Ministry of Families

Note: Check out the new YOUTH ACTIVITIES page on the upper left side of Ministry of Families.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Batman and Supergirl, Nick and Sasha, helped Alison tell the story about Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. Superpowers of Batman and Supergirl followed the example of Jesus, who knew that his arrival would create opposition from the Roman power structure in Jerusalem but he was prepared to face whatever would come. Alison had gathered a host of palm branch-carrying children and adults dressed in the homespun robes of Jesus' time. As they entered the sanctuary, they surrounded the congregation and soon we all had palm branches to wave while we were singing. We are so much in debt to Alison for the time and talent she shares with us on a regular basis. We are so blessed. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Our special guest this morning in dialogue with Alison was "Supergirl." The story that Alison related was about Naomi and her devotion to her family. Following Faith Chat, the Faith Questers returned to Robertson Hall for their time together while Alison continued presiding over the Worship Service along with Youth Group members, Tiana, Taylor, Laura, Lauren, William and A.J. Their presentation dealt with the theme of "being enough." "A Time for Every Matter" asked us to consider areas of our lives where we felt inadequate with the assurance that we did indeed have /were enough! 

Members of the congregation were asked to write on a slip of paper, provided, the answer to "Not __________Enough" and these slips were presented during offertory and communion which was served by the Youth. All in all, the message and the messengers were guides through a very meaningful worship service. Thank you!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Tyson Carroll helped Alison light the Lenten Candles this morning. Catgirl, Iris Goasdoué-Wallace, was Alison's companion this morning as the Faith Questers learned all about Baby Moses and how his big sister, Marion, saved his life because of Marian's courage and her ability to "do the wrong things for the right reason." Like Catgirl helping the Riddler at Christmas, Marion acted with compassion and courage thereby saving her little brother and allowing their mother to continue to tend her baby boy. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Faith Questers, Hugo and Iris, helped Alison light the Lenten Candles to begin the service Sunday morning. They and other young ones adjourned to Robertson Hall. Next Sunday, we will be hearing another Bible story as told by Alison and Catgirl. 

At Council, Tuesday night, Rebecca Way gave an update on Youth programming. The Temple Tour was so well-received that Youth will be taking a second tour in the fall. They were the chefs involved in making savoury dishes for "Pie" day while younger folk helped make sweet pies. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

It was popcorn and a movie for our young ones this morning in Faith Quest. Those who stayed enjoyed eating PIE!!! after the service upstairs was finished. 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bat Girl, Samantha, was in conversation with Alison as they told the story of Naaman this morning.

According to the Bible, Naaman was a commander-in-chief of the Syrian army. He, with God's help, was a victor yet he was a leper. Naaman's wife had a servant girl from Israel who said that the prophet, Elisha, would be able to heal him. 

Like Bat Girl, the servant girl, shared their superpowers with their community. 

Sunday, March 4, 2019

Our special guests in conversation with Alison this morning were the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. The story of David and Goliath was the feature and, later, downstairs, in Robertson Hall, the story continued. 

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019

Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego were the superpowers of old during today's Faith Chat with special guest, Superman, in dialogue with Alison. Downstairs, the children recreated the fiery furnace and reenacted the story from long ago, found in Daniel 3. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+3&version=MEV

Alison has sent out an email with her schedule of young people to help out. Check it as a file attachment below.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019

This Sunday, there was no Faith Quest programming as families were busy with the long weekend resulting from Teachers' Convention and Family Day. See you next week. 

Our Youth will be engaging in a Cross Cultural Temple Tour on March 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Look on the event page for more particulars. 

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019

Wonder Woman was on hand this morning to dialogue with Alison as she told the story of Esther and her trust in God that gave her the superpower of confronting the king with her request to save Mordecai, the man who had raised her and the Jewish people, the target of Haman, advisor to the king. Wonder woman, the Faith Quest team and the children retired to Robertson Hall where they heard more of the story and brought home jewel-encrusted golden crowns, commemorating the King who protected the Jewish people and rid his nation of his evil advisor. 

