St. Thomas United Church is committed to learning and living the faith taught by Jesus. The Faith Formation Committee is responsible for organizing faith-based activities at St. Thomas. As part of our church's mission, we use the Bible's teachings to take us deeper into faith and action, maintaining the belief that faith is a journey. At St. Thomas we take the Bible seriously but not literally.
Faith Formation includes Confirmation, Sunday School, the Nursery, Family and Intergenerational programs and events, and Adult Education.
We believe faith is a journey.
The journey of faith begins very early, and children are always welcome in the worship services. We do have a little activity area in the Sanctuary on the far left side where young ones can quietly colour or play during worship. If parents think their little ones would be happier playing or being cared for by a volunteer (with Babysitting Certificate), our Nursery provides a safe and fun place for newborns to three year olds. The Nursery is available each Sunday on a drop-in basis. If there is no volunteer, parents can also stay in the Nursery during worship services; the service is broadcast to the Nursery space so that parents or volunteers don’t miss out on what’s happening in the Sanctuary. There is also a lending library with both children's and adult books available for use.
Just as God speaks to us through the pages of the Bible, God also speaks to us thorough our day-to-day lives.
St. Thomas' Sunday School program is Seasons of the Spirit, a Bible story-based curriculum. We explore the themes and interpret the meanings behind biblical passages through a variety of activities, including drama, art, science, games, music and cooking. Children from three years through grade six are encouraged to creatively develop an understanding of the Bible.
The children leave for the Sunday School area to engage in their own activities after the worship service starts. Each week, they learn about a different Bible story from a variety of angles, focusing on active, fun ways to experience it, and wondering about what it teaches us. We have dedicated volunteers who lead Sunday School in two groups – the three to five year olds in one group and the six and older in another.
Grades 4 to 6 preteens, whether from St. Thomas, or friends of those who come, join for fun and community once a month on a Friday evening. They meet at the Church between 6:30 and 8:30 pm to play games, burn off some energy, have snacks, and get to know each other. Junior Youth group will meet the following dates in the 2018/2019 season:
The St. Thomas Office Manager will send out a reminder email before each meeting. If you are not on the email list but would like to be or you would like further information, please contact the church office at (403)241-0366.
In addition to the Friday evening social events, there will be Sunday morning programming specifically targeted for grades 4 - 6 once or twice a month that will be lead by the Junior Youth Leaders. Scheduled dates for the fall of 2018 are:
Other dates will be posted to this website, announced in the newsletter and in the bulletin once they have been set.
Volunteer leaders Matthew, Evangeline and Sam look forward to seeing you!
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to check out our Youth page for weekly activities and program.
God teaches us through our daily experiences.
Adult Education at St. Thomas encompasses a variety of activities that help our community learn about faith through scripture and experience; we encourage the growth of an inquisitive and exploring faith. Please check our weekly bulletin or monthly calendar for information on upcoming classes.
St. Thomas has a free lending library with a selection of books, videos, and games for adults, teens and children. Feel free to stop on the second floor to look through the items for loan, which are grouped by topic: life issues, church and society, fiction, Hebrew Scriptures, New Testament, Bibles and Bible Commentaries, other religions, healing touch, children's books and videos. Enjoy the quiet space or sign your choices out to take home and read at your leisure.