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 6-10 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 11-17 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.
Other days, too
Point of Grace Drop-In toddler time and Sacred Circle
Join us Tuesdays, 9:30-11am, starting September 12th. Point of Grace 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. By donation. Visit us on Facebook for weekly updates and closures: @OBUCpointofgrace
In the months of July and August 2017, our children and youth ministry joins 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.
Mid-Week Children & Family Connections 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.
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.
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)
Your Ministry with 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.