Our goal in Children’s Ministry is to provide a place where children can learn about Jesus in a safe and fun environment, with the goal of helping them build a foundation for a life of faith. We want every child to meet Jesus through our community, Bible-based teaching, and fun activities. We want to get to know each child and share Jesus’ love with them.
Nursery programs and Children’s Ministry happen every Sunday at 9:30 am and 11 am, during our Sunday services.
If you prefer to worship as a family, children are also welcome in our church services. We invite you to enjoy one of the designated play areas in the church – just look for the bright red tables on the east and west side of the building. You can also pick up an ‘Activity Bag’ near the entrance of the church for your children to explore during the service.
Our Nursery and Children’s Ministry Zone is on the second floor of Cody Hall. To find us, walk through the glass Atrium and head up the stairs on your left, or go a little further to get to the elevator.
When you arrive, our staff will be there to welcome you. We will direct you to our Nursery or to the Children’s Ministry registration area. You will be asked to check in and provide contact information, allergies, and health issues that your child has so that we can take good care of them. You may stay with your child, or drop them off and return for pick-up after the service has ended. On your next visit, simply sign in and out.
Nursery (Birth to Age 3)
Our Nursery provides a safe and clean environment for little ones. We have a clean, bright space, lots of toys, and a Bible story program that’s geared to young children. We have two experienced, screened staff members to oversee their care, supported by parents and volunteers. We also have electronic pagers available so that we can always reach you. We offer a peanut-free, allergy-sensitive environment and we provide safe, age-appropriate snacks. Let us know how soon you would like us to call you back from the service, and whether or not we may change your baby’s diaper.
We offer take-home resources each week for families, so they can follow along with what their children are learning. We also offer calendars and activity books before Christmas and Easter, to help get ready for these special days. We have a variety of books and Bibles available all year round to engage children at different ages.
Our Little Sunbeams Parents & Tots group meets on Wednesday mornings from September to June for parents of preschool children. This is a free drop-in group where you can connect with other parents while your little ones play.
Be sure to join our Little Sunbeams Facebook group – a friendly and supportive community, meeting for outings in the local neighbourhoods, and the occasional night out.
(Age 4 to 10)
In Children’s Ministry, we seek to inspire children on their faith journey. On Sunday mornings, we follow a pattern of welcome-play-gather-learn. After we greet the children, they are invited to play together for a little while. We then gather for Large Group, after which we split up in small groups divided by age. Small group is where we have snack, learn a Bible teaching and do fun activities like crafts and games.
Fun – In Children’s Ministry, we combine care, play, and interactive learning for children from birth to age 10. We offer special events throughout the year, including a Christmas Pageant in early December, Family Fun Night several times a year, a Pancake Supper in February, a Journey to Cross Experience on Good Friday, and our giant Easter Egg hunt.
Age-Appropriate Bible Teaching – Our teaching materials use the Bible to reveal Jesus to the children. We offer a variety of fun, creative and age-appropriate activities that suit the age and stage of each child.
Healthy and Safe – Ensuring a safe, secure and healthy ministry is essential to making children feel at home. All staff and volunteers are screened, qualified and have completed background checks. We also provide a clean and child-safe space, serve peanut-free and allergen-sensitive snacks, and maintain a strict sick-child policy.
Passionate – We’re passionate about serving children well. We’re committed to excellence every step of the way, from the welcome you receive, to the toys and games we offer, to the learning experiences in each class. We want children to feel at home during their time in Children’s Ministry as they connect, learn, and grow. We welcome families from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds and we seek to create an environment in which everyone can experience belonging.
How do I stay connected with what’s happening in Children’s Ministry?
Parents are invited to join our Parents Facebook group where you can stay connected with what is happening in Children’s and Youth Ministry.