Ministry of Families

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Commitment is the value of the month and, on Sunday morning, when Vanessa asked the children what it was, they had no trouble answering. Downstairs they celebrated the first of their "Superhero Sundays" as they work on the idea of commitment and being superheroes in their own right. P.S. Iris brought her friend, Ivy, with her and Vanessa worked with them after class on their elastic bracelets. Thank you, Vanessa. 

Alison Demeter Minster of Families St. David’s United Church 403-284-2276 ext 109                                                  

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Youth Group Schedule 

All youth are welcome

Sunday, January 20, 2019: Youth will gather at 1:00 to decorate their room. Happy New Year. 

Sunday, November 18 1:00-2:30 - This will be Confirmation#1 Part A - video & discussion

Friday, November 30 evening 6:30 - 9:00 - Confirmation #1 Part B - Experiential

Sunday, December 16 1:00-2:30 - Youth Christmas Party

Friday, December 7 evening 6:30 - 9:00 – Service Project & Dairy Queen… Details TBA 

Contact Alison or the Church office for more information. 

October 7, 2018

 Alison and her team were busy on Sunday morning designing cards for Thanksgiving. During Faith Chat, Alison led a song which gave thanks and demonstrated gratitude for the many people who make St. David's such a wonderful place to belong. As usual, a lively game of floor hockey left the players exhausted but happy. 

Clean up will happen on another day - the snow presented a major obstacle to raking and leaf gathering. 

September 30, 2018

Messsage from Alison and Team...

Hello! Because actions often speak louder than words… 

Who: Friends, grandparents, parents, youth and children who would like to join in.

What: A “Rake & Run” service project to serve the community around St. David’s.

Where: After the Faith Chat we will meet in the foyer.

Wear: Warm clothes & bring your rakes.

When: Thanksgiving Sunday… Oct 7th.

Why: To show our gratitude for the abundance we have been blessed with.

Then… return to the church for hot chocolate with marshmallows. I hope to see you there…A.

September 16, 2018

Faith Quest met in Robertson Hall, Sunday morning, where they had easy access to the goodies being prepared by the Tibetans, supported by St. David's among others. 

September 7, 2018

Faith Quest is Back!!! Tiana and Taylor were at the registration desk before and following service this morning and Alison, Trent and Stephanie were on hand to begin the fall program. The young ones loved their game day complete with the parachute.  

Message from Alison

For children…This year we are going to be exploring the super heroes in, around and beyond us. This Sunday we kick off our exciting exploration with discussion and activity with the question, What do super heroes have in common – on the outside?” For parents… The Tibetan refugees that St. David’s sponsored and the people who supported them will be leading the service. A light lunch of Tibetan food will be offered after the service. We hope to see you there!

P.s. Happy  Birthday, Alison!!

SUMMER 2018

Faith Questers and youth were the gardening brigade (along with some awesome adults) as they made the church gardens come alive with colour and the promise of lots of flowers, come summer. 

They came to worship with the birds and the bugs! They brought trowels, hats, sunscreen, gloves, watering cans and plants.  African Daisy, Amaranth, Baby’s Breath, Bachelor’s Button, California Poppy, Celosia, Cosmos, Creeping Zinnia, Dianthus, Dracaena, Dusty Miller, Gazania, Globe Amaranth, Gloriosa, Daisy, Heliotrope, Kochia, Lantana, Livingstone Daisy, Lobelia (non-trailing), Marigold, Phlox, Poppy, Portulaca, Salvia, Snapdragon, Spider Flower, Statice, Sweet Peas, Verbena, Vinca, Zinnia -- were the options.

MAY 13, 2018

This was Christian Family Sunday and Mother's Day so while the big people worshipped in the sanctuary, the children and youth had a very special movie date, complete with popcorn. 

MAY 6, 2018

The Value of the Month for May is "Significance" and that is just what our youth and children demonstrated to us on Sunday morning when they posed the question, "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?"  Alison wrote the drama, based on the book written by Carol McLeod, entitled "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today." During Faith Quest and Youth Church over the past few weeks, Abby, Trent, Stephanie, Alison and volunteers have been preparing the drama. Yesterday, they were joined by the voices of Alison, Rev. Peggy and Rev. Kelley and accompaniest, Stephen Ross, as they presented a number of songs between scenes in the the drama. We were invited to join in the singing from the words projected on the screen. Ian, Sasha and Lauren did an excellent job of narrating as they showed us all the ways that we can "Fill our Bucket!" We even had a bus, driven by Trent, carrying a cat, a fish and a puppy dog. Taylor, Tiana and Abby led the service.

A highlight of the service was the presentation of Bibles by the Ministry of Families Committee, Rachelle and Claire, to the Grade Fours: Tyson, Flint, Sasha, Nick and Ian. Special thanks go to volunteers, Bob and Yvonne, and, of course, to all the folks who made the service such a SIGNIFICANT success. 

