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:
PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE TO CURRRENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER OUR CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ON SUNDAY MORNINGS AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER, WE HAVE INCLUDED A CHILDREN’S COMPONENT IN EACH OF OUR SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES AND ACTIVITY PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN EACH SUNDAY MORNING.
Sunday Mornings – We have classes for infants through grade 2 during our worship service at 10am. 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 5 (see below for more on Grades 3 to 5) 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 point 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 10am service (according to the schedule), kids in grades 3 to 5, are dismissed 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.
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Play & Grow – Preschoolers and their caregivers are here on Wednesday mornings, following the school-year calendar, from 9:30am to 11:15am to play together and meet friends. We provide the toys and snacks. The good folks from Early ON also join us and run our craft room and circle time. We have now resumed following the protocols of EarlyON. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by calling the EarlyON Family Centre Westminster at 519-649-1248 or search Family Centre Westminster on Eventbrite.ca .
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 enjoy refreshments here with their kids and will have an opportunity to see what their child has been doing at camp all week. KIDS CAMP 2020 – *IMPORTANT NOTICE*: Because of the current social restrictions, the disappointing decision to cancel our Summerside Church Kids Camp that was planned for July 6-9 has been made. Health and safety regulations would have severely limited our ability to offer the engaging and effective children’s program that we have always strived to provide. We are, however, looking into other options that would provide interaction, discipleship and community service for our Summerside Kids should government recommendations allow. AND we look forward to offering Kids Camp – Mystery Island in 2021!
3250 Summer Camp – This full-day camp for students ENTERING Grades 3 to 5 only (3 2 5 0nly) in July 2019 was greatly enjoyed by all (campers and leaders alike). CHECK BACK HERE OFTEN FOR FUTURE DATES.
Forest Cliff Camp – A day camp, here at Summerside. Check out all the fun from the summer of 2019 HERE For more on Forest Cliff Camp and their day camps, click 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. Registration is free (included with the Divorce Care fee); however, we do require you to complete an information form for each child. CHECK BACK HERE FOR THE FUTURE DATES.
L&DA Camp Scholarship – This scholarship is available to help families (regardless of income), 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). The application deadline for 2020 has now passed. Please check back here in early 2021.
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 in either September or October at the Dorchester Community Centre. The 2020-2021 season is now closed for registrations.
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. Child Protection Policy