Children and Youth

Younger children

We are a welcoming, family-friendly church that places a great importance on the value and contribution of children, both in our congregation and as part of the wider community.

For many people, enjoying church from a young age provides the foundations for a lasting and deep faith into adult life. We encourage and support children and young people to form their own relationship with Jesus, at their own pace.

Each week we pray and worship with our children – just as the adults do in the Sunday service – so they come to know prayer and worship as key elements of the Christian faith. All children are very welcome at St Michael’s. If there is anything we can do as a church to support or encourage your child, and/or you as a family, please let a member of the Junior Church team know.

Youth

Being a young person today can be both complex and confusing. As children grow up at St Michael’s we continue to encourage them into their teenage years, providing a safe space where they can be themselves and feel supported as they make transitions in their lives.

Safeguarding

St Michaels and All Angels is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and creating protective and supportive environments where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults, and Church of England policy and practice. A copy of St Michael’s Safeguarding Policy is available here.

The Diocese of Newcastle Safeguarding webpages are available here.

For the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Information please click here.

A copy of the leaflet ‘You will be listened to’ is available here.

If you have a safeguarding concern about an adult or child, please contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers (see below) or refer to the Who’s Who list of Safeguarding at St Michael’s.

Diocesan Safeguarding Officers:

Ruth Rogan – 07825 167016 – r.rogan@newcastle.anglican.org

Andrew Grant – 07741 633670 – a.grant@newcastle.anglican.org