Nurturing our children on the spiritual journey
We desire to be a community in which children receive the radical welcome of Jesus Christ.
We support families and children as they respond to the invitation of Jesus, their Good Shepherd, to “Follow me.”
As a faith community we:
- Welcome and include children in our worship and mission
- Provide resources for families in nurturing children on the journey of faith
- Offer Children’s Worship classes and childcare during Sunday services
During the first part of a worship service the whole congregation worships together.
After half an hour the children are invited to come to the front for the children’s blessing. This is a time when we pray for the children in our community and celebrate their presence with us.
Following the Children’s Blessing the children go to age-appropriate classes to continue worshiping and hearing God’s word while the adults hear the sermon.
There is a quiet room for parents to nurse or feed their babies, change diapers, and hear the sermon through a speaker.
Parents are also welcome to stay with their infants in the sanctuary during the sermon. The presence of children reminds us what it means to belong to the whole people of God.
The toddler room is supervised by parents or screened volunteers from the congregation. Children and adults play together and build relationships in the community of Christ.
Children’s Worship: classes for ages 3 to 12
The Godly Play model has four basic elements:
- Hearing sacred story together
- Wondering together about how God’s story and our stories meet
- Responding creatively to God’s story through the important work of play
- Feasting together to celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, with us
To get a glimpse into the wonder of Godly Play:
We continue to use the Godly Play model of hearing God’s story in Scripture but also incorporate other elements:
- Creative art projects and drama
- Creation walks
- Exploring important stories from the life of the church such as saints and the history of the relationship between the First People and the newcomers in Canada
- Inviting guests from the congregation to share from thier journey with Christ
- Appreciating the richness of the whole Christian tradition by learning about practices such as the use of icons in the Eastern Orthodox tradition and prayer beads from the Catholic tradition
Please contact Melanie Colenutt, Director of Faith Formation for Children and Families, for more information.