Children (age 3 – 12) — Children are encouraged to begin their Sunday morning church experience with the gathered community in worship. This time with adults includes a theme conversation with one of the ministers and introduces children to the concept of worship. Following this time, the children participate in age appropriate activities designed to introduce them to faithful living. We make use of a variety of teaching activities: drama, music, cooking, art, science, games and more. Parents and guardians of very young children are welcome to attend this program with their young ones until the children feel comfortable enough to attend the class on their own.
Youth (ages 13 and up) — About once a month our youth gather for conversation and activities related to church and faith. In the recent past there have been trips to community ministries, the Human Rights Museum, and fund raising events. Our youth periodically take leadership roles in Sunday morning worship and often look for ways to offer service to folk in our congregation and beyond. The youth program runs under the dedicated leadership of Margo Storey.
Prayer Group — Weekly prayer gatherings via Zoom will continue Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30am. Click on this link Meeting ID: 954 872 656
To view a pdf of this weeks’ prayer resources, please click here. April 29, 2020
Adult Study Group — From time to time we hold study sessions on a wide variety of topics. Sometimes we do a study of Bible passages. At other times we look at social justice and world issues with a view to understanding them in light of our faith. Sometimes we do these studies within our own congregation. At other times we link up with our friends at Churchill Park and Harrow United Churches or other groups in the community.
We encourage you to look at the Events page on this website or go to our Facebook page to find out when these study sessions are being held.
Resources For Home Use
Resources for Children and Youth
The Bubble Who Would Not Pop by Shelly Roark
A while ago, at Messy Church, we read a book “The Bubble Who Would Not Pop” by Shelly Roark. In the story a little girl sends her prayer up to God in a bubble. After we read the story, we had fun making bubbles out in our Churchyard. We used hoops of wire, pipe cleaners, water bottles with the bottoms cut out and lots of other things that the grownups hadn’t even thought of, trying to make the biggest, strongest bubbles that we could.
CLICK HERE FOR OUR SUPER DUPER GIANT BUBBLE RECIPE AND OTHER BUBBLE RESOURCES — Can you make a square bubble? Take a picture of you sending a prayer to God in a bubble and post it on FaceBook.
More Learning activities and ideas
Ascension Day–May 21, 2020
Although not as well known as some events in his life, the story of Jesus’ return to God 40 days after Easter, continues to be an important moment for many Christians. If you want to explore this with your kids, check out these activities.
Six Easy Ways to Celebrate https://everthinehome.com/6-easy-ideas-for-an-ascen
Celebrating Ascension Day at Home https://buildfaith.org/celebrating-ascension-day-at-home/
Activities for Any Time
Learn about the Symbolism of the Pretzel and make your own together at home.
Make a Coffee Filter Flower for Mother’s day — or any day!
Messy Church at home – Ideas for you and your family to do together at home.
One time tested way of nurturing the spirit is to maintain the disciple of keeping a journal. During this time of self-isolation we invite you to join others in a 28 day journaling challenge. Click here for a list of daily prompts. Self-Isolation Challenge
In addition to holding weekly prayer gatherings every Wednesday via Zoom, we also offer some resources to use at home.
Weekly prayer group
For a pdf of the weekly prayer group material, please click here.
Morning prayer resources
In many faith traditions, it is customary to pray at specific times of day. The discipline of morning prayer allows one to start a day grounded in God, and the intention to be mindful of God’s presence in all that unfolds.
For a collection of prayers for morning, please click here.A Selection of Prayers for Morning
prayer of examen
The prayer of examen, is a traditional form of “end of day prayer” which invites reflection on the day that is past, an expression of gratitude for what has been experienced, and an opportunity to explore in greater depth God’s presence in our lives. Our friends at The Work of The People https://www.theworkofthepeople.com/ have created a contemporary expression of this ancient form of prayer.
For a version of the Examen, please click here. Prayer of Examen