Every Sunday Andrew Beebee looks forward to welcoming approximately 150 children through the doors of St James’ Church. As the Children’s Minister, he heads up a team of leaders and helpers running “PromiseLand”, the church’s Sunday group for under 11s.
Andrew, 30, is used to working with children. He worked in a church for two years after a Theology degree, then qualified as a teacher and taught in a primary school before his appointment to the role at St James six months ago. “I loved teaching,” he says, “and especially having the opportunity to build relationships in the school context. It’s been exciting to take the next step and combine my background in church work with teaching in my role at St James.”
So, what’s an average Sunday morning like at PromiseLand? Andrew explains:
“Sunday mornings are busy and full of energy! It’s great to have so many children coming, although we’d love to have even more – it’s open to all. During the church services we run PromiseLand Juniors (0 – 5 years) and PromiseLand (Reception age to 11 years). There’s a real buzz as the children arrive and after they’ve registered, they enjoy a room full of games and activities. Our session starts with time together, music and a chance to learn in a creative and fun way from Bible stories, sometimes with drama, a quiz or a cartoon/film.
The children have a chance to talk and think about what they’ve learned in small groups (based on school years) with their leader, and also to pray. Often we do an activity, related to the story, which helps the children remember what they’ve learned. Recently we planted seeds, for example, to represent how our faith can grow.”
A highlight of this term is the children’s Easter Holiday Club which is taking place from 15 to 17 April from 10:00am to 12:15pm with a special Easter club family service on Good Friday at 10:00am.
“We’re really very excited about the holiday club,” says Andrew “it’s called ‘Megamakers’ and set in an inventor’s workshop. We’ll be learning about stories from the book of Matthew in the Bible with crafts, activities, games, singing and a whole range of other fun things. We’d love to invite any children of school age, so parents, please consider signing your child up to come. It’s going to be a great time and it’s a fantastic way to get ready for Easter.”
For more information about the holiday club and/or to register your child go to: www.st-james.org.uk . Registration closes on 31 March. If you’d like to find out more about the children’s ministry, please contact Andrew at [email protected]
Sundays (9.15am and 11am) – PromiseLand Juniors (0-5 years ) and PromiseLand (Reception – 11 years) We welcome children with additional needs.
Mondays (10am – 11:30am) and Tuesdays (9:30am – 11:00am) – Little Fishes play group for parents and carers of pre-school age children.
Wednesdays (1.30 – 3.30) – Bumps and Babes for mums-to-be and new mums with babies under one year.
Fridays (10am – 11:30am) – Challenge Group play group for parents or carers who have children with additional needs.