Family Ministries

Raising up a generation to be the church and change the world

Family Ministry is the overarching title we use to identify how kids ministry, youth ministry, and parent ministry work together to attain our vision of raising up a generation to be the church and change the world. This means that as a church, we work together to be your partner as your child grows from ages 0-18. We use the word “partner” intentionally. As a parent, you get to be the primary spiritual influence in the life of your child and our hope is to partner with you as you pursue that opportunity. We do this by developing ministry environments and resources to help you build a strong Jesus-centred foundation for your kids.

Jared Patterson

Jared Patterson

Pastor of Children's Ministries

Tyler From

Tyler From

Pastor of Student Ministries

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Nursery

Ages 0 – 24 months

Our nursery is equipped with dedicated volunteers who have given their time so that you may have the opportunity to enjoy the Sunday morning worship service.

Our Nursery is located on the main floor of the building.

Alternatively, you may keep your little one with you in the service, or make use of the Family Room located at the back of the sanctuary.

Two-Year Olds

24-36 months

In our Two-Year Old room, your toddler will be taught through age appropriate and Bible based teaching, games, and activities. The toddler room is located on the second floor, centered around an exciting play area!

Preschool

3 & 4 year olds

While you are in the Sunday morning service, your preschooler will spend time interacting with teachers as they learn through Bible stories, crafts, and other activities how much God loves them. 

Our Preschool class is designed for kids aged 3-4 and is located on the main floor, directly off the foyer.

Kindergarten - Gr. 4

Students will begin in a high-energy group room upstairs where they will engage in worship through songs and storytelling. The large group session is reinforced with small groups that will be divided by gender and age. Your child will take part in crafts, games, and relationship building activities during this time.

7 McKenzie Towne Gate SE

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Sundays @
8:45, 10:15 & 11:45 AM

Kids@mckenzietownechurch.com

Other Kids Programs

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Our Grade 5/6 group represents a key transitional stage between kids ministry and student ministry.  5/6s are inquisitive, collaborative and creative.  We are creating space for them to work together, form friendships and begin to get to know leaders in student ministry.  We encourage questions, dialogue and engagement.

We meet every Sunday Morning during all three worship services, and we have an event once a month.

Grades 7-12

The heart of Youth is to walk alongside students and cultivate opportunities for students to develop relationships with one another, get to know volunteer leaders who truly care for them, and encounter the living God who loves them beyond all understanding.

When We Meet

We have an event once a month, and meet on Sunday Nights for spiritual formation.

 

We’ve had Youth on Fridays for a number of years, and are trying a switch to Sunday Nights for three reasons:

1) Opportunities for Spiritual Formation

For most adults and children, Fridays have often been the night for fun, as we finish our week and settle graciously into the weekend. This is wonderful for events, but can be challenging when trying to go deeper. We want to use these evenings to connect with what God is doing around us, what His Word says, and what He’s asking us to do. We want to create environments where we can be authentic with where we’re at and who God is, and we think that Sunday evenings would help with that.  

2) Opportunities for Availability

Students and families are busier than ever. Sunday evenings are one of the least scheduled times of the week. With increasing time demands, it can be challenging for students to feel prepared to face the week to come. Our hope is that Sunday nights would be a chance for students to be sent out into their week with the gospel on their minds.

3) Opportunities for Evangelism

We want the Friday night event each month to be focused on bringing people into our community. We think that trying this schedule will create a chance for students to spend time connecting with friends who don’t know Jesus. Friday night events will have the primary purpose of creating a fun and comfortable atmosphere for friends to be invited, while students will have three Fridays a month to represent Christ in their communities and with friends. The event will rotate between age-specific, community building and special events.

7 McKenzie Towne Gate SE

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Sunday evenings @ 6PM

TylerF@mckenzietownechurch.com