“Let the little children come to me … for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14).
CHILDREN AT ST. THOMAS’S
St. Thomas’s is committed to welcoming families and including children and youth in the life of the parish.
Nursery and Church School
St. Thomas’s offers nursery care for children from infancy to age three every Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist. The nursery is run by two ECE-qualified caregivers in a dedicated space in the basement of the parish hall. Nursery care may also be offered during certain feast day services or special events, as advertised in our weekly bulletin. For more information about the nursery, please contact Associate Priest Fr. D’Angelo at email@example.com.
For children aged four to ten, St. Thomas’s offers Church School, led by a volunteer parent, on Sundays during the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist. Church School meets in the parish hall. The children join the congregation just prior to the celebration of the Eucharist. For more information, please contact Church School Coordinator Siobhán Dungan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During Church School, children create their own personalized service booklet, exploring the sights, sounds, symbols, prayers, songs and colours of the liturgy. Games and story time are fun ways to discover Jesus’ parables and miracles, and to become familiar with the Christian calendar. In addition to learning the Lord's Prayer, the children are encouraged to create their own prayers.
Other ways St. Thomas’s supports children
St. Thomas’s has a long history of offering programs geared to children, from a choir to summer camps, and also of integrating children into the parish’s liturgical and social life. Children of various ages have served liturgically, led intercessions and acted as sidespeople. Children have participated in medieval mystery plays jointly produced by the parish and Poculi Ludique Societas, and have added to the entertainment at Mardi Gras fundraising events and other festivities. The parish is once again working to establish a children’s choir. Please contact a member of the clergy to find out more about how your child can grow at St. Thomas’s.
St. Thomas’s is always looking for new ways to support children and parents, and the churchwardens welcome inquiries and suggestions by e-mail at email@example.com.
For decades, St. Thomas’s has hosted the Huron Playschool Cooperative in the Parish Hall. The Playschool offers nursery school programs, summer camps, childcare and after-school programs. A distinct organization, St. Thomas’s is proud to help the Playschool offer affordable child care for student parents and others in the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood. For information about the Huron Playschool Cooperative, visit huronplayschool.com.