We believe it is important for anyone who is interested in the Christian faith to have plenty of opportunities to learn more about it, and that all Christians need to continue to learn on their personal and communal spiritual journeys.
Our parish brings together people of all ages, people with a wide range of church backgrounds, and people at many different stages of their spiritual growth, so we aim to provide educational opportunities that meet a wide range of needs and interests, and that enable people to learn together.
We have a Sunday School which meets at St Cosmus and St Damian Church every Sunday during school term time at 10am. Our team of Leaders work together to provide a programme which is flexible enough to reflect the age profile of the children in the group at any given time.
All children are welcome: we are very flexible about starting age, and parents are welcome to stay with younger children during the classes if they wish to do so.
We usually have about 5-10 attending on a particular Sunday and we know that a regular weekly commitment can be difficult for all kinds of reasons. We do not expect children to come every week, but we do give prizes for very good attendance at a special service once a year.
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Some of our special activities including:
raising money for Action Aid – an annual Christmas Bazaar helps with this
leading all age services in church – we use music (we have our own band and percussion instruments), drama, art, Powerpoint presentations
occasional social events – a summer party for the children and their parents is a favourite event
organising the annual Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve – which is always one of the best attended services of the year
producing term cards to help publicise our events
providing a display at the biennial Flower Festival in Church
developing learning with seasonal craft activities
engaging with Blean Key Stage One Choir
In addition to Sunday School, we provide opportunities for young adults: to attend confirmation classes and to be confirmed if and when this is the right step for them;
to contribute to worship in church (e.g. in the band)
to take part in occasional social events and activities.
Some of the opportunities we currently provide or adult learners include: Adult confirmation classes;
Bible Study sessions during Lent;
Annual autumn St Cosmus and St Damian Lecture;
The Ministry Leadership Team is seeking to develop a richer parish education programme and also to encourage our parish members to become more involved in the many opportunities available in the local area – we are very lucky to have the Franciscan Study Centre and the University of Kent on our doorstep, the Cathedral, and lively deanery and diocesan activity readily available to us.
We conducted a survey of the congregation to find out what kinds of education the people who attend our church would like more of: a large number of people asked for opportunities to discuss the relationship between faith and the challenging issues of contemporary life in small groups. In other words, people want to talk about Christian ethics.