Children and Youth Ministry

Child and Youth Ministry Update

Our Ministry includes: Sunday School and occasional youth activities.

We hold Sunday School most Sundays during the school year (there is no Sunday School offered on Sundays where the Monday following is a holiday). We continue to average approximately 4-10 children each Sunday, with as high as 12 on some Sundays. For the past year we have had a dedicated group of volunteers: Jeff W., Jean G., Jessica B. and Janet S. and Sharon P. We take four-week blocks in groups of two adults each Sunday so that we meet Safe Church guidelines. Reverend Val has a Children’s Focus at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service.

Supporting this ministry can be done in a variety of ways and does not necessarily mean you need to “teach” Sunday School. Curriculum supports are provided that follow the lectern schedules so that what the children are discussing is the same things the adults are considering.
Opportunities to service in this ministry are always needed. If you are interested please speak to Rev’d Val.

Childcare Programme at St Anne’s
At the beginning of September we welcomed into our St Anne’s community two energetic young women into our newly revitalized Childcare Programme being offered every Sunday morning for infants to four year olds. Below you will find in their own words a little bit about who they are. As you meet them please extend a warm St Anne’s welcome to them. Val+

From Emma
Hello! My name is Emma and I am 19 years old. I am a student of Brescia University College at Western enrolled in Health sciences. I plan to graduate with a minor in Food and Nutrition to one day work in the healthcare field. My interests also include; swimming, kayaking, camping, and fitness.

I have lived in London with my family for most of my life. My grandfather, Micheal J., has been a member of St Anne's for more than 50 years. I have enjoyed being involved, and volunteering, at St Anne's over the years and am now comfortable with the church and hall facilities.

Additionally, in the summers of 2018 and 2019 I have run a STEM camp at St Anne's. My role as the Camp Director means I am responsible for the successful operation of the STEM Camp location and includes being responsible for all staff and large groups of kids ages 4-12. Making a connection with the families and playing a meaningful role in children's development has been amazing.
I am excited to start this new journey as a Nursery Coordinator for St. Anne’s and am looking forward to meeting everyone!

From Taylor
My name is Taylor and I am a 19 year old university student studying psychology at King's University College at Western. My long term goal for the future is to become a Child Life Specialist, a pediatric health care professional who works with children and families in hospitals and other settings to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. I have been working for STEM camp for two summers at St. Anne’s church alongside the other nursery coordinator, Emma Bobier and love the environment there! I have experience working with children of all ages in volunteering at elementary schools and babysitting from a young age. At home in London, I live with my mom and dad along with my 15 year old brother and my energetic labrador retriever, Lily. I would describe myself as a very organized and positive person. Some things I enjoy are: outdoor activities such as skiing and swimming and I also enjoy shopping and travelling. I am very excited for this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with you and your family!

Youth Server’s Guild at St. Anne’s
We would love to welcome you!
Youth are invited and encouraged to join the Servers' Guild here at St. Anne's. Our servers are wonderful – they help us worship well assisting the clergy in the leadership of the service at our 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. services every Sunday, and on special occasions during the church year. Servers sit near the altar, presenting the holy bread, water and wine, they prepare and clear altars, carry the cross, light the candles, lead the procession, receive the offertory – we love our servers and thank them for their ministry!
Requirement:  
Youth at least 11 years old who have their First Holy Communion and been trained and apprentice for one to two months with the rector and head server,

What are others saying? Here is a small sample for today's culture:

  • Consider your faith and commitment to God with My Hope videos. Personal stories about the impact of faith from well-known and everyday people.
  • Kids Rock - find out what Archbishop Fred Hiltz means at Fredsays.ca
  • Biblekids.ca has lots of great resources for younger children, from art to stories
  • Bible Gateway is a great resource for anyone who wants to know anything about the Bible. It includes many english translations and many texts from other languages as well.
  • Passageway.org links to online resources to answer faith question for today's culture. Ask a question or chat online if you need to talk.
  • Busted Halo is a site created by the Paulist Youth Ministries in New York that contains lots of current affairs commentary. Consider the Trivia Inferno game.
  • Huron Church Camp has lots of activities for youth of all ages. Visit their site to see camp details and how you can contribute by volunteering or providing supplies or assistance.
  • Trailblazing - a course of study for youth ministers and those working part-time with youth groups. Created through the National Youth Initiatives Team and Huron University College's faculty of theology.
  • Wondering about Jesus? You may find some answers - MyPeaceWithGod.net

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