Children and Youth

 

Church in the Woods 2018 consent and registration form

Church in the Woods 2018 letter to campers

Nursery

Infants and toddlers are always welcome in the nursery where parents can leave their children in good hands or continue to enjoy the service through our speaker system. Toys, books, a change table, a washroom, and a kitchenette with a microwave.

Our Children

Looking for an active, faith experience for your youngster? St. Paul’s is thriving with young families. Children ages 3 – 11 worship with their families for the early part of the service and then are invited to participate in Godly PlayGodly Play teaches the children about many aspects of Christian living. We have Old Testament stories in the fall, parables in the winter and stories about Jesus and Paul in the spring.  We mark the seasons of Advent and Lent, Christmas and Easter.  We follow the church clock through ordinary time and into the special times.  We learn the liturgical stories of baptism and communion.  They learn the unspoken lessons, about being still, about praying, about being in community, about welcoming and being welcomed, about sharing resources, being responsible for one self and caring for others.  The story matters, and so do the moments that just happen.
Godly Play is based upon the recognition that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the appropriate language to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.

Our Youth

Youth Group meets weekly on Saturday evening from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. We usually meet at the church and mix social events and service projects as we learn how to live in Christian community. Activities include bike rides, hikes, bowling, games night, murder mystery dinners, and service opportunities (e.g., visiting seniors, leading worship, retreats, camping, and much more)  All youth are welcome to participate in the Sunday morning prayer and faith exploration during the service.  Watch for the monthly updates of our schedule of activities or visit the Youth of St. Pauls Edmonton Facebook page.