St. Mark’s has a deep heart for our ministry with children and their families. In a world full of judgement and oppression we wish to bless them, and introduce them to a Lord of love and goodness. Living well and generously is hard work, and learning the basics is essential. Saying grace at meals, the Lord’s Prayer, learning about Jesus, and who He is and what He did and does: it all helps to form the character of our children – and ourselves.
At St. Mark’s, we call our children’s ministry “Lighthouse Ministries” that works to create a fun and engaging place where children can grow in their faith. Our goal is to teach the kids about Jesus, who is our guiding lighthouse through the dark and sometimes tricky seas of life. We’ve worked hard to make sure every child feels welcome and safe, and we love seeing them grow, learn, and make new friends. Each week, following the liturgy, we explore a biblical story through skits, crafts, songs, and activities.
Each Sunday we have an average of 5 to 10 children, aged 3 to 10, who participate and our ministry has been steadily growing as new families join us and build relationships in our community. Seeing the kids come back each week more exited to see each other and with more questions, is reward in itself for our Sunday School teachers.
The children’s ministry also connects with the rest of the congregation, sharing songs or skits in the church service.
Our “Messy Church” program is also very popular. This monthly event is an opportunity to build friendships, and share community, and provides families with an opportunity to learn about Jesus outside of Sunday morning. It includes a communal meal where the children and their parents get to sit down, relax and socialize which facilitates a real sense of community!
Note: St. Mark’s Anglican Church requires that all employees working with children, and/or those who are vulnerable, complete a Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check. Employees and volunteers must also complete the ‘Screening in Faith’ training offered through the Diocese.
To quote one of our lighthouse kids:
“I like Sunday School because the people are nice and we get to make crafts. I like learning about God and singing songs about God. Messy Church is a lot of fun and we get to make cool things.”