Childcare is provided for children up to age 3 during the Sunday morning service and during all special holiday worship services. Volunteers consist of moms, dads, grandparents, and young people over 12.
When you as a parent enter the nursery, you will be greeted by a volunteer or the parent-in-charge for that day. You will be asked to sign your child in and record any special instructions. Your child’s juice cup and diaper bag can be labelled with 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 Sunday School children leave and/or when the sermon ends.
The nursery has two sections:
- Babies & Toddlers: This section provides a fun and nurturing environment for children up to 18 months old. Appropriate toys and activities are available in addition to sleeping or being changed. And, of course, 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. Babies less than 18 months old can ‘graduate’ to this room if their parents think they are ready for the transition.
Sunday School Programs at West End CRC
You are welcomed and encouraged to attend the Sunday School program here at West End CRC. We offer engaging, exciting Sunday morning programs for children from age 3 to grade 6.
Note: The children sit with their parents and participate in the service for the first 20 to 25 minutes, until just before the sermon. When it is time to leave the sanctuary, after the children’s blessing and a brief prayer, parents may go with their children find the right classroom. Details such as the exact age groups can be found in the weekly bulletin and also will be announced by the service leader. Children of visitors are welcome to participate. Teachers, other parents, or ushers are available to help the children find their way.
For children age 3 – Grade 3
For the Preschool to Grade 3 groups, we are using a wonderful new program called “Dwell”. This is an exciting new curriculum that involves music, art, stories, crafts and many more activities. A typical Sunday morning for our children involves starting with their parents and caregivers in the sanctuary for singing and scripture reading. Before the message, children are invited to the front for a brief child directed message, blessing and prayer. They are then dismissed to the children’s area downstairs where they will go to classrooms with their leaders until the end of the service. In Dwell classes, it is our hope that children will come to know that they have a special place and purpose in God’s great story, and that he loves them very much. Come and join us, we always enjoy welcoming new friends!
For youth in Grades 4-6
For the Grade 4-6 groups, we offer Compel!, an engaging new program designed specifically for this age group by our Pastor. A typical Sunday morning for this group begins by picking up a Compel Sheet at the welcome desk before the start of the service. The Compel sheet includes the scripture passage and a series of thought provoking questions related to the message. It is our hope that youth will use these questions to follow the message. Shortly after the message, youth are dismissed to their classrooms where they will meet with their dedicated leader. Compel class gives this age group an opportunity ask questions, read scripture, relate the message to their own lives and pray together in a small group setting. It is our hope that this discussion will continue at home as families continue to learn and grow together in their faith. Come and join is in Compel class, we love meeting new friends!
Cadets Boys' Club
Cadet Boys’ Club
Boys in grades 3 to 6 (age 7 to 12) meet at the church on the first three Thursdays of the month, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Regular meetings include lessons, special projects, sports, and merit badge work. Special activities include such things as participation in Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Butterdome, a winter snow derby, an outdoor hockey night, an ice fishing expedition, a summer campout, as well as church and community service projects. Boys do not need to be members of this congregation to join the Cadet* group. All are welcome
*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 Girls’ Club
Girls in grades 3 to 6 (age 7 to 12) meet at the church on the first three Thursdays of the month, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Regular meetings include lessons, bible stories, singing, small group activities, badge work, crafts, games, snacks, as well as church and community service projects. Girls are welcome to participate in GEMS* whether or not they are members of this congregation. All are welcome.
* 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.
GEMS Verse: “And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8)
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