St Clements Church Toronto
Children's Ministry Update
Earlier this fall we asked for parent feedback around the shape of Children’s Ministry in our current climate. We followed up with a parent zoom night to talk out what was shared. Here is a snapshot of what we learned:
The transition back to in-person school has been tough
While there is an appreciation that online Children’s ministry is offered, for the vast majority of kids, online isn’t doable anymore. The kids are zoomed out.
The vast majority of parents are not ready to come back to in-person, indoor worship at this time. This will change as vaccinations for kids roll out.
Kids are missing connection with other kids from church.
More than half of families would connect in-person as families if we offered a way to connect outside.
Given all of this, as of December:
We will begin to offer outside Children’s Ministry opportunities for families (parents/grandparents & kids) that align with current COVID guidelines.
We hope to add more opportunities for outside connection throughout the winter months!
We will be pressing pause on weekly Sunday online Children’s Ministry. We offer our sincere thanks to our incredible volunteers who have kept this ministry going the past four months.
With vaccination of children under 12 beginning, we are hopeful that parents will be ready to head back to in-person as more families are fully vaccinated. We are looking forward to a renewed time for Children’s Ministry in the months to come and remain committed to engaging our youngest members of St. Clement’s in learning to follow Jesus.
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