Children at St Peter’s

At St Peter’s we welcome all children however noisy and wriggly.  At the front of the church, we have a carpeted area with toys and books particularly suitable for children under 6, where children can sit with their parents during services.  We also have an activity table in the Sanctuary, where children can get creative with paper, scissors, stickers, glue and  coloured pens.

The toilets in the church cottages are equipped with potties and a changing table, and are always open during the Sunday morning services.

Sunday Worship

At the 10am service on most Sundays, the children walk across to the church cottages after the first hymn, to go to Junior Church, and they return to the main service  just after the Intercessions.  At Junior Church, there’s a group for children under 6 - where parents usually accompany their children to the cottages, and groups for children from 6-10 and 10+.

Our other 10am services are All Age Worship, and the children stay in church for readings, hymns, prayers and a talk that are designed to allow all of the congregation to worship together.  At these services there are also special craft activities for the children to take part in.

Because many families are busy on a Sunday morning, we have an afternoon service for children once every school term, at 3.30, called Sunday Funday.  The dates are available from the church newsletter and magazine.   At Sunday Funday, the children will spend an hour or so doing art and craft activities in the church, followed by tea in the church cottages.

Babies and Toddlers

Every Tuesday during school term-time, from 10.00 - 11.45, the Tuesday club for babies, toddlers and pre-school children meets at the church cottages.

Each session includes time for play, a Bible story, craft, drinks and songs. The adults are a very friendly group and enjoy a good chat and a cup of tea or coffee, as well as joining in with the playing and craft activities. We use a lot of glue! Last year, the children made pictures, wind chimes, kites, shakers, headdresses with ears on, cards, Christmas decorations, and lots more! We have a team of helpers, so there is no rota for people bringing children.

In the summer, we all enjoy sharing a picnic party and an outing to a farm or wildlife park.

Older Children

Children over 8 years of age are welcome to become members of the church choir, or join the bellringing group.

Youth Work

Our Youth Leader is Hanna Sturcken. The aims of the Youth Project are:

To create clubs and activities for young people aged 10-18 (School Years 6-13) across South Cheltenham

To develop links and support local schools

To help young people develop in social skills and leadership

To provide opportunities for young people to ask questions, develop their own spirituality and find out more about the Christian faith.

For more information about the Youth groups in the South Cheltenham Churches please contact Ian through the Parish Office.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

St Peter's is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, as well as vulnerable adults.  The Nominated Person is David Webber. Please contact David on 01242 254847.  St Peter’s child protection policy is available here.

Leckhampton C of E Primary School

The church has strong links with Leckhampton C of E Primary School, located just along the road from St Peter’s.