Children preschool and elementary school-aged
Our Lord said, “Let the little children come unto me”.
St. Andrew’s Children’s Ministry exists to partner with parents in nurturing the spiritual growth and development of our young children. With this purpose in mind, we offer spiritually nourishing and developmentally appropriate educational activities for all ages- from preschooler to elementary school-aged children. It is our goal to provide a clean, safe, and loving environment in which our children can learn and thrive.
Children are such a gift from our Maker. They are more than welcomed; they are joyfully received at any of our services. We delight in our children bringing their smiles, their exuberance and their happy little minds. But many parents and grandparents find that the service that is most accessible for children is the Family Service.
Our Family Service is held at 9 am though the majority of the year, (and at 10 am from June 18 though August 27). It is at this service that Sunday School takes place during a portion of the service, with the children joining the rest of the congregation in the sanctuary at the beginning and then coming back for the Eucharist.
In the times when the children are in the service, there is a space at the front of nave (seating area) where their parents can join them as they can colour, play with some toys and occasionally listen to what is going on. This is not a “squirm-free zone”- they are children and are expected to be children! During the “sending hymn”, the children love to play bells, tambourines and other percussion instruments to accompany our singing!
Sundays School is offered for children ages 2 – 12, with age-appropriate activities, stories and crafts that are relevant to the day’s Gospel and to growing as loving, happy members of Christ’s church and the wider community. Our teachers include professional teachers who have many years’ experience and who love helping little people grow and develop.
Every few months our children- even the littlest- lead the main service in the sanctuary- reading the lessons, bringing forward the elements, leading the music and the prayers and even assisting our priest in distribution of the bread at the Eucharist (Lord’s Supper). It is a worship service that is not to be missed.
Come experience church that truly loves all of God’s children!
St. Andrew's Children's Ministry
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