SJE: A Welcoming, Inclusive (and Child-Friendly) Church

In the last few months we have welcomed a number of families with young children to St. John’s. As a way of including these young ones, we have experimented with a small children’s area in the north-west corner of the church. The next time you come to church you will see that we are now experimenting with a new area in the body of the church. By reclaiming seating space in other areas we are able to offer this space without the loss of seating capacity.

As part of becoming a child and parent-friendly church we are also planning to provide audio of our worship services in both the foyer and the nursery so that the needs of children and parents are accommodated . All of this is part of our practice of hospitality and welcoming, welcoming others as Christ has welcomed us.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Mrs. Lynda Woodward wrote:
I think its a good idea and we have to be flexible for young families....but it saddens me personally as I like to sit in the third row from the back as I used to sit there with my friend Henny(she has since passed away).....and I feel her presence there.
Its an Anglican thing I know to want to sit where you like to sit...but...I will just sit a row ahead.

You seemed to want remarks....so that is my remark...positive and negative.I can be flexible....even if I don't agree...

March 26, 2013 @ 6:39 PM

2. Judith wrote:
Looks great to me. It is wonderful to have a special area for children and their parents at our services

March 28, 2013 @ 12:44 PM

3. Sarah W wrote:
It is interesting how we get used to sitting in the same place, and how places can be associated with people in our past and present too. Thanks, Lynda, for sharing that, and I understand what you mean. Henny has passed on, and perhaps she would feel good about her spot evolving to make room for welcoming new generations of Christians.

April 2, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

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