Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday September 6th we had a blessing of the backpacks. Parents were invited to have their child’s school backpack and supplies ready for our worship service. In case you missed it, you can find the Worship Service here:  If your child is doing ‘school at home’ and isn’t doing a backpack perhaps you could have some school supplies on hand.

Printable Back 2 School Prayer – Beautiful prayer written by Courtney DeFeo. “You can print off and tape on your forehead or their forehead. You can pin on their bulletin board. Hide it in their backpack. I just like to remind them that part of school is about their grades – but so much of school is about their hearts. So, let’s get our minds and hearts focused on the right things before we begin.”

Registration forms for Children and Youth Programs are available NOW! All programming will be held virtually for the foreseeable future. I ask that you fill out a form for each youth, please and email to childrenandyouth@faithunited.ca. Once I receive, I will signup each child and/or teen who is registered in Joyful Noise (3/JK to Grade 5) and JAM (Grade 6 and up) into Google Classrooms. You will receive an invite via email along with instructions on how to navigate. This platform will help keep our space interactive and safe.

Please see descriptions of the programs we offer below with tentative start dates.

This kit is designed to encourage and excite families in your community of faith to share, engage and create with the stories of Moses and Miriam and the People of God (based on some of the readings from the lectionary for this season). There are prayer practices and activities simple for families to do that foster all ages in their connection with God. There are suggestions for ways in which we can live out our lives as disciples of Jesus. All activities are available at this link! Thank you to Pacific Mountain Region for all their amazing work on this project.

 

 

 

 

Joyful Noise Online – Returns September 13th

Joyful Noise is Faith United’s weekly children’s program for ages 3/JK to Grade 5. This year we will be using the Whirl curriculum. All materials will be posted ahead of time on a separate secure and interactive platform, Google Classrooms. All activities can be completed at a child’s own pace. Children will study one Bible story each week that generally coincides with the sermon for that day. Through crafts, activities, dramatic play and movies, we will go deeper into each story. Registration is required. Children can join anytime throughout the year! We will also be hosting monthly thirty-minute Zoom gatherings, on a Sunday, where you can see your friends, catch-up and play games.

JAM (Jesus & Me) Online – Returns September 13th

JAM (Jesus & Me) is Faith United’s weekly children’s program for Grades 6 and up. This year as we will be using the Connect curriculum. With a bit of humour, Connect helps teens see the big picture of the Bible with the use of funny and quirky videos. Each week, readings and activities will help build an understanding of key Bible themes, encouraging teens to see the narrative arc of the Bible.

All materials will be posted ahead of time on a separate secure and interactive platform, Google Classrooms. All activities can be completed at a youth’s own pace. Registration is required. Youth are welcome to join anytime throughout the year! They are also encouraged to join Faith’s Youth Group who meets twice per month for games, movies, and outreach. 

 

Youth Group Online – Returns September 20th @ 7PM 

Grade 6 and up are welcome to join! We meet mostly on Zoom for games, prayer, outreach and FUN!

Please register so you receive the Zoom login information.

 

 

 

Events You Are Invited To Participate In!

 

Imagine Children’s Retreat (Online) – October 24th from 12:45 PM – 2 PM

Join Imagine Children’s Retreat online to hear story, play games and sing! Connect with friends and leaders, make new friends in a context that nurtures each person’s spirit and faith through play and more.
Leaders of this event seek to provide an inclusive space where children may have opportunities to wonder about and explore their faith through story, worship, music, drama and other creative ways that
deepen our relationship with God.
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Registration is open!
Each person to register by October 6th will receive a kit.
https://pmrfirstthirdministry.campbrainregistration.com/

 

 

Evolve.2020 (Online) – November 6th and 7th 
For youth, young adults and their leaders. Registration starts September 1, 2020.
Check back for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Links

Mental Health Resources For Youth

Duty of Care

How To Live-Stream Worship With Kids

Participating in live-streamed worship with children can be tricky; watching worship on a screen may be far less engaging than worshiping in person. Here are a few tips to help you get started.