What’s a Sunday like in Church School?
Every Sunday, children come to ESG’s Church School program to learn about God and what it means to have a genuine, loving relationship with God, with each other, and with the city and world we live in. Church School is offered from September through June during the 10:30 a.m. service. Children start their Sunday in the sanctuary with their families and then at a designated time head to Church School.
Little Ones – Newborn to age 3
Babies and children are always welcome to stay with their guardians in the service, but we do have a nursery room supervised by our wonderful caregiver, Lita.
Church School: Kindergarten – Grade 6
Kids participate all together for a carpet time with the day’s bible story, drama, prayer or game. Children are then divided into age-specific small groups for an application activity. Small groups are a time for kids to cultivate relationships with each other and the leaders and learn what it means to live a life full of God’s love. When the service is done, church school is also done! At that time, parents are asked to meet their children downstairs in the children’s ministry room and sign them out. The whole family can then join in our social time after service and enjoy coffee, juice and cookies.
Church School incorporates the Scripture and the Spark: Activate Faith curriculum. The teachings and activities children will be involved in will open their eyes to what the Bible means and how it translates into their everyday lives.
Registration for the 2017-18 year will begin on September 10, 2017.
Our Children’s Ministry Team
We have a solid team of talented and committed volunteer leaders who conduct the church school program, alongside our Minister, Abigail Johnson. We are committed to working with your children to strengthen their relationship with God while building a Christian foundation that we hope will follow them throughout their lives. In keeping with the Responsible Ministry Policy, all of our volunteers are screened and have completed Police Record checks. Our Volunteer Handbook outlines the steps we take to ensure that all those who work with vulnerable individuals, do so in a way that creates trust and safety for everyone.
ESG’s Children’s Library
We have a Children’s Library which is an incredible resource for children and their families looking for both Christian materials and socially conscious books. Come for a visit and sign out some wonderful reading materials. Our library also hosts exciting events throughout the year such as Meet the Author events and bookmark contests. Interested in donating a book to the Library? We appreciate new or gently used titles. Please contact Barb Long.
Kids & Kindness
Every few years, the children of ESG select a charity to support and learn about. We take it to the kids & they vote on the program that connects with them. At the start of 2017, the church school selected the charity Food with Friends, an after-school nutrition and fellowship for youth in rural areas south of Ottawa through the House of Lazarus. The House of Lazarus is a Gifts with Vision project that supports the work of United Church partners across Canada and around the world. This program feeds 85 youth a week.
How do we raise funds? We host fun events like our annual Cookies-in-a-Jar FUNdraiser and a semi-annual bake sale at ESG’s Rummage Sale.