Children

Program and worship ideas for children can be used in Sunday school, midweek groups, vacation Bible school, and more.

For Christian camp curriculum, see InsideOut (published by Chalice Press).

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File 2017 Children's Sunday: In God's Own Image
A worship service celebrating the Churches' Commitments to Children...
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March 1, 2019

In northern Ontario, Camp McDougall runs a week-long Rainbow Camp for LGBTQ campers and their allies. Director Deb Woodman talks about what makes this camp unique:

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November 19, 2018

Advent —a holy, four-week countdown to Jesus’ birthday!

Get ready to make room for Christ and the radical, countercultural messages that Christ brings. Throughout the season, videos, prayers, family resources, colouring book, and reflections on this site will introduce and explore the Christmas story. “Don’t be afraid,” an angel says. In God’s story, we all have a part.

Visit AdventUnwrapped.ca today!

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File All in the Same Boat
Jesus calms the storm in this service for Camping Sunday.

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PDF icon Back to the Future of Camping
A service celebrating the ministry of camping - a tradition and an inspiration.

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File Bread Not Stones Worship Service
Taking Action to End Child Poverty

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File Call to Sabbath
An intergenerational service for Camping Sunday.
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March 1, 2019

Fran Forsberg shares her experience of Camp Caterpillar on Candle Lake, Saskatchewan:

“Being a mom of three gender-variant children I was afraid to give my children the experience of camp. I was afraid that my children would be singled out as weird, bullied by staff and other children for the simple fact that they do not fit into the gender norm.

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File Camping Sunday: Pass It On!
Gather around the "campfire" in this service for Camping Sunday...

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File Canada’s Sixth Child
This service for Children's Sunday celebrates children and focuses on the quality of life for children living in Canada, highlighting the plight of children who are neglected. ...

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PDF icon Caring for Creation: A Service for Children’s Sunday
This service for Children's Sunday invites all of us to care for creation as a Christian community...
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September 11, 2018

In 2010, a group of Conference staff and youth ministers from Living Waters and Northern Waters presbyteries of Toronto Conference gathered to plan the first of many confirmation retreats. The retreats received funding through the Mission & Service Vision Fund, which offers financial support to new initiatives in youth ministry. Monies that were received subsidized the accommodation and meeting space as well as program supplies.

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PDF icon Curriculum Evaluation Tool
Whether you are searching for a curriculum program for a mid-week group, weekly Sunday school, adult study, or small group ministry, you will need to consider several factors.
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March 1, 2019

Every summer, United Church kids pack their hockey or duffle bags, backpacks or suitcases for a week or two in the Canadian wilderness. United Church camps offer a place of faith and fun. Children, youth, and staff gather, giving thanks to God for the beauty of creation. 

Many United Church camps offer camperships, where campers are able to attend at a reduced cost so that those who wouldn’t normally be able to attend can have a wonderful experience in the Canadian wilderness. 

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File In Story and Song: Intergenerational Christmas Service
Includes Christmastime stories from different parts of the world, and pairs each with a carol or anthem.

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File Living with Respect in Creation: A Story in the Style of Godly Play
A story for children to use during Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.
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March 12, 2019
We believe that child poverty in our country can and must be eliminated, and that a national strategy is necessary.

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PDF icon Religion in Life, Stages 1-5
This resource will assist faith community leaders in preparing youth to receive the Religion in Life Award in Scouts and Guides.
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April 3, 2018

Rendez-vous is a place where leaders can be inspired and, in turn, inspire youth and young adults in their communities!

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PDF icon The Young and Old, Neighbour and Newcomer
Involve all generations in celebrating Pentecost by making banners.

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File Twelfth Night Ideas
Ideas for celebrating Twelfth Night of Christmas as a congregation or family.

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PDF icon We Are Church—We Are Camp!
A Camping Sunday service that invites camps and congregations to partner around this invaluable ministry.
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August 28, 2018

In July 2015, 13 youth pilgrims and two young adult leaders made a cross-country pilgrimage to the 42nd General Council in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Katelyn Cody from London Conference shares her reflection on day one.

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File We Hold These Children
This service for Children’s Sunday focuses on respect for the rights of each child around the world. ...
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May 23, 2019

For Asian Heritage Month, Yoonjoo Shin, an early childhood educator, writes about the importance of having racialized educators who can embody inclusiveness for children from immigrant families.

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