Children's ministry at Holy Covenant

We welcome children at Holy Covenant, and have a very active and vibrant program for involving and supporting children and their families in our church community. The Rainbow Community Centre is a very busy place on a Sunday morning during the 10 am service.

Worship and children

There are two services held on Sundays. The 8am service is a traditional Anglican one. The style is more reflective and quiet. The 10am service is more contemporary and is designed to be child and family friendly. During this service, there is a “Children’s Church”. After the first hymn children go to their group, and then rejoin the congregation after the prayers, in time to take their place beside their parents at Holy Communion. Children’s Church does not run on Family Service Sundays, or over the summer school holidays.

We like children and their families to feel comfortable, and there is no need to feel embarrassed if your child cries, laughs, talks or sings — as children do! We provide a rug and cushions, along with colouring materials, where young children (and sometimes their parents) often enjoy sitting and being quietly active during the service.

Family services

Once every term, we hold a special family service, which focuses on actively and creatively involving children, young people and families in all aspects of the service. We have no Children’s Church on these days.

Holy Communion

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. If you wish your child to receive Holy Communion, please talk to the Rector.

We offer simple preparation for children who wish to receive Holy Communion. Usually this happens when children are seven but it can be earlier. Small children are welcome at the altar to receive a blessing. Confirmation is available for teenagers and adults who want to publicly “confirm” their faith.

Family fellowship

We hold a number of informal and relaxed get-togethers for families and children fairly regularly during the year. These are advertised in our Weekly Bulletin, and if you would like to find out more please contact us.

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