Our crèche is available for babies and children between the age of 0 and 3 years. There are two adults (or one adult and one teenage helper) on duty in conformity with the Diocesan Child Protection Guidelines. Parents may stay with their child until he or she settles and is happy to be left with the crèche helpers. Parents can leave their children in the crèche for the whole of the 11am service until they come down for coffee or, alternatively, parents can come to collect their children and take them into the Chapel for a blessing when they themselves come up to receive Communion or a blessing along with the other Junior Church children.
An important feature of the life of the Anglican Church in Luxembourg is our work with children. We have set in place a structure and some guidelines, which offer a safe and child-friendly environment for them to meet. Children start in church with their families, and go down to Junior Church accompanied by the Leaders and Helpers. After the topic is introduced to the whole group, the children are divided into 3 age groups, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11. Topics usually follow the Church calendar. They return to church to receive a blessing or Communion with their families.
In general, our approach is based on open-ended questions and exploration, and an invitation to imagine. Once a month we have a special ‘Stories & Songs’ session, with music and interactive story telling or drama. Children are also often involved in our all-age worship on the first Sunday of the month, singing songs or helping with intercessions.
We are blessed with a lovely group of children who enjoy coming to Junior Church. We hope that they will always be able to look back at their time with us as a happy experience where they felt welcomed and nourished. Increasingly, we have children in Junior Church who do not have mother tongue English, reflecting the diversity of our congregation. Please be assured that many of our leaders and helpers are multilingual, as are the other children, and we will all help in any way we can. In addition, because we are not Sunday school, there is no expectation that children can read and write English. So wherever you’re from, and whatever the children speak, you are welcome.
“Lions and Lambs” Group
This Group meets on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11am – see CALENDAR, alternating between Strassen and Contern and runs during Luxembourgish school term times. It is open to all parents and carers and children from 0-4. We sing some songs, read a Bible story and do a simple craft or other activity with the children. Parents have the opportunity to chat over coffee while the children play. For more information please email Fiona or Cherry.
We have a youth group for young people aged 12-16 that meets on the first Sunday of the month (except in January and August) from 10-10.45am in the hotel next to the church, where we have discussions on a range of themes over croissants and drinks. We also meet from time to time for films and social events. Youth group members are always welcome to help out at Crèche or Junior Church, as they feel called. Please contact Evelyn Sweerts to find out more or ask any questions.
Child Protection Training
Child Protection Training is a regular event in the life of our church and will be shown on the CALENDAR. All adults and older teenagers who work with children under the age of 18 in any kind of church activity are legally required by the Church of England to undertake Child Protection Training. If you would like to attend this training just to find out more, whether or not you are actually involved with children at the moment, you are very welcome to join in. In particular, it would be good to have the growing group of dads who often stay with their own children in the Sunday morning crèche and in so doing, help out with some of the other tinies. If you would like to be able to help on a regular or even occasional basis as a crèche or Junior Church helper, please speak to the Chaplain. Please contact Moira Hogg for further details and to register your attendance.
Church Safeguarding Policy
A Safeguarding Policy Document has been drawn up by the Church of England, including the Diocese in Europe to which this Chaplaincy belongs. Full details can be found on the Diocesan website here.