Church 4 All
We currently worship all together in the main church, with a children's table for crafts, etc.
During covid some of our DBS and safeguarding trianing lapsed, so we are currently working towards making sure all our helpers have completed or renewed their DBS and 'Creating Safe Places' (the Methodist Church Safeguarding training).
Once that has been completed we will be moving through to the lounge (all youngsters together) and using a form of self-directed engagement with scripture and getting to know God through Jesus, accompanied and supervised by at least two adults, utilising a selection of books, toys and learning materials. We aim to be relaxed and friendly and offer a warm welcome to everyone. We are very happy for parents to stay with their children, if they would prefer. We are also very happy for those chilren and young people who would prefer to remain in the main service to do so.
All children begin the morning service in the main church, usually sitting with those who brought them to church, and then head through to the lounge after a couple of hymns and a children's address. For children who are pre-school age, there are activity and toy sacks available. There is also a small table at the front of church, where younger children can play, so that the whole family can remain in church during the service.
We want all families to feel welcome at Richmond Methodist Church, and able to participate as much or as little as they wish. Feel free to talk to any of the team if you have question about how it all works.
Rachel Pinkney - Schools and Families Worker
I am the Schools and Families Worker for the circuit, based in Richmond. In this exciting role I am hoping to support existing projects and start some new initiatives. I link with local schools, particularly Richmond Methodist School. I work with the fantastic volunteers at junior church, at youth groups and community groups.
I was brought up in the Midlands and lived in various places before settling in Richmond just over 10 years ago, attending Methodist Churches throughout my life. I am married with two children and a rather crazy dog. I am training to become a local preacher; hard work but I'm thoroughly enjoying it. If I get any spare time I enjoy cooking, baking and curling up with a good book. The role of Schools and Families Worker is very close to my heart and I want it to be service and witness to the whole community. So, if you have any ideas, please do get in touch, all suggestions considered!