Kid Fam Jam at Oak Bay United
Oak Bay United's 10am Worship & Song begins with about 20 minutes of everyone of all ages gathered together for song, prayer and sacred story. After the 'Story of our Faith' is shared by Rev. Michelle, children and youth are invited to continue exploring worship themes in age-specific programs lead by our Children & Youth ministry team, in our program spaces. The ministry descriptions are below. Children and youth are also very welcome to choose to remain with their adults for the duration of upstairs worship.
Honouring Children & Youth
The Pre-School Kindergarten, Children and Youth Church are lead by staff and members of the Oak Bay United congregation who have been screened and have a current, successful criminal records check. The Ministry with Children Leaders are supported by our Children & Family ministry staff person, and together, are committed to empowering members of Oak Bay United to live their faith by being an active part of the children and youth ministry. If you're called to share and serve in this live-giving ministry, please let us know! Contact Tressa, the Children & Family Ministry Coordinator, or Zach Burrill, the Youth Minister, to offer your gifts and passions.
Other days, too
Point of Grace Drop-In toddler time and Sacred Circle
Join us Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, during the school year. Point of Grace Play group is for Babies to PreSchoolers and their adults. It's held in the Children's Church room, right off the side door on Mitchell Street. Enjoy a cuppa with other mums, dads, nanas, aunties and caregivers, and time to give thanks for the gifts in our days. A simple snack, tea and coffee are provided. All are very welcome. Please follow us on Facebook for weekly updates and closures: @OBUCpointofgrace
In the months of July and August 2017, our children and youth ministry join together for STARKIDS, a multi-age program that plays with scripture, movement and games, process-based art making, and connecting with members of the congregation and wider community. For more information, connect with Tressa or Zach.
Family Events & Multigenerational Connections
Oak Bay United enjoys multigenerational community in a variety of creative, meaningful and playful events over the entire calendar year - Easter Egg Extravaganza, Spiritual Practices Nights, Holy Halloween, Carols for Young Children, Soup Meals, Games Nights, Babysitting Nights, Barn Dance, Karaoke + Pancakes, and more! It's love that makes a family (plus lots of other hard work, too!) - families of all makes and shapes are family at Oak Bay United.
Camp Spirit Summer Camp
An annual, urban day camp for children in the heart of Oak Bay, Camp Spirit is rooted and growing in love! Children from across greater-Victoria(and beyond!) are warmly welcome to come to attend! 2018 dates will be announced in Feb 2018.
More about the children and family ministry at Oak Bay United
Children, youth and families are full participants in the life, work and community that is Oak Bay United. In the Children & Family Ministry we:
- Share the richness of biblical stories and other stories of faith, with open-ended, positive and non-judgmental engagement.
- Offer spiritual practices from our Christian tradition, and beyond, with a focus on: prayer practices, being in a community, serving others, and sharing what we have.
- Uphold Jesus as an important and positive influence in our lives, who is a current, relevant, on-the-ground teacher of love and radical welcome.
- Support families of all makes and shapes and orientations in tending to and understanding their children’s unique, personal inner faith-life.
- Provide space for each child’s own individual experiences of, and relationship with, God to deepen - in their own way, on their own terms.
The Oak Bay United Children and Family Ministry staff and volunteer team do this by thoughtfully designing programs and experiences to resonate with children and youth. The main principles of our program design and leadership with children and youth are that:
- Everything is for them (not the adults)
- It's about the process (not the outcome)
- We accompany (not direct)
- We notice and affirm (not evaluate)