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New Town + Lenah Valley Anglican
ST JAMES + ST JOHN | HOBART, TASMANIA
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FAMILIES

We believe that to effectively support the spiritual lives of children and young people we need to support the whole family. Our focus is creating a culture of faith formation that affirms and equips parents’ calling as the primary faith teachers, mentors and role models for their own children with the church reinforcing, not replacing, parents’ duties. While we offer age-specific activities, we also focus on caring for and nurturing families as they grow together following the example of Jesus. This provides a framework for families to grow closer as a family while deepening their relationship with God.


To facilitate this we are endeavouring to transform our Christian education from something the church does with kids for parents into something children, parents and the church do together. Offering the church community to parents as partners in their own children’s faith journey – that is what we are all about.


Our ministries that focus on helping families grow in their relationship with Jesus are:


Sundays


Each of our Sunday services strive to be a space that welcomes and respects people of diverse age, background and maturity in faith. St James 10.00 service has a specific focus of engaging with younger families and as a wonderfully diverse community, offers space for people to express and explore matters of faith. Strategies for this include inclusive and culturally sensitive use of language and music and provision of creative space for children to relax or engage at their own level during services. We include a children’s talk each week to actively engage and hear from the children as part of their spiritual development.

 

FamilyLife

FamilyLife focusses on families, with or without children. Each week we offer space to reflect on our spiritual life as a family, allowing opportunity for frank discussion and resource building in a diverse and encouraging setting. Children are encouraged to participate as they are able and allowed space to play together. FamilyLife meets in a family home, currently from 3–5pm on Sundays:

  • 1st  and 3rd Sundays we gather for Bible study, with open discussion around pertinent issues of family life.
  • 2nd and 4th Sundays we meet for children's and family activities in homes or public places within our community.

Inspired for Life!

Inspired for Life! is a monthly 'messy church' event on Monday evenings. Children meet together with their parents, grandparents or carers for a meal and interactive group activities which involve the children and adults in learning/growing experiences.

Safe Church Communities

We believe all people are entitled to feel safe and protected. We take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously and commit ourselves to ensuring our congregations and programs are safe places. Everyone working with vulnerable persons is trained and endorsed through ChildSafe. You can find out more information and read our policies on the Safe Church Communities page of the Anglican Church of Tasmania website. All staff/helpers involved in leading activities with children and vulnerable adults have current Working with Vulnerable People registration through the
Department of Justice, Tasmania.

More Information

For more information, or to get involved, please contact us.







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