Children and Youth Programming
Erin Mills United Church offers age-appropriate faith-based programs that equip children and youth to bear witness to the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
During most Sunday services, supervised childcare is provided for toddlers.
A room adjoining the worship space is also provided for parents and infants as needed. A window offers a view of the worship space and speakers provide the audio from the service.While not sound-proof, the room limits noise from carrying.
A diaper changing table is available in the wheelchair-accessible washroom on the upper level just through the doors near the coffee area.
EMU Club offers Christian nurture for children ages 3 to 8. Our story-based curriculum “One Room Sunday School” explores the major stories of the Bible. Children engage the stories in age-appropriate ways: through arts and crafts, music, story-telling and games. The program provides a take-home activity so that learning continues at home. Our goal is help children experience God in the Bible story, explore God’s presence in their own lives and in the world.
The Junior Youth program welcomes pre-teens and early teens (ages 9 to 13). The program resource is “Seasons Encore,” a curriculum developed for culturally diverse communities. The program is designed to encourage youth to explore their faith and their Christian identity through the stories of the Bible. Current social justice concerns and global issues are discussed from a faith perspective.
Throughout the church year, the Junior youth are involved in dramas, music, sleepovers, bowling parties and other fun activities.
This program strives to address the particular interests and faith exploration needs of youth ages 14 to 19. We have developed a Bible-based program that addresses issues such as:
- community building
- group dynamics
- the value gratitude
- community service
- a world of faith
- power and privilege and
- the history of Christianity
Our program will also involve faith-based debates and discussions on various topics. Youth are occasionally involved in worship leadership, drama and choir.
Every second year, EMUC offers a Confirmation Program for youth who are 15 or older. The program is divided into four units which explore themes such as
- the Bible
- Church history
- Social Justice
- the historic faith of the United Church of Canada
The program integrates games, popular media, off-site activities and mentorship as integral to faith formation. At the end of the program youth may choose to make their first public profession of faith and formally become members of the United Church of Canada.
Special Youth Projects and Programs
Erin Mills United Church offers youth exceptional opportunities to explore their faith while helping others.
Other Events for Children and Youth
Popular seasonal events for children include:
- the Hanging of the Greens event, where families help to decorate the church for Christmas
- the Real Meaning of Christmas, where children help prepare gifts for others in the community
- the Christmas Pageant