Ministry of Families

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Several St. Davidian families gathered together on ZOOM on Christmas Eve Day morning to share time preparing waffles, cookies and Swedish Pork Pancakes, eating, singing, story telling and listening. The Ramraj-Thompson family, the Stockdales, the Outtrims and the Goasdoué-Wallace Laytons were hosts for the morning event that brought some 20 computers online in community. 

Special thanks to Sharon for suggesting the event, to Rev. Debbie for her leadership, to Colin for his masterful sourdough waffle making. Colin distributed sourdough starter to members of the congregations and Sharon did the same with cookie dough. Thanks to Ian, Hugo and Iris for their input. We had a grand time.

Monday, July 27, 2020

We have had an amazing month, tackling the Ministry of Families storage areas. We are preparing for the Third Academy to begin a rental period from August 31 to January 31. They needed six classrooms for their program and we couldn't find the floor in either of the two rooms that had been designated storage. As well, the rooms previously used by our children and youth programming needed to be cleared for rental use. We moved everything into the centre of Robertson Hall and then began a momentous task of sorting, recycling, garbaging, selling and organizing "stuff" that had been collected over the past many years at St. David's. The good news is that we know what we have now and can even create labels and find resources for future programming. Thank you Re-Opening Team! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Rev. Deb has offered up a way that we can help out our families who are self-isolated at home. We have a plethora of materials sequestered in two rooms downstairs that could come in really handy during our TIME OF COVID-19. Kerry has offered to itemize materials that we could lend or donate. Watch for updates. 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Today's story was about Jesus being tested by the High Priests and Pharisees, based on the scripture readings from Matthew 4:1-11 and 22:15-22, 34-40. Janice Rider with Diane Trew lead the young ones this morning. Tyson Carroll was the reader of the story in the sanctuary and he and Taylor read the scripture during the service. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

The topic this morning was Righteous Anger. Leaders Brenda Wallace, Marilyn Outtrim and Rev. Debbie talked about how stories develop as they shared favourite family stories. The story of Jesus and his use of anger from John's gospel tells about the people at the Temple, gathered from afar, not treating the space as the House of Prayer. Once again Hugo Goasdoué-Wallace had read the story of Jesus in the Temple during the service in his dialogue with Rev. Debbie.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

This morning the children met with Rev. Debbie and Mike Stockdale, following their involvement in the "Entering the Passion of Jesus" Lenten series. Hugo Goasdoué-Wallace read the story of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, riding on the donkey. The children will be involved in the service  throughout Lent. Next week the story read will be the story of The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The children met with Linda Michel and Kerry Duncan McCartney this morning. The children will be actively involved in the upcoming Lenten season.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Lila Ramdin and Joan Gray worked with the children on Sunday morning. The children joined us in the sanctuary for the Communion Service. 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

This morning, Rev. Debbie and Mike Stockdale worked with the children in Robertson Hall. Their lesson was entitled STILLNESS: A Drop of Water with the affirmation of In stillness I experience the peace of spirit and know my true self. This was Lesson #12 of the our "Joyful Path" curriculum, featuring the story, "The Storm" which retold the story of Jesus and his disciples being caught in a storm and Jesus saying to them and to the storm, "Peace - Be Still." It concluded, "As they turned toward the eastern shore, they all felt the stillness of the wind and sea and the violence of the storm seemed distant. They wondered about what they had seen." Questions discussed after the story involved personal experiences with storms and feeling "stormy" with excitement. "What do you think the disciples were thinking as they headed to shore after the storm stopped."

Next week, Linda Michel and Joan Gray will be leading the children. Blessings!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Kerry Duncan McCartney and Linda Michel worked with the children on Sunday morning. Their affirmation this week was "I am in charge of my own body and myself." We play with these affirmations during the week and it gives a springboard for introducing mini-chats as they arise. Our curriculum is called A Joyful Path and it truly does what it offers. 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

It is back to school and back to church time at St. David's. We continue to operate our Sunday program on a volunteer basis with lessons derived from an amazing curriculum entitled, A Joyful Path, and for each of our participants it is delightful to watch and sense the learning that happens. Each of the lessons begins with an affirmation that children (and their leaders) can refer to during the week or in times of need. This week, with its focus on humility (an essential to living the value of the month which is Encouragement) the affirmation was "I know that the Spirit of the Universe can do great and small things through me." 

We learned about King Reggis and his Royal Carpenter, Darek, who sought to build a tower to the moon, about how energizing humility can be in our day to day interactions and how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples because they were dirty and because Jesus wanted to show his love to them. The song that we listened to was an upbeat one. Here is its site: Enjoy!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Our "Pathways to Joy" program continues on Sunday mornings with volunteer leaders. Thank you, volunteers, for your faithfulness and to the children who come to learn in community. 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Rev. Debbie and Mike Stockdale hosted church school this morning. The children joined us for communion. 

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Volunteer leader this morning, Brenda Wallace, along with Lynn Wheadon and Debbie Stockdale, focussed on the story of the shepherds in the Christmas story. Brenda brought along her nativity scene characters, the shepherd boy and his uncle, as they learned about joy in the hearts of the shepherds. The affirmation they learned was: 

From Joy, we came.

For Joy, we live.

In Joy, we melt.

This affirmation is so important at this time of year when the anticipation of Christmas day is so compelling. Next week, the children will be focussing on Love.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

The lesson this morning traced the trip taken by Mary and Joseph as recorded in the Bible. Distances meant so much more when travelling by foot.  Janice and Marilyn worked with the children and the JOY tree decorations are painted and hung on Grandma's tree. Thank you. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Nursery coordinator, Vanessa, was at task this morning, along with helper, Hugo, as they entertained two little ones. 

