Charter for Children in the Church
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What we believe
In the United Reformed Church we believe children and young people are just as important as adults in the life of the church, and strive to live out our belief.
Of course, not all of our churches have children and youing people within their congregations, but many have different youth organisations which are firmly part of the church famly.
We know we don’t always get it right, the the Charter for Children in the Church is our commitment to keep on working to be a blace of welcome and belonging for all ages.
Keeping everyone who is part of our church community safe is also vital to our mission. Check here for our latest safeguarding policies and procedures.
The Charter for Children in the Church
Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church – 1990
Children are equal partners with adults in the life of the church
Children in our church are just as important as adults.
The full diet of Christian worship is for children as well as adults
Everybody in our church can worship God in lots of different ways, no matter how old they are.
Learning is for the whole church, adults and children
Our church helps everyone keep on learning
Fellowship is for all – each belonging meaningfully to the rest
Our church is a place where everyone feels and knows they belong.
Service is for children to give, as well as adults
In our church, children can do things to help God, the church, and other people.
The call to evangelism comes to all God’s people of whatever age
God wants everyone to share the Good News with others. Our church listens and shares what we have learned.
The Spirit speaks powerfully through children as well as adults
People can learn what God wants to say to them through what we say and do. Our church listens to children too.
The discovery and development of gifts in children and adults is a key function of the church
Our church helps us find our ‘thing’ and helps us grow into it.
As a church community we must learn to do only those things in separate age groups which we cannot in all conscience do together
Our church tries to do lots of things together, and doesnt have loads of stuff just for the adults.
The concept of the ‘Priesthood of all Believers’ includes children
Everyone in our church can be equally close to God; praying and serving.