Children, Young People & Families
Community Outreach with a Family & Youth Leader
We are delighted that we have been able to appoint a Family & Youth Leader at St. George’s. The position has been made possible by very generous grants of £45,000 over a 3 year period from the Joseph Rank Trust, £10,000 from The Barbour Foundation, £2,000 from the Joicey Trust and contributions from the congregation. This new position will make a real difference to our work with the children, young people and families in our local community.
Emily Gibson joined us at the end of 2020 and in her own words:
I am so pleased to be joining you at St Georges as your family and youth leader. Many of you may be wondering who this twenty-something who has arrived at church is, so a little bit about me. My name is Emily and I’m a Schools, Youth and Community worker (with practical theology). I’m also a trainee Reader. I started my career in youth work in London, a big change from the sleepy town of Alnwick which was my home, working for Youth for Christ. Then I moved to CROPS Peterborough and finally to the Mustard Tree Trust in Morpeth where I still do some sessional youth work. During my time in Morpeth I have been training as a Reader and my final third year placement (very scary that it’s arrived so soon) will be with you at St Georges.
Our parish has changed over the last twenty or so years to become a community where over 60% of us are under 30 – students and young people as well as families with children. In the light of these changes, St. George’s has recently renewed its Vision, to stimulate real growth in number, in spirituality and in service to our community. Our 4 priorities are:
- Open & welcoming church community
- Inclusive & traditional worship
- Questioning, nurturing faith
- Relevant & engaged in the wider world
Studies undertaken by the Church of England have identified that real growth is found where there is a high ratio of young people to adults. St. George’s has a wonderful opportunity for community outreach with so many younger people in our locality. We also recognise that mental health challenges, isolation, loneliness and deprivation are all present for families and students here. So, as part of St. George’s outreach program, our Family & Youth Leader, together with our church volunteers, will create a comprehensive program of activities that engage students, young people and families in our locality. We want each person to feel included, welcomed, valued and supported.
Activities for children and young people
St. George’s is a great place for families and children and offers a warm and inclusive welcome to young adults to find community, discuss life and explore the Christian faith.
Little Saints: Babies and toddlers
We are planning to resume Little Saints on Monday 4th April. Every Monday from 2 – 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays) there is a chance for parents/carers to come with their babies and toddlers to St George’s Church Hall to meet and chat together over tea/coffee. There is no charge for this.
There is an area for very young children and their parents or carers to play for all or part of our services.
Sunday School for children aged 3-8 takes place in the Hall during Parish Communion (9:30 am) and children are brought back to their parents before Communion and for the conclusion of the service.
Smarties range from 8 (Year 4) to 12 (Year 7) and leave Parish Communion after the Gospel for activities in the Vestry. They return for the Peace and remainder of the service.
There are many ways in which children can become involved in Sunday Services, from our proud heritage of bell ringing, to joining the excellent choir or the team of servers. Please click here for more information.
Beavers & New Cubs
A Beavers group, for boys and girls aged 6-8 meets on Mondays between 5.30pm and 6.30pm in the Church Hall.
New Cubs, for children aged 8-12 meets on Wednesdays between 5.30pm-7.00pm in the Church Hall.
Students and young people
Students and young people are an important part of St George’s community.
There are a number of services that can appeal to people with a busy social life: particularly our Taize and Choral Evensong services at 6pm on a Sunday (the 2nd and 3rd of the month respectively) and the 11:30am Sunday Eucharist.
St George’s also takes seriously the contributions and talents of 18-30s, many of whom serve either on the PCC, as volunteers and leaders of events or take part in the service as servers or as part of the choir. St George’s is a great place to pray and worship, meet new people and grow or explore the Christian faith from a liberal and affirming position; we welcome all in God’s name.