The 613 Children and Youth Ministry

-please note that the first Sunday of each month is a combined Communion service at 10:30am in either the Journey or Tree of Life worship space.  There is no Kindergarten-Grade 5 programming downstairs on that Sunday.  All in this age group are welcome to join in worship where there is an activity table set-up.  Nursery and Tot programs still take place as usual.

Nursery Beginning – Birth to age 2; Location – The Nursery (main floor near the Journey Worship Space)

The youngest of the SMRUC community and their caregivers are welcomed to seek out the caring community in the Nursery during worship. Parents are welcome to come with their children during the 11am Journey worship service or drop-off them off with Brad Ellis, Nursery Coordinator, and his volunteers. We have a high chair, plenty of toddler toys and Cheerios and raisins for those who are ready for them. Infants and toddlers are welcome in worship at SMRUC, but if you think your child might enjoy playing with other little ones and you might enjoy some grown-up time in worship – the supportive community of The Nursery is ready to support you.

Tots – 3 and 4 year olds; Location – The Montessori Room (main floor near the Journey Worship Space)

Through playtime, stories, songs and crafts the pre-school children of SMRUC gather each week to learn Bible stories and have fun. They also enjoy joining in worship for baptisms and other special occasions.  Brenda and Alyssa welcome the Tots to join them while parents or other caregivers join in the 11am Journey worship service nearby.

The 613 Children Kindergarten-Grade 5; Location – Children and Youth Space (Downstairs)

Sunday morning at 11am (except for the 10:30am Communion Worship service the first Sunday of the month), one of our ministry staff, our song leaders, and our volunteer greeters and storytellers all welcome the kids in their very own worship space. After worshiping through song, taking up offering and sharing prayer, the children move into bible-based story sessions with a chance to explore and ground the story or theme in their own experience through crafts, games, books, videos, or other activities.

Just as gathering around the Communion Table is a important ritual of the Christian faith, each week the children take time to feast together as well. Over veggies and a drink of water or juice they are encouraged to serve each other and visit with each other creating a caring community.

We close by sharing how our morning went and “changing the light” – taking the light with us into our week.

The 613 Junior Youth Group – Grades 6-8; Location – Junior Youth Room (downstairs)

The junior youth of SMRUC gather over hot chocolate to talk and build community. They explore how the Christian Faith can be lived out in their lives. This group often takes on God’s-love-in-action projects, such as making music videos and raising funds for social justice work.  Marissa and Dave welcome the junior youth to their time together at 11am during the Journey Worship service.

The 613 Senior Youth – Grades 9-12; Location – Senior Youth Room (downstairs)

The conversation continues as the Senior Youth use multiple mediums to explore the world and how as Christians we respond. They are a strong voice in SMRUC’s ongoing commitment to Affirming ministry. Exploring other faiths, justice issues and more, they are a place to look for information of United Church youth retreats and find some the brightest young leaders in the SMRUC community.  Brad Humphreys welcomes the senior youth during the 11am Journey Worship service time.

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SMRUC Emergency Food Box

Did you know that SMRUC has an emergency food box located in the Junction space? It is for use by those people who might walk in needing an emergency supply of food prior to the regular Food Bank day. It is sorted and some may be sent to West Broadway as well. Sometimes our box gets very low on supplies. Please bring non-perishable food whenever you can to keep it full. [ Items like tuna, soup, beans, peanut butter etc. ]

"I love that there are so many ways for my kids to be involved at SMRUC!"

Barb