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

It was the story of Nehemiah this morning that gave Alison and her charges a chance to examine superpowers from the past. It was such a cold morning that many of our children did not get to hear the story. I have included it as a file attachment below. X Burke, Robin, was in conversation with Alison as they concluded that when all was done, we don't even know the name of the king but Nehemiah is remembered through the ages. 

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

Alison has sent us an update for upcoming Youth activities. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the file attachment, download and print it then post it on the frig. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Riddler struck again; this time drawing out the story of Daniel in the Lions' Den from Alison. Deviousness, stock and trade of the Riddler's external ways, played a large part in the story of Daniel and the King because Daniel's accusers were not playing fair and became lion fodder, rather than Daniel. Again, the story was enacted downstairs on stage and in the act of producing acrylic images of the lion. (p.s. One came home to our house.)

At the January Council meeting, Ministry of Families chair, Rachelle Hardin, gave details of the extensive work being done by the Faith Quest team both with children and Youth. We are so fortunate to be able to support this ministry. 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Spiderman, Tyson, had a conversation with Alison, this morning, about the value of commitment in our lives. The story was about Jonah and, in Robertson Hall, the story came to life with ocean, giant fish, waves -- the lot. Awesome! 

Here is an important message from Alison.

Hi All,

 I have been awake very early for the past two mornings thinking about not only this year’s “Superhero Sundays” but also what I want to do next year in Faith Quest. It has occurred to me that the Jesus stories would be a fit better fit for next year. I would still like to have the children help with the Faith Chats in the roles of superheroes and match the superheroes gifts/superpowers with stories of superheroes from the Bible. Although the Faith Chats will still land on those Sundays, from the responses I have already received, I don’t think I was clear in what I was looking for so I thought I would try and put it this way...  

Of the dates below that I need children to help out, could you please let me know… the best you can… what doesn’t work and I will try to come up with a schedule?  

Feb 10: child needed to help with Faith Chat

Feb 17: Holiday – no Program

Feb 24: child needed to help with Faith Chat

Mar 03: child needed to help with Faith Chat

Mar 10: child needed to help with Faith Chat

Mar 17: child needed to help with Faith Chat

Mar 24: Spring Break – no Program

Mar 31: child needed to help with Faith Chat

Apr 07: child needed to help with Faith Chat

Apr 14: child needed to help with Faith Chat

Apr 21: Easter Sunday

April 28: child needed to help with Faith Chat/Family Service Rehearsal

May 05: Family Service Rehearsal

May 12: Family Service

May 19: Holiday – No Program

May 26: SDUC Superheroes at the BBQ

Jun 02: SDUC Superheroes in the Garden 

Thanks for your patience while I am working this out…A.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Commitment is the value of the month and, on Sunday morning, when Vanessa asked the children what it was, they had no trouble answering. Downstairs they celebrated the first of their "Superhero Sundays" as they work on the idea of commitment and being superheroes in their own right. P.S. Iris brought her friend, Ivy, with her and Vanessa worked with them after class on their elastic bracelets. Thank you, Vanessa. 

Alison Demeter Minster of Families St. David’s United Church 403-284-2276 ext 109                                                  

 http://children-sduc.blogspot.com

Youth Group Schedule 

All youth are welcome

Contact Alison or the Church office for more information. 

FAITH QUEST 

Here at St. David’s we strive to take the “school” out of Sunday. Our children’s program is rich in activity and offers an “experience” that invites children to explore our Christian faith in relation to our lives today. As well, we provide opportunities to participate in community events and service projects at and beyond St. David’s. For more information, please contact Alison Demeter at 403-284-2276 Ex.110 or [email protected].

Below are a few Children's Ministry Resources: 

  • SDUC Children's Blog, including YAMF updates and other events!
  • Sunday Server Newsletter (biannual)

Below are our Children's Programs, click on them for more information!