Our Sunday School and Children's Programmes
The children who attend the Sunday school have enriched the ecumenical community with their presence, voices and thought-provoking performances during services and in particular during Christmas carols. Children are encouraged to pray in their own words and to sing in the unique way each is moved with the worship concluding with playing a game. The activity at the children's Sunday worship is performance-based and listening to the children contribute their understanding of the Bible passages forms the core of the worship plan. It is hoped that there will be an opportunity in the future for the children to contribute their voices once a month to sing with the choir.
The current arrangement is led by Father Paul who has now commenced a family service incorporating the needs of the children. Father Paul also visits St Cuthbert with St Matthias School regularly for assemblies and other events. Our church school also visits the church for celebration of important Feasts and events. Over Christmas time, the School visits for their nativity and carol services, and also take part in the community carol service. During Lent, children from the school come for a service including Ashing on Ash Wednesday and celebrate their own Mass with us for St Cuthbert's Day.
In the past, the vision to involve the whole Earls Court community was realised when the children, parents and music teacher from St Barnabas and St Philips School joined other parents and children from Earls court in a performance complete with 10 African drums, other musical instruments including the voice, cello, saxophone which provided an enriching punctuation in the tour of the church conducted by Nicholas and organised by Harriet and the outreach committee.
Children form a key part of our team of servers in St Cuthbert's, with children from age 7 helping take part in liturgical functions. As acolytes, thurifers, and crucifers, we see it as essential to engage with the liturgy and worship of our community.
In their own time, children are encouraged to come forward for confirmation, and we will have the Bishop of Fulham confirming four children when he comes in May.