YOUTH & FAMILIES MINISTRIES
Loving God and one another,
we are diverse, vibrant, and growing!
Our Sunday school classes take place in the basement below the Memorial Hallway (where coffee time is held). Our other Sunday school classes are divided into primary (grades 1-3) and junior (grades 4-6) grades. In 2011 our Sunday school rooms were fully renovated and offer an attractive and functional space for our children to play, learn and grow together.
Our Sunday morning faith forum youth program is for students in grades 7-10. This takes place in the Friendship Lounge off the Memorial Hallway. Older teens volunteer in the other programs or worship with the congregation. Watch out also for the Second Blessing Coffee Shop which our youth run on a monthly basis after the service. Confirmation classes are also offered for those in grades eight and up.
Intergenerational worship services, in which the young people participate actively, are also a regular part of life at Parkdale. However, Sunday morning programming does not have to be the extent of what we offer in family ministry. Have a great idea for a special event? Looking to share Sunday dinner with other families at the church? Why not send us a few of your suggestions!
Looking forward to learning with you again this year!
to children and youth is at the very core of Parkdale's work and purpose.
Consider Deuteronomy 6: 4-7
Our teachers are creating a safe place for your child
Who are our teachers? Warm, caring people, committed to their own faith journeys and invested in the faith formation of children are who serve as our teachers. Many of them have children in the Sunday school. Others don't. What our teachers have in common is a love for children and a passion for sharing the Good News.
providing a safe, effective Sunday School program is so essential, we always provide
mentorship to new teachers. Teachers are also expected to complete a police
check. Our Sunday school rooms and nursery are designed with windows so that
activities can be easily observed.
Our nursery is
an important ministry in our church, not only because it provides love and
care to our babies and toddlers, but because it links young families,
offering them fellowship and mutual support. If you aren’t comfortable
leaving your child, we welcome your presence in the nursery where you can
still hear the service through our sanctuary sound feed.
Small children understand love through actions – gentle encouragement, praise, and the gift of time. We believe that a child’s first experience of God happens through the care shown by loving adults and the wonder these people take in a young child’s questions and feelings about God.
program for school age kids is divided into primary (grades 1-3) and junior
(grades 4-6) classes. While the classes work through a curriculum, there are
many opportunities to explore faith through areas such as music, art and
Youth is a bi-weekly program that encourages community, friendship, faith
sharing and fun for kids 10-14. We meet on Sunday evenings from 5-7 with
programming that is largely planned by the youth themselves and supported by
the adult volunteers. There is an emphasis on reaching out to others as a
tangible expression of our Christian faith.
Youth Ministry: Vibrant, Diverse, and Growing! There is an age group crossover between Junior Youth and Senior Youth as the “seniors” begin in grade 7 attending Faith Forum on Sunday mornings where there is special attention paid to learning the basics of Christianity.
Once a month the youth open the doors of Second Blessing coffee shop to offer hospitality to the wider church community. Sometimes this is a meal of soup or sandwiches, on others it is baked goods only but the common factor is the Fair Trade tea and coffee which is served to ensure that growers are treated equitably.
Youth in this age group are encouraged to volunteer at Parkdale’s In From the Cold program and to find other ways to integrate themselves into the service and ministry of our congregation.
sports and outings are also part of the program.
Parkdale Family Events - For
families of every configuration!
have been hearing a lot in the media of late about how busy and over
programmed our lives are and those of our children as well. We are blessed to
be able to offer them so many opportunities to learn: sports, music, theatre,
dance, art…. We hope to develop in our children useful skills, lifelong
passions and openness to new experiences. My husband and I were recently
talking about our dreams for our son, who just turned three. I realized that
it was his Christian education that was the most important thing I wanted him
to learn in his childhood. It is this that will give him the skills he needs
to lead a meaningful, generous and fulfilled life. I was lucky to have been
raised in this congregation and to have received this education at home and
at Parkdale. When I see the ever-growing stampede of children heading off to
Sunday School each week, I thank God that there are a lot of parents who are
making the same decision. Learning how to worship and to serve is just as
important as learning how to run and throw.