Families of all shapes, sizes and ages can find a place at FBCH to grow, learn, and be in community together. For more information, contact Jenny Drewitz, our Minister of Faith Development.
I like going to FBCH because of the community of people there that make me feel welcome and because my family attended. I like the Bible Stories.
Godly Play, Sunday Worship
In 2018, the congregation made a significant investment in our children and youth by bringing Godly Play to FBCH. Godly Play is a Montessori-style method of faith formation that invites self-discovery. Godly Play celebrates the spiritual lives of all of God’s children through living into the stories of faith. For more information on Godly Play, visit: godlyplay.ca
Children and youth from primary to grade 12 are invited to join us on Sunday morning following the children’s story (they begin the morning worshipping with the larger community). All ages gather in the storytelling circle to enter our sacred story—stories from the Bible and from the Christian faith tradition. Following the story, youth (grades 6 and up) will respond together in the youth room while children continue in the Godly Play children’s sanctuary to reflect on the stories through art and playing with story elements.
Church Crèche (Nursery), Sunday Worship
FBCH has a lovely room on the second floor that is filled with age appropriate toys for children ages 0-5. Each Sunday from 10:15am to 12:15pm, an Early Childhood Educator (police screened and First Aid certified) is available to stay with your child(ren). Parents and guardians are more than welcome to stay to comfort or play with their children. The worship service can be heard through the speaker system into the Crèche. A washroom with diaper changing station and a mini fridge with drink boxes are all within the space.
I come to Parent and Tot because I love the sense of community it has. The children get to play with friends they may not see other times of the week while the parents get to have fellowship and time together as adults. It’s nice to have a coffee and chat with someone who knows what you are going through as a parent and share dilemmas and successes with them.
Parent and Tot Drop-in, Wednesday Mornings from 9:30am-11am
Parents/guardians and children up to age 5 are welcome to come for a morning drop-in play time in the FBCH Crèche. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with parents in the neighbourhood, meet new children, and support other parents. This is a free program; the coffee is always on! The drop-in provides time for free play with a closing circle time of story and song at 10:45 am.
Children in Worship
Our Sunday morning worship services includes opportunities for children to serve by lighting of the Christ candle, reading scripture lessons, and ushering. There is also a children’s story most Sundays on the chancel steps. For those that would prefer to stay in the service rather than attend the Crèche or Godly Play, worship activity bags are available at the back of the church.
Youth from grade 6-12 meet together for Bible studies, service projects, and social events at the church and in our community. This social justice loving group is always looking for ways to make a difference. The group has purchased Christmas gifts for families in need, cooked and served dinner for the ARK Sunday Supper, sorted food at a local food bank, and enjoyed activities like playing a round of mini golf, rock climbing, and laser tag. Youth Bible studies in host family homes are a favourite throughout the year—we start with dinner together and then study a book of the Bible over a three-week period.
I really love the Youth Bible Study. There's nothing better than sharing a meal with friends and then learning about God's love together. Rev. Jenny is amazing, honestly. She is able to deliver God's word in a way that makes us curious, and full of wonder.