Adventurers (school years 3 and 4) meet in the Church Hall during the 10am Family Service.
About once a month the children from Year 3 upwards stay in church for the whole service. This is often a communion service and aims to include the children in all its parts. The different children and youth groups take turns in leading prayers and doing the Bible readings at these services.
On the week before or after their turn to lead, the children and their leaders and helpers often go across the road to Beulah Lodge Residential Home during the Sunday morning service. They are there for about half an hour leading a short ‘service’ of readings, prayers and a song or two, and chatting with the residents.
In the Spring Term all Year 3 children do a communion preparation course.
There is a meeting with parents beforehand to discuss the church’s policy on admitting children to communion from the age of 7.
It is very important that the children attend the preparation sessions where all aspects of communion are explored with them.
Towards the end of the course parents are asked to let the leaders know if their child would like to start taking communion. At this point it is quite acceptable for parents to say that they do not feel their child is ready. This does not preclude them from the group in any way.
The children who are ready usually take communion for the first time on Easter Sunday.
Adventurers are led by a committed group of leaders and helpers who excel at planning a variety of activities including craft and drama and storytelling to help the children explore the Bible and Christian faith. To help them prepare they use Scripture Union ‘Light’ material along with a number of useful websites. All leaders and helpers will have been DBS (formerly CRB) checked.