Learning by Praying and Doing
A living, worshipping community is one of the few places in modern society where people who are not related to each other can meet across generations and backgrounds. At Lancaster Priory, children, teenagers, and adults are valued participants week by week in our worship. Our young people contribute to worship at the 10.00am service on a regular basis by taking part in presentations, in readings, and as acolytes and junior stewards. By sharing their time and their talents they learn more deeply about the Christian tradition, they encounter new ideas and perspectives, they get to know other people and God.
We are recognised by the Diocese as a ‘Child Friendly Church’ and Sunday School is held during the 10am Sunday Eucharist service, on each Sunday during school term-times.
After the first hymn of the service, the presiding priest invites the children up to the chancel steps, and they then go out together with the leaders and helpers.
There are two groups – 4 to 7 year olds meet in the Priory refectory and 8 to 12 year olds in the choir vestry. (We encourage parents to stay with any under 4 year olds.)
We all return to Church in time to go up to take communion or to receive a blessing. The session for the younger ones contains a story with singing, acting and some sort of craft activity to reinforce the message. The older ones have a simple Bible study and are then encouraged to join in discussions, plays etc to explore the theme more deeply. Often the lesson is based on the Gospel of the day, but this year we have had two series of stories based on the parables and miracles of Jesus.
On the first Sunday of the month we have an All Age service, when the children give a short presentation at the end of the service, showing what they have learned.
Twice a year we have a Messy Activity Day, one at Christmas and one at Easter. The church is full of lots of different activities, many involving paint and glue, but also there is decorating biscuits, making chocolate truffles and planting bulbs, all of which are enjoyed by adults and children alike. Each session finishes with refreshments and singing of Christmas carols or Easter songs.
Baptism and Confirmation
Each year a course is provided for both young people and adults seeking to prepare for Baptism and Confirmation or Confirmation (if baptised already).Watch for news of the next date for a Confirmation and the dates for young people and adults to start their preparation for Confirmation.
All those who would like to be Baptised or Confirmed should let a member of the clergy team know. Registration takes place in January- February each year to begin in March.
Lancaster Priory Church works to encourage a safe environment for children – see our Safeguarding policy here.
The Revd Dr Rebecca Aechtner officiated at her first Eucharist mass on Sunday 2nd July at Lancaster Priory.Read More...
In December, four representatives of the Marsh Community Centre, Lancaster, (manager Councillor Rebecca Joy Novell, trustee Sally Pidd - of St. Tees -, Debz Hargreaves and Revd Jill Novell - of Lancaster Priory) met Gandalf in person, in London!Read More...