We welcome children at Holy Covenant, and have a very active and vibrant program for involving and supporting children and their families in our church community. The Rainbow Centre is a very busy place on a Sunday morning during the 10 am service.
There are two services held on Sundays. The 8 am service is a traditional Anglican one. The style is more reflective and quiet. The 10 am service is more contemporary and is designed to be child and family friendly. During this service, there is are a few ministries especially for children.
Godly Play is a group for pre-schoolers and children in K-2 at school. Godly Play is an imaginative approach to telling Bible stories using the Montessori method of teaching. Children are encouraged to wonder, to explore and to create.
Children's Church. If you are in year 3-6 this group is for you! We discuss Bible stories and themes and then make, create and play games in response.
After the first hymn children go to their group in the Rainbow Centre, and then rejoin the congregation after the prayers, in time to take their place beside their parents at Holy Communion. Godly Play and Children’s Church do not run on Family Service Sundays, or during the school holidays (we resume the Sunday before school goes back each term).
We like children and their families to feel comfortable, and there is no need to feel embarrassed if your child cries, laughs, talks or sings — as children do! We provide a rug and cushions, along with colouring materials, where young children (and sometimes their parents) often enjoy sitting and being quietly active during the service.
Once every term, we hold a special family service, which focuses on actively and creatively involving children, young people and families in all aspects of the service. We have no Children’s Church on these days. Each year we have a children's service on Christmas Eve at 4:30 pm and on Easter Saturday at 4 pm.
Holy Communion is one of the sacraments of the Christian Church — a practice that remembers a special meal that Jesus shared with his friends and followers. If you wish your child to receive Holy Communion, please talk to our rector.
We offer simple preparation for children who wish to receive Holy Communion. Usually this happens when children are seven but it can be earlier. Small children are welcome at the altar to receive a blessing. Confirmation is available for teenagers and adults who want to publicly “confirm” their faith.
We hold a number of informal and relaxed get-togethers for families and children fairly regularly during the year. These are advertised in our Weekly Bulletin, and if you would like to find out more please contact us.
If you have ideas, thoughts or suggestions, or you would like more information about Holy Covenant Children's Ministry or our programs please contact Pauline Lovitt.
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