Children in Worship
During Sunday worship, the children sit with the rest of the congregation until the minister calls them forward for “Children’s Time.” Rev. Roberto and his “young Christian friends” then take part in a fun and engaging Gospel conversation. This part of worship is always a joy for the minister, children and congregation. To close Children’s Time, the congregation sings a hymn and recites the Lord’s Prayer with the children before they head downstairs for Sunday School.
The goal of our Sunday School ministry
During Sunday School, Christian Education staff and volunteers read scripture together with the children and share in activities meant to make the Word of God relevant in the lives of our young friends. We like to link passages to an activity, craft, or movement game that allows us to interact with God’s Word.
Our Sunday School follows the same lectionary schedule of readings as the rest of the congregation. The lectionary is an intentional map that charts a three-year path through the Bible. By learning and praying the same texts as the rest of the congregation, we help to encourage Gospel sharing and reflection between St. Andrew’s adults, children and parents.
Older elementary school-aged children join together at St. Andrew’s one Friday night a month to dig deeper into the Bible and their faith. This three-hour program allows everyone to spend more time exploring our faith and lives together. For the next Kidz Klub, check the church calendar or the weekly bulletin.
Parents with babies and young children are always welcome in worship! However, there are times when it may be necessary for mom or dad to take their little ones to the nursery to provide them with care. Our nursery is located at the bottom level of the church, next to the washrooms. This is a safe, clean room equipped with a baby gate, change table and age-appropriate toys.
Afraid to miss out on the service? We thought of that! Turn on the radio in the nursery to hear what’s happening in the sanctuary upstairs.
Leading with Care
Leading with Care is “A Policy for Ensuring a Climate of Safety for Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults in The Presbyterian Church in Canada.” It is designed to prevent abuse and protect the vulnerable by providing a safe environment (including screening leaders and teachers) and to train and support leaders and teachers and to report any incidents of abuse, neglect and harm to the appropriate agencies.
The full text of the document is available for download from the PCC website.
The Leading with Care policy is not about us as individuals. It is about us as a body of Christ — a denomination — trying to ensure the highest quality of ministry by offering our best to Christ and working to make sure that the worst does not happen. It is a time for entering the age of lost innocence, whether real or imagined.
The Presbyterian Church in Canada is committed to providing safe environments for all persons, including children, youth, vulnerable adults and those who minister to and with them. The church’s ministry includes times of worship, service, study and play in all environments (e.g. church courts, congregations, camps) that fall under the jurisdiction of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. All staff, both volunteer and paid, must support this policy.
This policy is titled Leading with Care because:
- our Lord modelled for us how to lead with care as he healed the sick and infirm, and welcomed the young, the weak and the vulnerable
- it is our awareness that some people in our church need special protection
- it affirms our commitment to training and supporting teachers and leaders in our churches so that children, youth and vulnerable adults will grow in faith and the love of Christ in a climate of safety.
For more information, contact Ian McDonald or call 416-441-1111 or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 289.