Youth2019-03-18T17:10:30+00:00

Children and Youth Programs

St. Thomas united Church Calgary NW Nursery

Nursery

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.

Sunday School

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.

Junior Youth Group

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:

  • September 21
  • October 12
  • November 23
  • December 14
  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 7

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.

All youth attending are requested to fill out a registration and waiver form the first time they attend each school year. Further information is available in the parent information letter. parent information letter

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:

  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 17
  • April 7
  • April 28
  • May 5
  • June 9

Volunteer leaders Matthew, Evangeline and Sam look forward to seeing you!

Youth Group

All youth in grades 7 through 12 are welcome as are their friends. Sunday morning youth group is a time for learning about the day’s scripture, discussion on a variety of topics of interest to the youth and catching up. There is youth group each week from the Sunday after Labour Day until late June.

We have a weekly social activity that usually occurs on Friday evenings, with the occasional social activity held on a Saturday or Sunday instead. Activities may be at the Church or another venue, and we typically meet between 6:30 and 9:30. For events held at St. Thomas we start in the upper hall, and for events away from the Church we meet in the upper parking lot of St. Thomas to arrange rides. Variations to event days or times will be communicated in weekly emails.

If you have any questions or would be interested in receiving emails regarding social activities, check out the youth group registration and information package, talk to Heather, Eden or Caitlin or email youth@stthomasunited.ca. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When youth who have not already registered arrive at a social event by their own means, the parent approval form must have been completed by a parent or guardian and brought to the event.

Leaders Heather, Eden, Caitlin, and Matt look forward to seeing you!

For the youth registration package please Click Here

For the parent approval form please Click Here

Sunday Morning Activities:

During March and April we will be watching episodes of ‘The Good Place’ series and discussing the themes.  In May, the messages and special music for the services will be from ‘The Greatest Showman’ movie.  In addition, the following dates are of particular interest:

  • March 31 – Breakfast will be served at 9:00
  • April 14 – Palm Sunday.  The two youth who are being confirmed on Easter Sunday will talk about their faith journey
  • April 21 – Easter Sunday.  No youth group today.  Enjoy the services with your family!
  • April 28 – Breakfast will be served at 9:00
  • May 12 – The youth will be running a cake walk following the service to raise funds for the Skipping Stone Foundation.  Come win a cake for your Mom on Mother’s Day.
  • May 26 – Breakfast will be served at 9:00

Social Events:

  • March 22 – Board Games
  • March 29 – Movie night
  • April 5 – Bowling
  • April 12 – Naked Faith at Living Spirit United Church. At Naked Faith, we join together with youth from other Churches across Calgary for a simple meal and a youth oriented service followed by games.  Supper is served between 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  The service starts at 7:00.  We’ll be back to St. Thomas by 11:00.
  • April 19 – Good Friday – no youth group tonight
  • April 26 – Amazing Race
  • May 3 – Greatest Showman Pizza and Movie night – Pizza at 6:00.  The movie will start at 6:30.
  • May 4/5 – All night Lazer Tag!  This is a city wide youth event hosted by the Regional Youth Ministry.  Preregistration will be required.  Forms will be available in April.  Meet at the Church at 11:30 pm and return to the Church by 6:30 am.
  • May 10 – Naked Faith.  Location TBD.  At Naked Faith, we join together with youth from other Churches across Calgary for a simple meal and a youth oriented service followed by games.  Supper is served between 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  The service starts at 7:00.  We’ll be back to St. Thomas by 11:00.
  • May 17 – games night
  • May 24 – Tie Dying
  • May 31 – June 2 – Annual youth retreat weekend.  This year, it will be held at Camp Kasota East.  More information to come.