APRIL 29, 2018

The Faith Questers and St. David's Youth continued with their preparation to lead the worship service on May 6, 2018, Family Service. Our Grade Four students will be receiving their Bibles and the Grade Six'rs will be moving up to Youth. Judging from the activity going on after service, we can look forward to an exciting service. Alison and her Ministry of Families Team are hard at work getting everything ready. Watch for the "Snacks and Stoves" bake sale on May 27 - BBQ Sunday where Youth will be raising money to support the Calgary Drop Inn Centre and the Hearts and Hands Foundation. 

APRIL 15, 2018

The value of the month is "Discovery" and the Faith Questers are exploring the spiritual practice of Loving others and themselves. The Faith Quest year is drawing to a close and the young ones will be conducting the service on the first Sunday of May. Alison, Ministry of Families, has sent out the following request: 

Hello Everyone,

It is hard to imagine that the year has flown by so quickly and we are beginning our planning for the Family Service which will be led jointly by the Youth Group, Faith Quest children, myself and the Family Ministries Committee. There is important information below, so I ask that you please read it carefully: 

Please respond on or before Wednesday, April 18th. 

This year we have tied our program together using the book, How Full Is Your Bucket? We will carry this theme over into our annual Family Service by presenting the book, Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? The children have already begun to prepare by making props. Important dates to remember are as follows: 

Prop Building, Costumes & Rehearsals – Sunday, April 15th to April 29thRobertson Hall 10:00 a.m.  

Family Service - Sunday, May 6th:                        

              Arrive/Costumes 9:00 a.m.            Service  10:00 a.m.

 

  • Faith Quest Children: During the service, we will be offering a look at the spiritual practices we have explored this year within the liturgy and a short play. All are invited to participate in the telling of the story – speaking and non-speaking parts will be available.
  • Youth are invited to participate in the Rite of Exploration and worship leadership or have an acting part (entrance to worship, prayers, blessing, photos, etc.) for the service – please let me know what you are interested in.
  • Music and Dance:  All are welcome to perform a musical or dance piece within the service. Brent is happy to accompany or work with anyone wishing to play the organ.
  • Parents: Although everyone will be in the sanctuary, I need a few parents to assist the children during rehearsals and in the service.
  • Family Ministry Committee: I need some of you to help with the presentation of the Bibles and to assist the children with reading the scripture from their new Bibles.
  • Grade Four Children will receive their Bibles and read scripture from them. Those receiving Bibles are: Tyson Carroll, Sasha Galpern, Flint Kerr, Nick Hardin,  Kaitlin Sali, Kate Stewart, Ian Thompson

Please confirm that your child’s name is spelled properly (names go into their Bibles), if I have missed anyone. please let me know if they will be in attendance to read from their Bible.

  • Grade Six Children will participate in the Rite of Exploration. This is when the children are given a gift from the Faith Quest Program and welcomed to be a part of the youth group. Those moving up include: Neala Archer, Bennett Quipp 

Please confirm that I have everyone in the proper grade, if I have missed anyone, that your child’s name is spelled properly (names go into their gifts) and please let me know if they will be in attendance to receive their gifts.

To plan appropriately I must have everything in place as soon as possible… 

If your child(ren)/teens are interested in participating in some form, please let me know in what way by Wednesday, April 18th.  

Once I have confirmation of all who are going to be participating in some form, I will assign duties/roles/parts and be contacting you with more details.

Thanks so much for your attention to this,

Alison

MARCH 18, 2018

This morning Stephanie shared the third segment of Alison's story about the week leading up to Palm Sunday. Their focus was still on Welcoming. We all learned the third verse of the song, "Telll me the Story of Jesus." 

MARCH 11, 2018

Faith Quest children heard the second installment of the story about Jesus' arrival into Jerusalem as part of the "Welcoming" segment relating to our value of the month, "Adventure." Definitely a highlight of the morning following Faith Quest was the "adventuresome" floor hockey game. Thank you, Trent.  P.S. The stories as file attachments are found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

MARCH 4, 2018

Abby Hunter presided over the Faith Chat this morning, sharing the first segment of a story prepared by Alison. Come next week to hear the second installment.

FEBRUARY 25, 2018

The children continued their exploration around the theme of "Daring to forgive" through story and song. A reminder that there is a nursery provided for little ones. The Rainbow Room Nursery is equipped to provide care to infants to toddlers. 

FEBRUARY 18, 2018

This morning Alison spent her time in Robertson Hall with the children in attendance. This being Family Day weekend, many of our faith questers were enjoying the holiday on the ski hills or tobaggan runs. 

FEBRUARY 11, 2018

Our Faith Questers continued their focus on "Daring to Forgive" - a good lesson for all of us. The powerpoint shared with the congregation is attached below as a file attachment. 

FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Trent and Abby filled in for Alison, away on course, Sunday morning for Faith Chat and Faith Quest. Lighting the candles at the beginning of the service is a real high point to the young ones (and the big ones who help out.) "Daring to forgive" was the theme for the day. 

