Families in Church
Church is a place for everyone; it is a place to learn how to live in a community—a task that is useful for all of us to learn. It is a place of forgiveness, love, care and support—as God loves us so we love one another. Children are a welcomed and an integral part of the Payneham Road Uniting Church Community.
School age children are encouraged to take part in the Church service just as they would in any other social event. As parents, you know your child best and we would seek to support you in sharing this special time.
Our Minister prepares a Children’s Order of Service for the children so that they know what is going on; this also gives them some puzzles and questions .
Once a month there is Sunday School during the 10 am Worship service. Children stay in Church until after the Bible reading; they then retreat to the Vestry (back of the Church) for about 15-20 minutes before returning for the end of the service.
More pictures of Sunday School (July 23rd 2017)
Pre-school Music Program: In recess at the moment
Jelly Beans is a Pre-School Music Program aimed at providing a place for Nursery Rhymes and Children’s songs to be sung, music appreciation to be built, a social space for children as well as a social and supportive environment for parents and care givers .
Jelly Beans is a Program of the Church because we believe that it is important to support young families, provide opportunities for networks and share together in appreciation of music and song.
Volunteer caregivers are available to care for babies so that you can spend quality time with your toddler.
Jelly Beans is held every Monday morning in the Church hall between 9.30 and 11 am (during school terms).
Fruit morning tea is provided.
Parents are encouraged to bring a bottle of water for their children .
Cost is $5 per family per week or $40 per term
Bookings are essential: 0400 220 035 (Rhonda)
Infants and Toddlers in Church
When you enter the Church, make your way to under the stairs (just in-front of the door – there you will find comfortable seating for yourselves as well as a safe place for your children to move around, play and feed.
There are two tubs of play equipment; one for babies and one for toddlers. Encourage your children to play with these toys rather than bringing toys from home. Also, encourage the sharing of toys between yours and other children using the space.
Bring a small snack and bottle of water
Encourage your children to take part in singing, children’s time and praying
Use the door near your seats to exit the church to use toilets, change table, etc. These are situated on the far side of hall in the disabled toilet.
Stay for morning tea so we all get to know one another.
Let someone know if there is anything you need to make the space or your visit more comfortable
Our young people are supported through a network of care: where people make every effort to respect the situation of each individual youth and encourage them in their pursuits. That being said, there it is also important to balance work with worship and so programs are offered to youth that are often busy with work and/or study.
There is always some sort of study being offered at our Church; Lenten Study, Confirmation preparation, Bible Study and Get to know the Church programs are regularly operated. Just talk to our Minister about your needs.