We have a wide range of children's activities at - or connected to - St. Barts. In addition, because we value all our young people highly, we try to involve them in our services and daily life wherever possible.
Photo courtesy of Maria Ramil
A Sunday school is held during the first part of the 10am service on most Sundays of the year (not during the school holidays or when the main service is all-age, when they are expected to stay in the main service). There are two classes, one for those aged approximately 3 to 6,and the other for 7 to 12. There is a schedule of singing, prayer, bible stories and lessons, and craft and other activities. All our leaders are, of course, thoroughly trained and background-checked.
The children's church leader is June Forbes. Last year a very popular system of loyalty cards was introduced last year, with certificates for attendance being given at the end of the 10am service on many occasions
Around ten times a year, the 10am service is changed to a more informal all Age Service where young people of all ages are encouraged to take part. They read lessons, act out the scriptures and even lead the Intercessions.
Youth work has been identified as a priority for church growth and development over the next few years. In addition to taking part in All Age services, young people in the church regularly serve, read, assist with the Traidcraft stall, help with social & fund raising events and with children's church. They are also on the Stewards / Welcoming team.
Angels Anonymous, organised by Claire Adams, Nic Dax and Robert Stone meet regularly during the year. Activities include parties, film night and cooking, including making sweets for a sweet stall to help raise funds for an annual residential weekend organised jointly with three other churches.
A creche runs every Sunday during the 10am service to care for those under Sunday school age. They are cared for in the church hall, part of the main building, so they can easily be taken in and out of the creche during services. The creche is co-ordinated by Kenlyn Fleary.
St. Bartholomew's CE Primary School is a two form entry church school set in the heart of Sydenham at the very top of Peak Hill. Although funded by the Local Authority, it is closely linked with St. Bartholomew's Church taking 9 of its 16 School Governors from the church PCC, the clergy and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.
As a church school, St. Bartholomew's offers two thirds of its Reception places to practising Christians with the remaining places going to local children, thus providing education to a richly diverse community. The school is passionate about learning and enjoys challenging children to think creatively in lots of different ways.
The school children are welcomed into the church many times over the year and Fr Michael and his team regularly visit the school to take assemblies or offer Holy Communion for both children and staff.
The school's core purpose is "Believing, Achieving, Succeeding" and this underpins everything it does. The Schools Vision states:
With God as our guide we are committed to:
For more information about the school or to arrange a visit, please go to the website at www.st-bartholomews.lewisham.sch.uk or on the link to the right.
We also invite other schools to visit our church where they are given a guided tour by the vicar, Rev Michael Kingston.
Lammas Green, a long established nursery just behind Sydenham Hill, has come to St. Bartholomews.
The nursery runs from 9.15am - 3pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.15am - 12noon on Fridays during term times.
The nursery can accommodate 24 children per session, aged 21/2 to 5 years, with six team members.
For information, Contact Lynette Jefferies on 07971 862 155 or Contact them here or through the Contact Form on the right.
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Call the Rev Stephen Edmonds on 020 8676 8925