The Parish of Knights Enham
Children and Young People
Children of all ages are an important part of the Church family, and are always welcome. Like many churches, we have few children and young people, but we welcome them, and seek to cater for their needs.
Children are welcome at all the Church Services. The first Sunday of the month is an Informal Service, and seeks to be ‘child-friendly’. This is a good service for those who are less familiar with Church and Church services.
We also run a ‘Sunday School’, with supervised activities which cater for very young children during the service, and we try to involve children in other ways during the service.
Now and Again Club
This is a themed day of activities, music and story for younger children. It is held quarterly on a Saturday afternoon (12:30pm–3:30pm). Anything between 20 and 50 children take part. To see dates planned for the Now and Again Club this year, please see the events page, or for further information, contact Win Nulty (01264 353253).
This is a baby & toddler group which meets at St. Paul’s Church Centre during term time. It is free, but we do ask for any donations towards refreshments. We have free play, rhymes, story time & craft. We are there from 12.00 if you want to bring a packed lunch & finish at 2.30.
Most of the local uniformed organisations hold their regular meetings in St. Paul’s Church Centre. Church members are also involved in the leadership of these organisations. Uniformed groups are always welcome to share in the life and worship in the Church, and are occasionally invited to lead the Informal Service. We also invite uniformed organisations to hold special services in either of the Church buildings. They are particularly involved in the annual RemembranceService.
There are four schools in the Parish. The Team Rector, Revd Andrew Ashdown, takes assemblies regularly in all six schools. This is an important point of contact with local children. Schools or classes are often welcomed to both the Parish Church and St. Paul’s Church Centre, to learn about Church buildings and the Christian faith as part of their Religious Education Curriculum. Schools are also very welcome to hold festival or special services in either of the Church buildings. The Rector is also very willing and able to help with RE lessons within the school curriculum if invited.
Baptism and Confirmation
Parishioners are warmly welcome to come forward for Baptism and Confirmation. This can be offered for both children and adults. Baptisms take place on certain Sundays of the year both at St. Michael’s and at St. Paul’s Church Centre. If you are interested in Baptism or Confirmation, please speak to Revd Andrew Ashdown: (01264) 357032.
Child protection policy
The Parish of Knights Enham adheres strictly to a Child Protection Policy according to National Guidelines. Anyone in the Church who is involved with young people is required to undergo a CRB police check.