Sunday, November 10 and 17, 2019

Special congregational services kept our young people in the sanctuary. This morning, the cast was preparing for their drama presentation following service. Their play "Shark Out of Water" was very well received. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Rev. Debbie and Mike Stockdale were leaders with the children this morning. They joined the worship service in the sanctuary for Communion.

After service, several of us gathered to discuss the future for our children's program. The annual 4:30 service on Christmas Eve day will offer special opportunities for children and their parents and grandparents to celebrate the birth of Jesus. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Kerry Duncan McCartney and her team of assistants worked with the children Sunday morning prior to their joining the congregation for the Blessing of the Animals service. It is so wonderful to watch the children as they interact with the animals, awaiting permission to pet a big dog or tentatively reach out to touch the snake, who has become a regular attender at St. David's - second visit this fall!!!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

This morning's "The Path to Joy" lesson was entitled "A Teacher of the Way: Who was Jesus?" Brenda Wallace, lead, and helper, Betty Smith, shared the story of Jesus and the times in which he lived. We ate dates and grapes as Jesus might have done. Betty, who had toured the paths walked by Jesus, some 2000 years ago, described her travels and together they shared the story "A Man Called Jesus." A quote from the story: "When you help others who are suffering with love and without judgement, even if it is dangerous for you, you will experience a Oneness and a sense of Connectedness to God that you have never experienced before." It concludes... "they could not kill his spirit. They could not kill the love that his followers had for him and the teachngs that he shared. We continue to learn about the life of Jesus because he was someone who was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in and because he had a message that we can still learn from.  We carry the teachings of Jesus and the understanding that comes from following his example into our daily lives. ... what we know is real is that these teachings have changed many people's lives for the better." 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Young members of the congregation remained with their parents/ grandparents this morning during our Family service time. We sang the hymn, Thank you, God, with the children joining other young at heart folk on the chancel steps, and even added our own thanksgiving verses to this lively song. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Janice Rider was lead facilitator on Sunday morning with the young people. The children joined us upstairs for the World Communion Service following their time with Janice downstairs.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Little did we know that come Sunday morning, Fall's bountiful colours would be covered by a very heavy coating of snow. But Kerry Duncan McCartney didn't let that interfere with her Church School Lesson this morning. The children focussed on how nature provides a closeness to God and at lesson end, the children were busy creating montages of berries, flower petals, branches and leaves. Kerry was assisted this morning by Joan Gray, Carly Jean Godfrey and Lynn Wheadon. 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Janice Rider and Corey Gamble shared their time with the children of Faith Quest Sunday morning as they discussed the Stories of our Traditions: The Bible and How we use it. The special guest was Janice's snake which held the attentions of the youngsters. Next weekend, Kerry Duncan McCartney and helpers, Carly Jean and Joan Gray will be working with the children as the search for our Church School Coordinator continues. Again, if you know of someone who might be interested in a 10 hour weekly assignment, who loves working with children and their significant others, let the church office know. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

There is a volunteers Sign-up Sheet in the foyer for folks keen (and Eager!!) to participate in the Church School program at St. David's this month. On Sunday it was Rev. Debbie and Mike (our St. David's Treasurer) who were leaders down stairs. Rev. Peggy shared a story with the children during Faith Chat time. Registrations are ongoing this month with the program in full swing. Our curriculum is called "Path of Joy."  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Fall is here and programs are about to start. We are actively seeking an energetic, child-loving individual who will coordinate our Faith quest program. We have the curriculum in place and all we need now are children and grand-children who want to participate in a rich learning happening. We love these younger members of our congregation and want them to feel integral to the programs for which St. David's is well-known.

Speaking of which we sponsor an amazing drama/acting opportunity for young people in our community and beyond. On November 17, the youngsters, 8 and up, will be presenting a play for St. David's community. Beginning started last night, September 7, for an information session and the next meeting is September 21 at 7:OO p.m. This program, the Chameleon Drama Group, offers amazing skill development with our own Janice Rider, (script writer, drama specialist) and Deb Charnuski (drama extraordinaire) along with the behind-the-scenes crew made up of family and friends. The cost for this program is $30 per family, rehearsals are on Saturday evenings with occasional Friday night sessions as the production date approaches. Further info can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the Ministries Page for Chameleon Drama Group's own page. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The positions of Church School Coordinator and Youth worker are being advertised as fall quickly approaches. If you know of folks who might be interested with working with staff, children and youth at St. David's, call the office and your information will be gratefully forwarded to the M & P Committee. Meanwhile you will find the young ones in the foyer during the service. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

With summer time programming, our young members of the congregation and our guests have been spending time after story time, working on crafts at the rear of the sanctuary. Thank you for volunteering to work with the little ones. They do enjoy the attention and the opportunity to learn. 

This week, the added attraction of the playground lured the little ones after their pancake breakfast. 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

This morning, Rev. Debbie used a bowl of fresh fruit to talk about the Fruits of the Spirit during her Children's time. The young ones adjourned to the rear of the sanctuary where they enjoyed a well-stocked craft table. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Change is in the future for our Ministry of Families, a program initiated by Alison Demeter during her years and devoted service to St. David's children, youth and the rest of us. Rachelle Hardin, who served for years on the Ministry of Families Committee, has resigned from her chair position and Lisa Hay attended Council of June 18, 2019 on behalf of the Committee. The structure of the Ministry of Families program will be changed this fall. Watch for further details as the summer months wind down and the church year for 2019-2020 launches into full swing.