Childcare is provided for children up to age 3 during all worship services. The goal of the nursery ministry is to provide safe, secure, nurturing, clean and efficient care for all children, whether they are a one-time guest, visitor or regular attender.
The nursery has two sections:
- Babies and Toddlers: This section provides a fun and nurturing environment for children up to 18 months old. Age-appropriate toys and activities are available as well as changing stations and a sleep room. There are always loving arms for cuddling.
- Preschoolers: This section is for children age 18 months to 3 years. The toys and activities in this room include riding toys, indoor slide, colouring books, and reading books.
When you as a parent enter the nursey, you will be greeted by a volunteer or the parent-in-charge for that day. You will be asked to sign your child in through our electronic sign in system, called touchpoint. Sign in will include basic information, including allergies, and any other special instructions you may have, in order that we may best care for your child. Your child’s belongings, including cup and diaper bag, can be labelled with the materials provided.
You are welcome to visit the nursery to check on your child at any time during the service. Common points in the service to “peek” are when the Faith Walk children depart, and/or when the sermon ends.
The nursery is “staffed” by a large group of volunteers consisting of parents, grandparents, church members and teens. All adult volunteers are screened and trained according to our “Safe Church” policy. (click the link for more information on our safe church policy)
“Let your roots grow down into Jesus Christ, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” ~ Col 2:7 (NLT)
On Sunday mornings, throughout the year, children age 3 to Grade 6 are invited to participate in our Faith Walk ministry.
As you arrive for Sunday worship, you will be invited to check in your child/ren for Faith Walk on the computer located at the welcome desk. At the welcome desk, there are also children’s bulletins for ages 3-Grade 3, as well as Compel! sheets for Grades 4-6. The Compel! sheets include a series of thought-provoking questions related to the worship service and sermon.
Children then accompany their families and/or caregivers into the sanctuary for singing and scripture reading. After the scripture reading, children, ages 3-Grade 3 are invited forward for the children’s message, prayer and blessing, after which they are welcomed to continue their worship in the Faith Walk classrooms located in the basement. The children check in with their Faith Walk teacher and then join together for singing and prayer and then gather in their classrooms for Bible stories, crafts, games and other activities. Following the service, children ages 3-Grade 1 are picked up by their parents from their Faith Walk classroom.
The Compel! students (Grades 4-6) remain in the service until after the sermon, at which time they depart, with the Compel! leader, to discuss their responses to the questions on the Compel! sheets. Compel! gives this age group an opportunity to ask questions, read scripture, relate the message to their own lives and pray together in a small group setting.
Faith Walk is led by a large group of volunteers consisting of parents, grandparents, church members and teens. All adult volunteers are screened and trained according to our “Safe Church” policy. (click the link for more information on our safe church policy)
It is our prayer that all children will come to know that they have a special place and purpose in God’s great story, and that God loves them very much. Come and join us, we always enjoy welcoming new friends!
Cadets Boys' Club
Cadets is a club for boys grades 2-6. It meets the first three Thursdays of the month (October-April) from 7:00-8:30pm in the church building. Regular meetings include lessons, special projects and activities, sports and merit badge work.
Cadets is made up of boys from the neighbourhood, surrounding community, friends, and congregation. All are welcome!
WECRC Cadets is led by a large group of volunteers from WECRC. All adult volunteers are screened and trained according to our “Safe Church” policy. (click the link for more information on our safe church policy)
Luke 2:52 states that “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” The goal of the Cadets based upon that verse, is to help boys to grow spiritually in all areas of life (devotional, mental, physical, and social).
*The Cadets (Calvinist Cadet Corps) is an independent (non-denominational) youth ministry organization whose purpose is to provide the local church with ministry programs that will enable them to effectively share Christ’s love with boys from their church and community. Founded in 1952, the Corps has more than 600 clubs throughout North America, a brother organization in Australia and New Zealand, and since 2006 has been working in Kenya and Uganda. The organization uses the title “Calvinist” to honor the Protestant reformer, John Calvin, who devoted his life to the religious education of God’s children.
GEMS Girls' Club (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Saviour)
GEMS is a club for girls grades 2-6. It meets the first three Thursdays of the month (October-April) from 7:00-8:30pm in the church building. Regular meetings include lessons, Bible stories, singing, small group activities, badge work, crafts, games, snacks, as well as church and community service projects.
GEMS consists of girls from the neighbourhood, surrounding community, friends, and congregation. All are welcome!
WECRC GEMS is led by a group of volunteers from WECRC. All adult volunteers are screened and trained according to our “Safe Church” policy. (click the link for more information on our safe church policy)
“And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.” ~ Micah 6:8
* At GEMS, girls (click on the blue link to see more) are welcomed into a vibrant community of mentors and peers who genuinely care about them. GEMS offers girls the perfect place to learn and grow as they discover who God created them to be. Along with this all-important relationship between each girl and Christ, other relationships are nurtured as well–between girls and between girls and their counselor/leader. The ministry of GEMS has been serving churches since about 1955. More than 20,000 girls are members of GEMS Girls’ Clubs, with some 5000 women serving as their counselors and mentors.