JANUARY 28, 2018

What a special day it was for Edison, Hugo, Iris and Xavier as they were baptized and introduced to the congregation as new members of the community. They were each presented with a candle to commemorate the occasion, a scarf and a gift bag. Cake and balloons awaited the little ones and their families, guests and St. Davidians in attendance following the service. Alison told the story of Jesus' baptism by John and several of the Faith Questers read excerpts from a poem.

JANUARY 21, 2018

The little ones who help Alison light the candles at the beginning of the service, do so with such reverance. The youth and children continued work on the sacrament of baptism (with a little bit of floor hockey following their session.) 

JANUARY 14, 2018

Alison and her team will be working on a unit on the sacrament of baptism in preparation for the January 28th service, "Baptism Sunday Celebration." If you would like to be baptised or have children baptized or would like to reaffirm your faith, you are invited to contact the office, Rev. Peggy or Alison. 

DECEMBER 24, 2017

The next step for our Faith Questers, following their intergenerational service on Dec. 10 was their participation in the 10 a.m. worship service on Christmas Eve. Thank you from the congregation to Alison, Abby, Trent and all those who helped make worship at St. David's so special. 

DECEMBER 10, 2017

Alison, Abby, Trent, with Norm, Bryan, X's and Nick's moms helped to make the story of Christmas very special for the young people at SDUC as well as for those gathered at church today. Their play, the product of intensive rehearsal and creative costume changes, was called "Four Guys Named Nick: A White Gift Mystery." Little ones, at first in pajamas, then period costume and finally in detective regalia (black hats and sunglasses) managed effectively to tell a story about the meaning of Christmas. 

Some of the young presenters will be taking part in the 10:00 a.m. Intergenerational Family Service December 24, 2017. If you would like to be a participant, let Alison know a.s.a.p.  

DECEMBER 4, 2017

The excitement grows. The little ones are memorizing their lines and have their costumes on the ready. Alison has written and will be directing the service on December 10. See you there. 

NOVEMBER 19, 2017

It has begun - the mystery of Christmas giving returns. Parents will be making sure their little ones have sunglasses and baseball caps, pajamas and bath robes on the ready for their service on December 10, 2017. They will be spending the next two Sundays preparing. Enjoy! Further info can be had by scrolling down to "file attachments" below. 

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

Our Faith Questers led us in a wonderful song of affirmation as they followed Alison's direction. "I am Amazing" is a great song to sing, especially the "like Crazy" line. 

OCTOBER 29, 2017

Our Faith Questers were in costume today as they gathered for a Hallowe'en Party after Alison shared with them a story about filling one's Invisible Bucket. We all listened intently and have been "filling our own invisible buckets" as we move into the new week. Thank you, Alison. 

OCTOBER 22, 2017

The Faith Questers gathered on the steps of the chancel to hear Alison offer a song about gratitude and generosity. They had a little walk in nature followed by a session of quilting as they continued work on their project. Next week, October 29, Faith Questers are going to be in costume for the Hallowe'en Party. All you young ghouls and goblins, come prepared to have fun. 

OCTOBER 15, 2017

A nature walk marked the beginning of Faith Quest for the little ones today as it will next week, weather permitting. Their Faith Chat focussed on a song of praise and members of the congregation were invited to suggest things for which we offer praise and thanksgiving.

Check the Newsletter below for specifics. Please note that the registration forms included below as pdfs will work for the 2017-2018 year. 

OCTOBER 1, 2017

It was especially fun for your SDUC webmaster to watch her little grandchildren taking part in the candle lighting ceremony at the beginning of worship of Sunday.  The programs is well underway in Robertson Hall and adjoining classrooms and you can read all about them in the newsletter which is attached below. (Newsletter Fall 2017) Remember that Ministry of Families requires a completed registration form for children and teens who wish to participate in the program. 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

Children and Youth started their programs at 10, returning upstairs near the conclusion of the service for the covenanting service. They were excited as were their elders as we sang grace then headed to Robertson Hall for our Congregational Community Luncheon. Lots of pulled pork, salad, desserts were available to act as backup to lots of great conversation. Thanks to the meal providers, set up and take down crews. 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

Continuing with the Faith Quest questions, Alison and Trent led the children gathered on the chancel steps. Abbey was at the registration table both before and after service as parents registered their young ones. 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

Alison, Trent, Abbey and Nooshin are gearing up for a new Faith Quest season. The youth met on Saturday night, September 9, 2017, and the little ones gathered on the chancel steps with "eagerness" for their Faith Chat. Welcome back, team!!

 

 

 

 

 

FAITH QUEST 

Here at St. David’s we strive to take the “school” out of Sunday. Our children’s program is rich in activity and offers an “experience” that invites children to explore our Christian faith in relation to our lives today. As well, we provide opportunities to participate in community events and service projects at and beyond St. David’s. For more information, please contact Alison Demeter at 403-284-2276 Ex.110 or children@sduc.ca.

Below are a few Children's Ministry Resources: 

  • SDUC Children's Blog, including YAMF updates and other events!
  • Sunday Server Newsletter (biannual)

Below are our Children's Programs, click on them for more information!