Not just for Boys!
We are committed to seeing lives enriched by supporting children and young people to reach their full potential by providing opportunities to meet together and engage in a range of fun and developmental activities and experiences.
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Children are an important part of our family at St. Illtud’s Church. We welcome children to our church and aim to support our youngest congregation members as they grow in faith. To help them on their journey, we have a great team who are passionate about teaching the Bible to children and young people.
We hold Sunday School during the Sung Holy Eucharist which begins at 10:00am on Sunday Mornings.
Children join their parents or carers with the congregation to sing the first hymn, hear the singing of the Kyrie & Gloria, and to hear the Collect for the Day. Then the children are collected by our Sunday School team and gather in the South Aisle meeting room to begin Sunday School. Parents and carers are welcome to join in with the Sunday School or can continue to participate in the Holy Eucharist.
Sunday School lasts approximately 45 minutes, the children will be brought back into the church to re-join their parents or carers for Holy Communion, final hymns and the sending out.
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Our Sunday School is often involved in celebrating events in St. Illtud’s Church.
Easter and Harvest are very special in the Christian faith. To help the church celebrate, the Sunday School is at the forefront of these times by telling stories or putting on performances for the full congregation.
Through the course of Advent, the children will be hard at work creating costumes and learning about the nativity in preparation for a special performance. Mums and Dads often take part in the production, much to the amusement of the children!
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We are delighted to partner with Salem Baptist Chapel in Tonteg to provide a church for people outside church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to thrive.
Messy Church enables people of all ages to belong to Christ together through their local church. It is a way of being church which is particularly suited to families, but welcoming to all. It meets at a time and on a day that suits local families and is particularly aimed at people who have never belonged to a church before.
Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed most evidently by eating together – whether it’s a plate of sandwiches to share, or sausage and mash.
Messy Church is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Messy Church believes, with the historic churches, in one God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Messy Church is for adults and children to enjoy together. Every element should be relevant and accessible to all ages.
Messy Church uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give people a chance to play together.
Messy Church is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), a Registered Charity.
Operation Christmas Child blesses underprivileged children around the world with gift-filled shoeboxes wrapped and packed by children and adults in the UK. It’s a campaign that we are delighted to support.
Between September and November each year, our congregation wrap and pack individual shoeboxes with a range of gifts which are sent overseas for local churches to distribute to children, on the basis of need alone.
Each shoebox is an unconditional gift, given to a child with nothing asked for, or expected in return; no pledges, no obligation to go to church or attend classes; ‘no strings attached’.
These shoebox gifts are an expression of God’s love to us, and the gift of His Son Jesus at Christmas. They give local churches the opportunity to show God’s love to children in a tangible way and, during the distribution event, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, perhaps through age-appropriate music, dance and puppet shows, or through a little book of Bible stories The Greatest Gift. The Greatest Gift, distributed with the shoebox, not inside it.
If you would like to support this immensely worthwhile cause, please contact us, or click the “find our more” tab below.
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry.
We are proud to support the Pontypridd Foodbank; a project set up by St Luke’s Church in Rhydyfelin, as a way to help spread good news to the community through helping to provide for those in need in a very practical manner.
The project aims to provide clients with three days of food to help them get through the crisis they find themselves in. To ease the pressure of finances by having some food to eat for 3 days.
Pontypridd Foodbank helps with pointing people in the right direction as a way to reduce the crisis they are in. In addition, it also links with the CAP (Christians Against Poverty) project in St. Catherine’s Church, Pontypridd by offering budgeting advice, debt advice, release group and a job club.
St. Illtud’s Church is part of a network of many other churches and chapels, schools, businesses and individuals offering their time and donations of food and money.
If you wish to support by donating non-perishable, in-date food you can do so by bringing it along to St. Illtud’s Church, or dropping it off any other centre within the network.
For more information on the incredible work that Pontypridd Foodbank does, or need support from the network, please click on the “Find out more” tab below: