For the very young, there is a well-appointed nursery downstairs in the church, and congregational members to provide care.
For children old enough to be present during the first half of the service, there are paper and colouring pencils on a low activity table with stools at the back of the sanctuary. And chairs for their parents.
The children are part of the service until the children’s message time, just before the sermon, when they relocate to the multi-age church school classroom to explore the same Bible texts that were read upstairs in an age appropriate way — in story, drama, prayer and hands-on activities. We use the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum, led by a team of teachers and teen assistants. Once a month, Bart, our Music Director, leads the children in song.
Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of most months in an intergenerational worship setting, followed by a congregational pot-luck meal. All ages are welcome at our Communion table.
For children 10 years and older there is an adult-led book club that meets once a month.
We look for ways the children can participate in the wider life of the church – supporting AIDS orphaned children in Uganda that our congregation has sponsored for the past 20 years, welcoming the Syrian refugee family that St C’s is currently sponsoring (with other local Presbyterian churches), and participating in True City projects.
We follow the Leading with Care policy of our denomination, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, in order to provide a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults.