One of Jesus’ most famous sayings was, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them” (Matthew 19: 14).  What he was saying was that children and their faith matter.
Children and their faith matter to us at St. Simon’s, as well.  It is for that reason that we provide a number of dynamic ways for children to get involved in our church community.
We begin every 10:00 a.m. Sunday service with a special “Children’s Focus” and we provide a multitude of opportunities for your children to grow in their faith, including the following:

Nursery

St. Simon’s nursery, for infants to preschoolers, is staffed by one of our many youth members each Sunday during the 10:00 a.m. service.  The nursery is located downstairs, next to MacKay Hall.  We welcome newcomers and regulars alike.

Parents are encouraged to drop their children off before the service begins and are asked that they collect them just before communion, allowing our nursery staff the opportunity to participate in communion along with the rest of the parish.

Sunday School

The children of St. Simon’s, ages 4-10, meet in the church hall downstairs for Sunday School immediately following the Rector’s Children’s Focus talk. We employ a rotational model where each lesson is taught over three or four Sundays using different storytelling techniques including DVDs, books, puppet shows, and skits.

We follow a program which will encompass all the highlights of the Bible over a period of six years, alternating each year from the Old to New Testaments. Sunday School engages the children with stories, games, songs, and crafts. The children return to church during the Offeratory hymn and participate in the Eucharist with their parents/caregivers.

Each year, we present a Christmas Pageant to the congregation the Sunday before Christmas and get together occasionally for other events to get to know each other and to strengthen our faith together. At certain times during the year, the Rector will lead a Children’s Eucharist during Sunday School where the children are encouraged to participate and ask any questions they may have.

For our Sunday School newsletters, see here.  To watch our fun and fabulous music video, Pharaoh, Pharaoh!, click here.

Communion Preparation

Communion preparation and instruction are available to anyone at St. Simon’s who seeks to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist.  Each year, St. Simon’s offers a 3-4 week program called “Life in the Eucharist” to children of the parish usually between the ages of 7 and 9.  The purpose of the program is to offer children the opportunity to better understand what they are doing during the celebration of Holy Communion, and why they are partaking in this sacrament.  The outcome of the format offered is that all participants, including the leader, learn something from the interactions during the sessions.

For 2017-18, our First Communion preparation courses are currently TBA.  One parent should be present with the candidate.  For more information, please contact the church office.

Vacation Bible School Summer Camp 2018

We are offering our faith-based camp again this summer for children in grades JK-6 (ages 5-12) .

Camp starts July 2nd and runs through August 24th, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This is open to the public so tell your friends and neighbors!

Hear amazing stories, make awesome crafts, play super fun games and learn fantastic songs. 

Tasty snacks and drinks will be provided.  Children should bring their own bag lunch.

The cost is $150 per child/ per week.

Contact Dena in the office at dena@stsimon.ca / 905-845-8351 for registration, or download the form here.