Children's Circle and Youth

Hope Mennonite joyfully welcomes Children and Youth!

Children using Godly Play figures to share a Bible story

Children's Circle and Youth

In our programs during regular times, children have a snack, hear a Bible story (and sometimes a contemporary story), have a prayer or contemplation time, and do an art, drama or other activity related to the story. 

Youth meet to talk about Christian and Anabaptist history and contemporary issues, including Justice issues.

We encourage you to contact the Associate Pastor, Lisa Martens for more information during Covid Times.

During the Pandemic:

In Fall, 2020, we offered Children’s Circle and Youth:
- Outside, in parks
- Used curriculum and activities inspired by the Wild Church movement and A Rocha
- Met near Thomson (where we typically met for services)
Families brought their own lunch, hand-sanitizer and sat two meters apart.

We are currently NOT meeting outside for Children's Circle and Youth.

In fall, Children's Circle meet outside in a park with lots of trees

During Non-COVID Times

During non-Covid times, we have typically offered Children’s Circle and Youth programs:
- 3 times per month, after the regular service 
- October to May

Children's Circle for Children aged 2-5: Children have a snack, hear a story with Godly Play visuals, and do an art or drama or other activity relating to the Bible story.
We use Godly Play (Montessori-structured) curriculum . There are two volunteers guiding the children.  Parents are often present to help out where they can. 

Children's Circle for Children aged 6-11: We use Shine and Joyful Path curricula. There are three volunteers guiding the children.  Parents are welcome but are not required. 

Youth Group: We use a variety of curricula and resource people. The Associate Pastor and one volunteer guide the youth. Youth often have a once a month fun activity outside of regular church hours.