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All-Age Worship

9.30_service_22.09.13_002.jpgMayfield Salisbury has a busy and vibrant 'Sunday School' with over eighty young people on our children's role.  This takes place as part of our 9.30 All-Age Worship Service each Sunday morning. The church believes that the development of friendship and community within this youth ministry is of great importance, especially as our young parishioners attend a mixture of schools and Sunday may be the only day within the week when they see each other. To that end our experienced leaders create a fun packed learning experience with lots of “hands on learning” and things to do.


4___6_no_2.JPGWe strive to keep our class numbers low, making sure that every young person is noticed and no-one left out of the fun. 

 

Our 'Sunday School' is broken down into age brackets of 0-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-11.

7___8_No_4.JPGThese groups work through set syllabuses from “Roots”, a lectionary based programme offering many varied activities and biblical reference points. The 'Roots' web site gives more detail. The books act only as a guide however which our Sunday School leaders often tailoring sessions to best meet the needs of the Sunday School group with whom they are working. 


Also, over the last few years we have introduced sessions of Godly Play . Godly Play, with its respect for IMG_0052.JPGthe innate spirituality of the child, complements the other approaches already in use in our Sunday School. It is an imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It is based on Montessori teaching principles but is more like worship than school. It involves creating for children a sacred space in which Bible stories are presented and wondered about in an open-ended way.

Creating the sacred space is important.  An uncluttered space invites a quieter mood more likely to result in spiritual engagement. Tables are moved away and a carpet alone defines the space. The story teller sits on the floor and the children are invited to form a circle so all can see.  A Bible story is told slowly and quietly in a reflective manner without interpretation. Every story is illustrated by the use of figures or objects made from wood or fabric. The quality of the materials is high but their design is deliberately simple.  The story is followed by a time of wondering using a range of open-ended questions
 

9___11_No_4_cut.jpgThose over twelve years old meet as a separate group where they are IMG_1483.JPGgiven the chance to reflect on more grown-up themes, but there is also plenty of activity and fun!
 

A group of our young people form a music group which plays monthly at our 9.30 service.

Holy Communion is celebrated at the 9.30 Service quarterly and also on Easter Sunday Morning. This is a fully participatory service in which the young people assist the minister by bringing in the elements, and everyone of all ages is invited to come forward to receive.

No matter your age or stage Mayfield Salisbury aims to offer you a pertinent ministry.  Whether you are 2, 20, 50 or 90 we hope that, in our provision, you can find a place to make friends, learn and worship.

More photographs of our 9.30 All-Age worship can be found in our Gallery in the Worship collection.

Details of our safeguarding policy can be found on the Safeguarding page.

 

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  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.
    Origen

  • Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
    Thomas Mann

  • In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
    Mother Teresa

  • I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
    Gene Robinson

  • It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
    R.S. Thomas

  • Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
    Mark Oakley

  • Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
    Blaise Pascal

  • The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
    Mark Oakley

  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
    Mark Oakley

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    St Gregory of Nyssa

  • Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
    Martin Luther

  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.
    Wittgenstein

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.
    Plotinus

  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
    Soren Kirkegaard

  • What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
    Sara Maitland

  • Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
    Sara Maitland

  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
    Douglas Hofstadter

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    Rowan Williams

  • What is today? Today is eternity.
    Meister Eckhart

  • Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
    Meister Eckhart

  • The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
    Miroslav Volf

  • We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
    Thomas a Kempis

  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • God is the beyond in our midst.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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