Youth and Family
Currently we have various support and learning opportunities for families.
Kids Connect: Is an opportunity for primary school age children to share in bible stories about Jesus, enjoying a time of “creative response” through fun, hands-on activities. Pre-school age children are most welcome to attend with their parent/caregiver. Kids Connect will be held throughout school term during the 8.30 am and 10.30 am worship services.
HoOt or “Happy Together” is a playgroup for younger children and their mums and dads, which meets every Friday morning at 9.30am during the school terms, in the St Petri Hall.
The parents and helpers at HoOt desire to share and celebrate Jesus’ love and hope with little ones, through opportunities for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their caregivers to spend time together in educational, fun and play orientated experiences.
Messy Church is a fun way for families to experience church together. It is a Christ-centred celebration for all ages that values hospitality and creativity. When you arrive you will be greeted and introduced to a wide selection of fun and creative themed activities for you to enjoy with your family. All the activities lead us to the 15 minute celebration time. The afternoon concludes with a delicious sit down meal served at 5.30 pm.
Selected Friday and Sunday afternoons 4-6pm
St Petri co-runs a centre for the care and well-being of families in our local community. Through the Hand in Hand Family Centre, there are opportunities for parents of younger children, older primary school aged children and teenage children to participate in various helpful groups such as “Parenting Toolbox” for those parenting pre-school, primary or teenage children, “Fruit Salad”, for families with children who have or are experiencing separation and/or divorce and the like.
These run as demand requires throughout the year. Creches and Come and Play groups happen weekly. Free to Write is a group for women who want to express their creative side.
Bible Journaling is a group for women to explore their spirituality.
It is always worth calling the centre to find out details of the many opportunities on offer.
St Petri works in partnership with Lutheran Community Care and there are many things for families on offer from emergency food parcels, Christmas Hampers, financial counselling, personal counselling, marriage counselling and many serving opportunities for people who like to help.
Lutheran Community Care with its extensive helping programs and services can be accessed through the Hand in hand Family Centre too.
Every year we offer families with children aged around 9-11 years old the opportunity to prepare for being welcomed into Holy Communion. This group goes for 6 weeks and parents are required to be in the sessions with their child. The sessions usually run after school on a weekday for about 45 minutes. Next intake will be when there is a minimum of 3 children seeking Holy Communion. Please contact St Petri Office to enrol your child.
Confirmation Journey is a joint ministry of several congregations in the northern area of the Barossa. The journey is centered on young people in years 8-10, is run weekly in school term on a Monday afternoon, 4.00-5.30.
Young people, “Guides”, Pastors co-lead the sessions based on the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism, done in ways that connect with kids.
Every July (beginning of school term 3) we intake a new group and run it with the current group for one term, before the existing group heads toward confirming their faith in their own home congregations and the new group continues on until the next November. Contact St Petri if your would like to talk about enrolling your child for July 2017.