At Summerside, we love families and want to support and encourage them as they grow together in loving, serving, and learning more about Jesus and their journey with him. Below, you will find the ministries we have here which are intended to help parents as they raise their children to embrace a life of faith:
Sunday Mornings – We have classes for infants through grade 2 during both services (9am and 11am). While the nursery is open and staffed for infants throughout the entire service, children (preschool and up) sit with their parents for the first part of the service and then those in preschool through grade 2 are dismissed just before the sermon to their own classes. Here, they will learn about Jesus as they explore the Bible with stories, games, and crafts. Parents are to pick up their children from their classes immediately after the service. If your child is feeling restless, and needs a break, at any time during the service, please feel free to take them to the foyer to move around a bit. You can still continue to hear, and see, the service from there.
32 50 – During the 11am service (according to the schedule), kids in grades 3 to 5, are invited to the Prayer Room (just past the double doors into the north wing) for a time of Scripture learning (with an emphasis on teaching the kids how to delve into Scripture on their own using who, what, when, where, why, and how) as we follow the sermon series.
Other Events @ Summerside
Play & Grow – Preschoolers and their caregivers are here on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am to 11:15am to play together and meet friends. We provide the toys and snacks. The good folks from the Ontario Early Years Centre also join us and run our craft room and circle time. There is no registration required, just drop in and join us when you can. We meet during the school calendar year and take a break for the summer. Play & Grow resumes on Wednesday, September 12 from 9:30am to 11:15am.
Kids Camp – For one week each summer, kids from JK to grade 5 will enjoy a morning (9am to noon) of camping fun while learning about what the Bible says about the love Jesus has for them. On the Thursday evening of camp week, parents are invited to have a camp-style hot dog dinner here with their kids and will have an opportunity to see what their child has been doing at camp all week. Our 2017 camp will run July 17 to 21. Check out the promo clip here as kids enjoy epic adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God! **PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NOT BE RUNNING KIDS CAMP THIS SUMMER**
3250 Camp – This full-day camp is for students ENTERING Grades 3 to 5 only (3 2 5 0nly). The camp hours are from 9am to 4:30pm. The cost, per camper, is $80. **WE HAD A GREAT WEEK THIS SUMMER! CHECK BACK HERE IN THE SPRING FOR 32 50 CAMP REGISTRATION DETAILS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2019**
Forest Cliff Camp – Here at Summerside Aug. 7 to 10, 2018 from 9am to 4:30pm. Check out all the fun from this summer’s day camp here.
Divorce Care For Kids (DC4K) – DC4K is a ministry for children between the ages of 5 & 12 who are experiencing the pain of a broken relationship in their home. We run alongside Divorce Care from 6pm to 8pm for 13 weeks. Please note that the first session is on Monday, Sept. 24 (due to a previous appointment on Tuesday). The balance of the sessions will be on Tuesday evenings starting Oct. 2. for 12 more weeks. Registration is free (included with the Divorce Care fee); however, we do require you to complete an information form for each child.
L&DA Camp Scholarship – This scholarship is available to help families, who attend an L&DA recognized church, with the cost of camp registration fees for their children attending a Christian summer camp (overnight camps only). You can download the application here. PLEASE NOTE the deadline for the 2018 camp season is now closed. Please check back here in early 2019.
Armour Hockey – Is dedicated to teaching kids fundamental and advanced hockey skills while encouraging each player to participate in daily Bible stories and devotionals as led by their coaches. This is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 13 and runs on Saturday mornings, beginning September 22 until March 30, at the Dorchester Community Centre. The 2018-2019 season is now open for registration. Please click on the calendar event above for all of the details. The first practice is September 22 – so register soon because spots fill up fast!
At Summerside, we are committed to providing a safe place for children/youth to learn about Jesus and to grow in their walk with him. As such, we require all of our volunteers in children’s/youth ministry to provide us with a current police records check and to read and uphold our Child Protection Policy. You can download a copy of this policy here. 2018 Child Protection Policy