Children are welcome at Carramar Uniting Church. Children’s ministry is an important part of our mission and outreach. We have children of all abilities as part of our family. Our Children’s Ministry team are trained to deal with children with autism and other disabilities. As we meet in the school our worship and kids church space is all disability friendly with ramps and disabled toilets.
Babies and children up to 4 years of age are welcome in the crèche. This runs at the same time as Kids@Church in an area off from the main worship area. Toys and play materials are provided and parents are rostered on to supervise.
Kids@Church operates every Sunday in conjunction with the morning worship service. We use a range of resources to share our faith and equip children to think through issues that touch them. Our materials follow the set readings for the church year. The children are involved in activities such as singing, craft, discussions and a number of other things appropriate to their age.
We have a number of leaders drawn from across the congregation. They teach on a rostered basis which exposes children to a range of caring adults.
KCO – Kids Camp Out
KCO (Kids of the Uniting Church in Australia) Camp Out is a camp run annually by the wider Uniting Church that Carramar is actively involved in. It occurs around March each year where about 200 participants from all over the state enjoy activities and time together hearing God’s word in ways that speak to them. We spend the night in tents which is always fun and hope that it doesn’t rain. We have parents and junior leaders (high schoolers) along with our children.
KFD – Kids Fun Day – School Holidays
This year the fun day will be on Thursday Oct 5, 2017- stay tuned for more information
This is a one day fun day in the school holidays where we focus on a particular bible verse and design activities around that theme. In 2014 Fun Day Poster we looked at the parable of the sower, 2015 the theme was Shine your Light. 2016 the theme was the fruit of the Spirit. We have over 100 children and helpers and usually get booked out in the first week. It is a great day for children and adults alike. Fun Day Poster 2015
MAM – Make a Manger
KCW – Kids Christmas Workshop – December
This is similar to the fun day but shorter – only going for 3 hours in the late afternoon and evening. Obviously focusing on the Christmas Story. We combined with Trinity North UCA in 2014 and ran the program over two nights – one at Carramar and one at Greenwood.
A safe place for children
At Carramar Uniting Church we make this as safe a place for children as we can. All teachers have a Working with Children Check and undertake to work within the Uniting Church code of ethics policy.
What if our child makes lots of noise or wanders?
We know that children can make a lot of noise and move about – that’s what children do! We would encourage you to involve your children in the singing at the beginning of the service. Generally these songs are geared towards the children. If you feel the need to take your child out, please feel free to move to the back of the worship area if this is more comfortable. If you move outside the worship area please be mindful of the school property as we are guests in the school. When you are ready simply move back into the worship area.
Holy Communion is one of the sacraments of the Christian Church – a practice that remembers a special meal that Jesus shared with his friends and followers. Through Holy Communion we celebrate the presence of Jesus with us, and his life, death and resurrection. In the Uniting Church everyone is welcome to participate in Holy Communion, regardless of their age.
We would hope that you will feel welcome in this special time. If you have been to Holy Communion in another church, you may discover that we do some things differently here – there are many different ways to share communion.
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