Historically, before the pandemic, we offer the "Godly Play" curriculum which is a very interactive, creative and engaging way of engaging people of any age in the stories and narratives of the Bible. Storytellers tell a particular bible story, and participants are invited to respond with a time of reflection. The bible stories told follow the liturgical calendar and the time together is intentionally designed to reflect the structure of worship.
During the pandemic we direct families to the Niagara Family Hub for some excellent resources.
Our ministry with children and youth is as much about the parents as it is their children. Church life provides a structure of support in times of crisis or transition.
St. John's is connected to a residential addiction rehabilitation centre for youth based in Elora called Portage. We offer Bible Studies for the residents and for those who are interested. We also invite Portage students to participate and take on leadership roles in the Sunday liturgies. We provide training to participate in our Sunday liturgies as acolytes and servers.
Emily Petrenko retired as the Director of our Children and Youth Choir in July 2020. While children's choirs are presently suspended during COVID we are looking for a new director for the children's choir. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach children about music and help them develop in self confidence.