Kid Fam Jam at Oak Bay United
On Sunday mornings, 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, 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. Children and youth are also very welcome to choose to remain with their adults for the duration of upstairs worship.
is for people who are in Grades 1-5 (about 6-11 years old). Children's Church gathers in the Godly Play room, beside the kitchen. The program varies - enjoying Godly Play, yoga, The Virtues Project, and learning about outreach.
Pre-School & Kindergarten Church
is for people who are 3 to 5 years old. They gather in the Children's Church room, at the foot of the front Sanctuary stairs. The children hear simple stories of our faith, work with thematic crafts, and play with one another in a warm and attentive environment.
is for people who are Grades 6 to 12 (about 12-17 years). Youth Church meets in the Youth room, which is outside the main church building, above the Gardiner Hall. The program rotates between tackling scripture, leadership, and outreach.
Leadership with Children & Youth
The Pre-School Kindergarten, Children and Youth Church are lead by staff and volunteers from the Oak Bay United congregation who have been screened and have a current, successful criminal records check. Volunteers are supported by our Children & Family ministry staff person, and we are committed to enabling leadership and volunteer opportunities in the Children's Church ministry. If you're called to get involved, please let us know! Contact Tressa, the Children & Family Ministry Coordinator to share your gifts and passions.
Mid-Week Children & Family Connections at Oak Bay United
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.
Point of Grace Drop-In Weekly Play Group
Join us Wednesdays, 9:30-11am until the end of May 2017, for babies to 4 year olds, and their adults. Held in the Godly Play room, off the Kitchen (at the back of the main church building). Enjoy a cuppa with other mums, dads, nanas, aunties and caregivers in a lovely space filled with singing, stories and play. A simple snack, tea and coffee are provided. All are very welcome. By donation. Visit us on Facebook for weekly updates and closures: @OBUCpointofgrace
Camp Spirit Day Camp
A four-day urban summer camp for children - rooted and growing in love!
Tuesday August 8 to Friday August 11, 2017
Three opportunities are available at Oak Bay United's Camp Spirit, with full details on the registration site (link below):
- Day Camp Program (9 am - 3 pm) includes snacks, lunch, T-Shirt and program costs $120/week
- Before and After Camp Care available for $5 per day
- LIT Program (9 am - 3 pm) includes snacks, lunch, T-Shirt and program costs $120/week
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)