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 old’s in one group and the six and older in another.

Registration Form

Junior Youth Group

Junior Youth Group is for Children in grades 4, 5 & 6.  We continue to offer monthly virtual meetings this fall and hope to offer some in person ones as well.

Virtual Junior Youth Group meetings will occur at 6:30 on Fridays Sept 17, Oct 15 and Nov 19.  They will include the opportunity to chat and play some games.  An email will be sent from junior-youth@stthomasunited.ca with a zoom link to join the meeting.  If you are not on the distribution list, are in grades 4 – 6 and would like to join in, email junior-youth@stthomasunited.ca for details.  All are welcome.  Evangeline looks forward to seeing you!

If you have not registered for the 2021/2022 season yet, please complete the following registration form.  The registration form will ask you to upload the photo release form and the Parent Approval Form found below.

Registration Form

Parent Approval Form

Photo Release Form

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, Caitlin or Jacqueline 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, Caitlin and Jacqueline look forward to seeing you!

For the youth registration package please Click Here

For the parent approval form please Click Here

Sunday Morning Activities:

  • In Person Sunday morning youth group will resume Sept 12.  Masks will be required in the Church.  In addition, we have set up a WhatsApp group chat.  This group is for ongoing discussions throughout the weeks, and each week we post a prompt, questions, challenge, photo, etc. to help get the conversation rolling.  If you would like to be added to the group, please email youth@stthomasunited.ca.  The prompts, questions, challenges, etc. will also be sent out in the weekly email so those who don’t have access to WhatsApp can participate as well.

Social Events:

  • We are returning to in person events this fall recognizing the possibility that we may need to shift back to online events if required due to new health restrictions.  In person events will be held outdoors, weather permitting.  If the weather is inclement, they will move indoors.  Masks will be required indoors and physical distancing will be practiced.  The youth leaders will send out an email at the start of each week to let you know what activity will be taking place, time of the event and the location for in person events or digital connection information for online events.  If you wish to be included on the weekly email, please email youth@stthomasunited.ca

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