Activities and Teaching For Children
» SNACKS (Sunday kids activity)
St. Nic’s Anglican Church KidS is our Sunday morning program for pre-school and primary age children. The kids start in church at 9.30a.m. with their parents and then after about 15 minutes leave for their own fun program in the church hall. There they will learn about God, Jesus and Christian living.
There is also a crèche for when very young ones are ready to be a bit more active than ‘sitting in the pram’!!
» St. Nic’s Playroom
9.30 – 11.30am, Mondays & Thursdays during school terms. This is an excellent playgroup for pre-schoolers, with plenty of toys, a healthy morning tea, and a fun Christian story, music and craft time.
This is a Christian ministry to the local community and as such is open to anyone. Our team of volunteers set up all the equipment, prepare the morning tea for the children, have freshly brewed coffee and tea waiting for you, and pack up when you leave!
We know, because parents keep telling us, that St. Nic’s Playroom is a great place to meet people at a similar stage in life, make friends, and relax while children play in a safe environment (noting however that responsibility for children always remains with their parents or careers).
» School scripture teaching
Each week during term a team of trained volunteers has the privilege of going to the local school, Coogee Public and teaching around 120 children all about the love that God has for them.
We follow the successful curriculum from the Anglican Church which says of itself -
“CEP curriculum is designed for use in Christian Religious Education classes in Australian and New Zealand schools. We create Bible-based programs written from a Protestant standpoint that accords with the historic creeds of the church, and is based on the Five Circles of Learning model.
The underlying assumption is that we humans are made in the image of God. Consequently we first need to understand God as he reveals himself in the Bible, pre-eminently in the person of Jesus Christ, before we can understand ourselves. Connect intentionally differs from curricula that adopt a human frame of reference.
Five Circles of Learning
CEP believes the Five Circles of Learning model best represents what transpires in the Christian Religious Education class. The model is best explained as follows:
All that is, was or ever will be is encompassed by God’s story of creation, redemption and final perfection. All of human history, all human relations and all human endeavour are located within this story.
Without the Bible’s story humanity would neither know what God is like, nor what it is to be truly human. Who God is, what he does and his calling to us to be in a right relationship with him are all found in the Bible’s message.
The teacher’s personal application of the Bible’s message, his or her Christian worldview and a life of discipleship will serve as a living model of a relationship of faith, trust and love with Jesus Christ at the centre.
This is the story of the Christian community of believers in all ages. The great as well as the unknown men and women, girls and boys of faith which help provide the inspiration for students to live lives of obedience and trust to Jesus as Lord and Master.
Each student brings his or her own life story. The successful Christian Education lesson is one that assists students to make connections between the Bible message and their own lives.”