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We are excited to be embarking on a new model for our children’s ministry! At the end of last year, we began using Godly Play with Eastside kids, and it was so well-received we plan to engage in it fully this fall. The creators of Godly Play believe that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. The fall season will focus on the Creation, Exodus and the Prophets. Russell will be sharing the story during the Theme Time in worship (roughly 10 minutes into the service) and then the children will have time to respond to the story with volunteers downstairs, through a variety of creative media, including working with the story itself.
Every attempt is made within our Sunday School to be inclusive and welcoming. This includes finding ways to welcome new children and long-time attenders, boys and girls, children who have short and long attention spans. It also means drawing on many images for the Holy in our programming and in the ways we talk with, and listen to, children.
The first Thursday of each month, Eastside families get together and share a meal and some fun! The meal is provided by our awesome volunteers at a small cost of $20 per family or $5 per person. If you'd like to attend with your kids or grand-kids, please let the office know! We'd love to have you!
Kids in Worship
Children at Eastside also participate in worship as greeters, candle-lighters, readers, prayer writers and pray-ers, singers, special musicians, communion assistants, liturgical leaders. For these and other reasons, children may sometimes remain in worship.
There is a “Kid’s Corner” at the back of the worship space for children who wish to remain during service. There is also a speaker in the library for families that want to leave the worship space but continue to hear the service.
Annually we welcome new members and celebrate our diversity. A faith exploration program is offered by the minister to youth and adults to explore faith, United Church beliefs, and basic Christian beliefs.
You can see our Confirmation Policy here.
Recognizing that one of our greatest strengths as "church" is providing the opportunity to gather as an intergenerational community, we hold multi-age gatherings a few times a year. These are times for families of all shapes and sizes to get together, share a meal, and join in some fun activities. Stay tuned for our next one!