we want everyone to be feel welcomed, loved and accepted when they come to Church. If you are bringing a child or young person with additional needs to Church, Children’s Minister, Tori is happy to chat through what provision can be put in place. This may involve meeting up with Karen, our inclusion coordinator, to help implement these strategies.