Sunday Programs for Children & Youth

Our mission with Children and Youth is to learn about God and grow in likeness to Jesus.  This mission is reflected in all the various programs we offer. We provide a safe and loving place where little ones are cared for.

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(Nursery) … where children learn the stories of Jesus and principles of faith at an age appropriate level (Age 3-SK and Multi-Age Programs) … where older youth can get in a little deeper (Learning In The Loft) … and where all are welcomed in the name of the God who loves them.  Below you can refer  to more information regarding each age group.

If you have any questions about any of our Sunday Programs for Children & Youth please phone Lisa Naumann, Minister to Children & Youth, at the church office 705-726-1511 or lnaumann@collierunited.ca

For all the information on our Children’s programs click here.

Nursery

We offer wonderful care for the youngest members of our church family. The teams are made up of volunteers who are parents, grandparents, teens and other adults who are ready to accept children 15 minutes prior to the beginning of worship. Children must be signed-in & signed-out in M7. Our Nursery Co-ordinator always welcomes new volunteers to add to our wonderful teams which are scheduled for one Sunday each month.

 

Age 3-SK Group

In September of each year children who are 3 years of age, or will be 3 before the end of December and toilet trained, are encouraged to move in to the Age 3-SK group. The Nursery is still available if they are not quite ready for a more planned program.

There are two leaders scheduled for each week and are ready to accept children 15 minutes prior to the beginning of worship. This class meets in the L9-10 for sign-in before the service & then for story, activities and sign-out.  Children must be “signed-in” – you have two options:

  • Sign-in before worship and indicate that your child will accompany you for the first part of the Worship Service. After the Children’s Time they will go to their class. It is a good idea that you ensure your youngest children are escorted to their classes.
  • Sign-in before worship and leave your child in the care of the leader or helper until the other children come out of the sanctuary. 

Children must also be signed-out by a parent/adult.

 

Multi Age Group

All children from grades 1-6 attend the first part of the worship service. This multi-age group then gathers in L7 for a story, a song and the offering before they continue to explore the theme or story through a variety of learning centers. These centers located in L1-6 may include art, writing, drama, board games, puzzles, active games, or baking. We have regular Leaders scheduled for this group for each Sunday. Parent helpers are always welcome to join us.

 

Learning in the Loft

Those who are in grade 7 to 9 have their own class time in the Youth Group Loft. Like the Multi-Age Class, they also attend the first part of worship. Then they gather for a time of discussion, laughter, activities and more!!

 

Program Coordinators

We have Program Co-ordinators for each of the age levels, Nursery, Junior Program (Age 3 to Senior Kindergarten) and Senior Program (Multi-age & Learning in the Loft). Completed Registration Forms can be left for them at the Reception Desk, or with a class leader. All children from Nursery to Grade 9 must be registered to be a regular member of the Sunday Children’s Program. Visitor Registration Forms are required for Nursery only.

 

Summer Programs

We continue to offer programs for all children Nursery to Grade 8 when we move into our Summer schedule. Our regular program runs until the end of June after which we provide a more informal care program until the first Sunday in September.

The number of children attending will be lower so the Junior Program (Age 3-SK) will meet together with the Nursery in M5-M7. Our Senior Program, those entering Grade 1 to those who have just finished Grade 9, will meet and remain in L7. Some of our regular Leaders will continue to volunteer but we can only offer our Summer Sessions if we have one volunteer helper for Junior Program and one for Senior Program for each Sunday.

Our regular Nursery Volunteers also take a well-deserved break during the summer so we need other people to sign up for the summer months. The Nursery will be open on Sunday mornings but parents may need to remain with their children if there are not enough volunteers.