Here at FRC we have a wonderful team of trained and vetted volunteers who love to teach your children about God’s amazing love for us in Jesus Christ! We believe that it takes a whole community of faith to raise a child and that basic philosophy is built into why we do children’s ministry!
Kids Worship at FRC
At FRC children are a part of the first half of the service. It is important for children to know only experience, but to also be a part of corporate worship. Jesus himself said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). Partway through each service, children ages 3-grade 6 are invited to the front for a special time of ministry. Then they are dismissed to go downstairs with the volunteers for age specific ministry area.
Safe Sign In
Every family has the right to be able to worship knowing that they are in a secure environment. When you come to worship at FRC, you will be greeted by one of our great Children’s Ministry volunteers to sign-in you child. It is also important for you to know that all of our volunteers have received program related training and undergo regular background checks.
Children & Worship
For Children ages 3-7 years of age, and potty trained
We use the Young Children & Worship curriculum written by Sonja M Steward and Jerome W. Berryman. It is a similar approach to montesorri education. And invites young children to experience and explore the Biblical Narrative.
Once the children come downstairs, they enter the “Worship Centre” where they are greeted by our friendly and loving “host”. The Host will ask them to quiet their bodies, remove their shoes and enter a special place of worship. Inside the classroom, the Story-Teller is waiting for them. The Story-Teller tells many wonderful Bible Stories using wooden figures and hands-on props. The children are invited to explore the stories and ask questions about the Bible. Then they are welcome to a time of free-play with Bible story materials and we enjoy a feast (a healthy- prepared snack).
When the service is finished, parents must pick up their children. Only Parents, or an “Approve Alternate Pick-up” is allowed to remove a child from the Worship Centre. Children attend worship with their parents until they are dismissed to go downstairs to explore the “Worship Centre”. There, children are met with a friendly greeter and asked to quiet their bodies and remove their shoes to enter this special place. Inside the classroom, their teacher is waiting for them. There are two adults in the worship centre at all times. The teacher then tells many wonderful Bible Stories using wooden figures and hands-on props. The children then get to explore the Worship Centre through play. They are allowed to “work” with any of the Bible Stories or to choose colouring, puzzles, books or the much-loved desert box (a sand box for all of our desert Bible Stories). This play based approach to hearing God’s stories allows kids to really explore and interact with each Bible story to help learn and love the stories of God.
For Children grades 2-6
Our Sunday School program uses the Gospel Project curriculum which teaches the whole Bible over the course of 4 years. Each week, children gather downstairs after the Children’s Message where they sing songs, read the Bible, memorize Scripture to learn how all of Scripture points us to Jesus; God’s Son who died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. In all these things, it is our goal to ensure that kids know they have a safe place of belonging in the community of faith.
All Children in Sunday School are required to be signed in. Older kids are dismissed after the service and do not require a sign-out. Younger kids, if not accompanied by an older sibling need to be signed out by their parent or an “Approved Alternate Pick-up”.