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 2019/2020 season:

  • April 3 – cancelled due to outbreak of Covid-19
  • May 8
  • June 12

The St. Thomas Office Administrator 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 2019/2020 are:

  • April 19
  • May 10

Volunteer leaders Evangeline, Sam, and Jennifer 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:

  • Sunday morning in person youth group has been cancelled for the remainder of March.  We encourage you to watch the live stream service each week.  The youth service on March 8 was awesome.  It is available to watch online as well if you are interested in re-living the experience!

Social Events:

  • Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, in person youth group meetings are cancelled for the remainder of March.  However, we will be offering virtual meetings instead.
  • A decision will be made regarding in person events in April based on the guidance from Alberta Health Services.  If in person meetings resume, the plans are as follows:
    • April 3 – Paint night using instructions from a youtube video
    • April 10 – Good Friday – no youth group tonight
    • April 17 – Naked Faith at St. Thomas
    • April 24 – Swimming at the pool in Cochrane