Groups & Growth
We desire for all children to know Jesus, love Jesus and share Jesus with the world.
Young Hearts and Minds
Children may be small, but they have a big place in our hearts at The Peoples Church. We desire for all children to know Jesus, love Jesus and share Jesus with the world. Your child’s early years are foundational for imprinting values and knowledge to last a lifetime. We want your child’s foundation to include Jesus, the truth of the Bible and a sense of belonging to the whole body of Christ. We are thrilled by the opportunity to partner with you as your child grows in Christ.
Sundays include large-group and small-group settings. We begin with a large-group time of worship and learning from the Bible using our DVD-based curriculum that encourages your child to love and serve God.
Please Note – beginning Sunday, March 3 we will only be offering Children’s Ministry during the 9:15 AM and 11:30 AM services.
We offer a special needs ministry during the 11:30 AM service for children up to the age of 12. Children are able to play, sing and learn about the Bible in a modified program that has additional support. Contact us if you would like to learn more about this program and see if it would be a good fit for your child.
Children’s Ministry Access
Parents and children now have their own dedicated entrance in and out of the west wing of the church—helping to streamline check-in and ease traffic in the hallways on Sunday mornings. To ensure the safety of our children, only parents with dedicated name tags will be permitted in the west wing. Anyone without a name tag will need to use the front doors or another alternative exit when leaving the building on Sundays.
Finding Your Child’s Room
Use the colour chart to find the right room number and group name for your child, based on age and unique needs. If you have any questions, please ask a member of our Children’s Ministry team on Sunday mornings.
We’re looking for Sunday volunteers in four specific areas:
- We are looking for people to help on our team that oversees the electronic check-in system and greeting families as they come in. If you enjoy technology or greeting newcomers then this is an amazing option for you!
- We are in need of leaders to serve in our 2:00 PM children’s program. This program runs for kids who are 2-11 years old.
- We are in need of people that have an interest in working with the very youngest in our congregation. If you love working with infants or toddlers we need your help during the 9:15 AM and 11:30 AM service.
- We are in need of leaders to serve in our 9:15 AM preschool program caring for our children aged 2-5 years.
If you are interested in any of the above serving opportunities, please register through our Serving Directory!
Parent's Book Club
We’ll be working through two books that will help your family enhance your spiritual life together. Follow us on Facebook for updates to further engage in the books with your family.
Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World
KARA POWELL, ART BAMFORD, BRAD M GRIFFIN
This book is one of the best books I have read that is designed to equip parents to engage their kids in how they use technology. What I love is that it sets up families to have conversations around media consumption without giving parents answers that do not fit into their family context. Right Click is the start parents need to give practical ideas and engaging conversation starters that are not solutions to their child’s use of media but it does provide useful tips on how to set boundaries that are manageable for everyone.
“When we talk about digital media in this book, right click does not mean a universally “correct” or “proper” way to click. It’s an invitation to step into the digital world of kids with greater understanding and create a plan that’s right for your family. When we “right click” on our devices, a menu appears that prompts us to choose what we want to do next. Throughout this book, we’ve sprinkled a host of options and suggestions, but ultimately you need to choose what suits your family best. We know families, but we don’t know your family.”
I grew up as an introvert and struggled with many aspects of school life, especially when it came to school projects that were group based or required me to speak in front of my classmates. This book is designed for kids to read with an appendix geared towards parents, but I truly believe that any book your child is handed should be first read by you. This helps you engage your child in what they are reading and, especially with this book, it allows for you to help your child put the practical tips presented by the book into practice. Quiet Power does not try to make your introverted child onto a more extroverted one, but it seeks to help them find their voice and to shape their confidence when they are put into situations they might find hard to cope with.
“UNDERSTAND YOUR NEEDS: The boisterous environments common to schools are often taxing to introverts. Acknowledge that sometimes there will be a mismatch between you and your environment but try not to let it stop you from being you. Find quiet times and places to recharge your batteries. And if you prefer to socialize with one or two friends at a time, rather than in a big group, that’s just fine! It can be a relief to find people who feel the same way, or who just understand where you’re coming from.”
KIRSTEN IVY AND REGGIE JOINER
Over the last five years our kids and youth ministries have been working on a philosophy of ministry that spans from the cradle to the graduation of college which we have called #Cradle2College. We wanted to make sure that our kids grow spiritually, and we know that to do this we need to know how kids develop in numerous aspects of their life. This next option for you to order during the months of February and March is one or more of the 18 workbooks that span each year between the cradle and the end of high school.
“Phase Guides are an 18-part series of concise and interactive journal-style books that simplify what parents need to know about each phase of a kid’s life and give them the opportunity to discover more about their children—so they can make the most of every phase.”
These books are designed to work with the Parent Cue handouts that are found in our Elementary Wing and they also work with the Parent Cue app. These guides and the research that has gone into them are what has shaped the heart of our Children’s Ministry over the past five years.
If you would like to know more about the Phase Guides please click here.
If you would like to order one or more of the Phase Guides please email Adam with the age you would like. We also have a couple copies that will be available for you to preview on Sunday mornings if you would like to see one before ordering.
Year-Long Bible Reading Challenge
Join us for an exciting challenge to help your family engage in God’s Word throughout the year! We’ll be using the Bible Reading Plan from The Bible Project, and there are a few things you can do to prepare for this exciting opportunity:
Step 1 – Download the Read Scripture app in your smartphone app store
Step 2 – Explore TheBibleProject.com and see what is coming
Step 3 – Create a RightNow Media account. By subscribing, all videos that are a part of your reading plan will become available for you to watch anywhere!
If you have any questions, please contact Adam.
Welcoming a New Child into Your Family
Many faith traditions celebrate the birth of a child through baptism. Here at Peoples, we offer family dedication instead—and with it, we celebrate the extended circle of support provided by family and friends who are welcoming the child into their lives.
Family dedication can be done at any age, until a child is ready to personally accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and be baptized. We encourage you to consider the opportunity for family dedication to celebrate the wonderful gift that God has given you—and to acknowledge your dependence on him in raising your child.
Family Dedication Classes
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, JULY 7 & 14 • 9:15 – 10:15 AM • W201
If you would like to participate in the next dedication, we ask all parents to attend a three-week course on parenting. The course will be held on the three Sundays prior to the dedication service on Sunday, July 21. Please submit a completed dedication form by Sunday, June 23. For more information, please contact us.