Children and Families

About our programs for children, youth and families

All ages are welcome in our worship services. There is a children’s play area at the front left of the sanctuary, and a lounge located through the doors at the front left of the church with toys, a washroom, change mat and speakers for anyone requiring a private, quiet space.

Children 18 months to 2 years may be brought to the staffed Toddler Room on the second floor of the Centre for Peace before or during service.

About 15 minutes into the worship service, children are invited to the front where the Children’s Candle is lit. Then, children can leave with our Children’s Staff to be brought to the Centre of Peace for their age-specific programs. Children can be picked up from their program spaces at noon.

Through storytelling, singing, art creations, and play, children and youth learn and explore sacred stories, practice rituals and traditions, and are centered in the presence of Spirit. Fun and fabulous programs encourage children to ask questions and dance in their unique essence as they develop a sense of belonging in this intergenerational community.

We look forward to seeing you!

To find out more contact Mary or call 604-731-3101. To learn more about our approach to spiritual education, click on Children and Families video.

Weekly Programs

Toddlers (18m-2 years)toddlers-or-preschool

Our staffed toddler room offers educational toys, art supplies, and a caring presence so parents can attend the service.

Sundays at 10:15, in the Meditation Room

Ps and Ks (Age 3-5)preschool-bubbles

Through music, crafts and stories, youngsters will explore key spiritual concepts and stories.

Sundays after Children’s Time, in the Youth Room

Primary (Age 6-7)group

Learn sacred stories, practice rituals, and build a sense of belonging through intentional games and play.

Sundays after Children’s Time, in the Fireside Room

juniors Juniors (Age 8-11)

Ask questions about our faith and witness God’s grace through the love of care of intergenerational community.

Sundays after Children’s Time, in the Great Hall

youthYouth (Age 11-13, 14 & up)

Our Junior Youth Group (ages 11-13) meets from 6-8, and the Senior Youth Group (ages 14 & up) from 7-9.

First and third Friday of every month, Fireside Room

Our Team

Mary Toth – Children’s Church Coordinator, Juniors (Grades 3 to 6)

Hi I’m Mary. When I’m not co-ordinating children’s programs at CMUC, or working with clients as a life coach, you can usually find me enjoying time with my husband and son. I’m also currently teaching the Roots of Empathy program at a local elementary school and taking ascience of happiness course through UC Berkely’s Greater Good Science Centre. I’m thrilled to be part of the Children’s Church team at CMUC. Contact Mary here. 

Elysia Feaver – Preschool and Kindergarten

Hi, my name is Elysia and I am a children’s staff at CMUC this year. I am looking forward to working with and getting to know all of the wonderful children and families that come to this church. When I am not at school or work, I enjoy playing sports and spending time outdoors.

Virginia East – Primary (Grades 1 and 2)

Hello, my name is Virginia. I can’t wait to explore Godly play this year. Working with children and youth is a passion of mine, and I am looking forward to a great year at Canadian Memorial United Church. When I am not at CMUC you might find me camping or crocheting.

Seth Kitamura – Music

Hi, my name is Seth. I have been a leader at various United Church events for the last 3 years. I enjoy singing songs and playing games, and I’m very excited to be working at CMUC this year.

 

Alex Tychsen – Toddlers

Hello, I am Alex. I get so much joy from working with children and often find them giving me so much energy! I am some-what of a musician because I love playing trumpet and I like watching tons of John Oliver when I’m not at school or work.