Love Makes a Family at Oak Bay United
As a congregation, we offer a children’s Sunday morning ministry that is woven into the fullness of our 10am Sunday Worship & Song. The first part of Worship & Song is about 20 minutes long and includes song, prayer and sacred story. After one of the ministers shares the "Story of Our Faith", we explore the word together, and then transition to the second part of worship.
The second part of Worship & Song is about 50 minutes long. Children and youth move to children’s church rooms to explore our Christian story and practices, while the rest of the congregation remain in the sanctuary to hear the sermon and engage our Christian practices. The Sunday morning children’s church is vibrant and exciting at Oak Bay United, with dozens of people ages birth to 17 actively involved (the age-specific ministry descriptions are below). Children and youth are also very welcome to choose to remain with their adults for the duration of upstairs worship.
The Nursery is just off the Worship space, for little ones who need a comfy place to play and be snuggled, although littles are warmly welcome “in the pews (but actually we have comfortable chairs)” too! Breast/chest-feeding is welcome everywhere in the church.
Honouring Children & Youth
The Preschool, Children, Explorers 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 leadership team is supported by our Lead Minister, Rev. Michelle Slater, 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 Rev. Michelle, 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 4 year olds with their carers. It's held in the Preschool Church room, right off the side door on Mitchell Street. A simple snack, tea and coffee are provided. All are very welcome and there is no charge.
Look for the signs! Please follow us on Facebook for weekly updates and closures: @OBUCplaygroup
In the months of July and August, our children and youth ministries join together for WONDER SUMMER, 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.
Family Events & Multigenerational Connections
Oak Bay United enjoys multigenerational community in a variety of creative, meaningful and playful events over the entire calendar year such as: 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.
You'll find Oak Bay United's children and family ministry out and about, too! We love being active in the community, and offering creative space and fostering diverse relationships where children are honoured and families of all makes and shapes are celebrated. This photo is from our Make Art Together Tent at the Oak Bay Night Markets.
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)