Ministry with children
Children and Young People are a very important part of our church and we value the contribution they make to our common life. We have a duty to bring up our children in the Christian Faith and encourage them to worship.
As a parish we encourage all the adults present to show our children how to behave appropriately during worship, by their own example and prayerful devotion. Children will, from time to time, make a noise, and with help and encouragement they can learn to participate fully in the worship of the church. (Actually, our Rector frowns on adults telling children to “shush” in church, and often says that he worries far more about adults’ behaviour than children’s!)
We have a number of groups and activities which are designed for the children, including:
• Young Christians
• Squeals on Wheels
• The Church Band and Hand Bell ringing
• A group of our older children attend the annual Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage
• The annual Young Christians Coffee morning and Duck race at the mill field
• The Nativity or Epiphany Play
We have very close ties with our church school St Mary & St Giles Church of England (VA) Junior School which serves both Calverton and Stony Stratford (North). The school holds termly services in St Mary & St Giles Church, and individual year groups visit the churches for some classes.
The Parish takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously and all its volunteers are vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service.