“Let the little children come to me,
and do not stop them;
for it is to such as these
that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
During The Open Door gathering on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., Children JK/SK to Grade 6 are invited to gather in the Children’s Chapel where they have their own worship time. There is a special welcome and music, and then we look at the current Bible story. The children move into small groups to explore the story in activities, craft projects and discussions that are age appropriate.
Our curriculum is based on the GO! program. GO! is designed to foster a richer understanding of Christian teachings by engaging the entire child – the head, hands, and heart – with discussions, with activities and crafts, and by learning how to apply their faith in everyday situations.
Our Children’s Ministry teachers are all equipped and encouraged in their efforts by our Leadership Team. Come and discover what our children are learning!
During summer – July, August, and early September – we offer an easygoing summer program. It’s a drop-in format so children may attend whenever they like.
Here is what you need to know about our programs for the school year 2017-2018 and the summer program.
A nursery room is open for those up to three years old and their parents. It’s a nice bright space next to the Shepard room (in the south wing: from the lobby, walk straight across the sanctuary, turn right, then follow the corridor past the stairwell). In the nursery room you’ll find space and lots of toys and activities. The room is unsupervised, so we ask that parents stay with their children.
If you prefer, a small room at the back of the sanctuary is also open for parents and children up to two years old. This option is handy if you have children with you in the service and you wish to go with them out of the service for a few minutes.
The Open Door: A Worship Gathering for All Ages
The Open Door, our 10:30 worship gathering, is designed for the whole family. The nursery is open for very young children and their parents. The children’s program provides lively and active faith education for children up to Grade 6. The Junior (Grades 7-9) and Senior (Grades 10-12) Youth Groups offer an engaging and thoughtful program for pre-teens and teenagers.
Children and youth start out in the sanctuary (our main worship space) with their families, gather together at the front after the first songs and prayer, and then exit for their own programs. Children later return to join their parents for the final song and blessing.
Outgoing and passionate leaders, a variety of activities and crafts and, of course, stories and lessons from the Bible make for an engaging morning!
Videos from Children’s Ministry
Watch a short movie of the Christmas Story as told and re-enacted by the children of St. John’s. This video was made in 2015 and first screened on Christmas Eve at St. John’s.
Watch a video report about the news of Jesus’ resurrection. The St. John’s Children’s Ministry news team investigated the story and produced this report in 2017.
For More Information
For more information about our Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-225-6611.