Christain Education for Children

Our provision for young people starts with the Crèche. Spectrum then caters for primary school age children. We use “Spill the Beans” as our main source of materials. Springboard is our group for those in S1–S3 in school. Here we use SU material. The final stage of our programme for S4–S6 people is QII, whose leaders develop a programme and a safe space for young people to share their faith, views and doubts.

We have healthy rolls for these groups, approximately 70 in total, but regular attendance is much patchier – around 25. We are currently exploring setting up Christian education at other times or days in the hope of reducing competition with sporting and other activities. We made a start on this approach by introducing Messy Church on a Saturday at 4pm with a typical attendance of around 30.

We also run a one day Christmas Event and a week-long Holiday Club for primary school aged children. These can attract between 60 and 100 children.

We have popular Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts – over 200 young people in total.

We also run a thriving Pre-school in partnership with Edinburgh City Council. (We welcome the children, staff and parents to special church services to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter.)

We also host a Playgroup and two Toddlers’ groups. This all underpins our commitment to reach out and spread the gospel.

Our Christian Education work with young people is overseen by a committee of the Kirk Session. It aims to support leaders and look at strategies.

Left: Messy Church      Right: Story Telling at the Christmas Event for Children







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