The Little Children and Jesus
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16 (New International Version)
Children of all ages are welcome in the church for any of our services. The Vicar and fellow parishioners are well aware that to keep a child quiet and still for any period of time is difficult and there is no need to feel uncomfortable if your child is noisy or wriggles and moves around. It is important they are able to enjoy being in church too!
At our 10.30am service on a Sunday morning, a creche is available at the back of the church. Here younger children can sit and enjoy activities including drawing and colouring, jigsaws, books and playing with Lego bricks and cars and still be part of the service. During the 10.30am Sunday morning service children from the age of 3 to 11 are welcome to attend Sunday School which is held in the Bridewell.
In Sunday School we have lots of fun. When our children first arrive, we come together as a group and catch up on each other’s news, especially after a holiday. We then we have a bible story and afterwards do art and craft activities, or sometimes play games and listen to music. We come together towards the end to gather for prayers and have a prayer table set up so the children can go and write their own prayers if they want to any time during Sunday School. At the end we go into church for a blessing.
We are a happy group and endeavour to help these young people to get to know all about Jesus and to develop a personal relationship with Him. We want them to know about God’s love for everyone and how He wants us to grow and love Him.
We tell them about their church and how it belongs to them and not just to the grown-ups and how important they are to it.
Ignite is the Deanery of Widnes’ Youth Church. A safe, fun place for Christian young people to meet together and learn to know God and let their faith grow. It meets in various venues across town on Sunday evenings between 7.30-9.00pm.
Both Farnworth and Cronton schools have close links with St Luke’s Church and often visit for special services. The schools have a Christian ethos and daily worship is based on the Church of England Calendar.