St James Sunday School is held in church on Sunday mornings in school term time in the Sunday School room next to the vestry on the second and fourth Sundays in the month. (On the first and third Sunday’s we have child friendly services in church). The children stay in Church until the the end of the first hymn and then quietly move out and take part in various activities, often following the liturgical theme of the main service, the intention being to develop and nurture Christian principles with our young church members.
The children go back into Church for a blessing at the Communion rail or to take Communion if they have been confirmed and then return to the Sunday School room to finish off their activities and for our prayers. The children frequently read the Old and New Testament readings and help with the offertory during the main service.
We have a lively and interested group of children of various ages and Sunday School can vary from three to seven or eight members on any given Sunday. The children work well together and enjoy different aspects of Christian teaching, including singing, prayer, Bible stories, art and craft and discussion, the aim being to introduce the children to the life and work of Jesus and a wider knowledge of the Bible in a caring and stimulating atmosphere.
We have three adults who staff Sunday School on a rota basis, all of whom are DBS cleared and help and encourage the children with the tasks allotted to them. Many of the children attend Altham C E Primary School, with which the Church has good links.
We have a Sunday School banner, which was put to good use when the Archbishop of York came to Altham on Palm Sunday in our quincentennial year.