Children & Youth
Children and Youth Community Covenant*
Children’s Church is a place for children and young people to be comfortable and safe, be curious, wonder and ask questions about God, Jesus and their Faith.
We encourage exploration, conversation, getting active and living our faith authentically.
Listen: To the leaders and to each other.Take Turns: Asking questions, answering questions, sharing, commenting and wondering. Raise your hand: To To ask a question, answer a question and share. Be Respectful: To Of each other, the room and supplies. Ask to leave the room: If you need to go to the bathroom or any other reason. Keep your hands and feet to yourself. Say Please and Thank you. Share. To everyone and everything. *Covenant means: Agreement
Our Curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education. Reggio Emilia recognizes and values the inherent knowledge children have and encourages them to be curious and explore their world.
We create our curriculum by listening and talking to our kids about what interests them and what questions they have.
We use the curriculum resources of Godly Play, Holy Moly, and Messy Church:
- Reggio Emilia: aneverydaystory.com
- Godly Play: godlyplay.ca
- Holy Moly: store.afcanada.com
- Messy Church: messychurch.org.uk
An Example of our Approach:
In 2015, one of our kids mused, “I wonder if Jesus was a superhero?”
We spent six weeks exploring this question by learning some of the miracle stories in the Christian Scriptures. We had discussions about what did and did not make Jesus look like a superhero and voted: “Yes, No, Unsure.” By the end of the six weeks we knew the stories, had held excellent conversations, shared opinions, voted numerous times and we were no closer to answering the question than when we started.
But we had a lot of fun along the way!
Hangout | Be yourself | Explore your faith
We also have some leadership opportunities for youth. We host a monthly board games night, seasonal activities and events, and we support our children and youth to attend regional retreats and gatherings with other children and youth from around the province.
Frequently Asked Questions
Programming for children ages 5 and up during worship services, outside of the sanctuary. Children 5 and under are welcome to join us if they bring an adult with them.
15 – 20 minutes into the service children will have “Gathering Time” with the Minister and then be invited to go out with the leaders to their CC programming.
Our leaders are volunteers; parents, grandparents and congregation members. Yes, you can volunteer too!
Have fun! And along the way learn stories from the Bible though drama, videos, games, activities and crafts. They will also learn to ask questions, be curious and wonder about their own personal beliefs. They will explore how the stories from the Bible relate to their lives today and find ways to live into their faith.
We love the energy of young people and we know sometimes kids are full of beans and sometimes kids feel like they’ve been ‘dragged’ to church. With this in mind we expect kids to be kids and accept them however they arrive.
For our leaders and other children to get the most out of CC we created a covenant of behaviour that we all strive to follow in CC. (see below) If children are unable or unwilling to follow our covenant they are requested to return to worship and sit with their adults.