First Third Ministries
For more information, contact Shanna Bernier.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILY MINISTRY
Jesus, Glue and Glitter web site (activities, printables and conversations)
What comes first; children in church or a space to welcome them in church? How do we create appropriate spaces in our sanctuaries, in our worship, in congregational life in general? What makes a space truly welcoming for children? These are some of the questions that...
The date of the special YAYA Worshiplude service is February 4 at 4:00pm at Rideau Park United Church. Worshiplude is a weekend youth event organized by our colleagues to the West in Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council. During the Ottawa Winterlude festival,...
What is Youth Forum? YoFo is a weekend retreat for high school and CEGEP youth organized by folks from the United Church of Canada. It is planned by youth and young adults, for the youth! It has been going on in this region for more than 40 years! What will we do...
Join us for a week-long, volunteer-led, sleep-away camp for kids aged 8 to 15. We welcome campers of all backgrounds from Quebec, Ontario and beyond! Although the camp operates primarily in English, we welcome Francophone campers. Our theme for 2022 is "Caring for...
Recently, in February, Grade 5 students began their « Delicious » unit about food. From my vantage point, that represents repetition over 5 groups of a unit I’ve done at least 4 times with the same book. Bluntly, the topic of food, restaurants and role play has been...
Mary Hatfield was the face of Quebec-Sherbrooke Presbytery youth ministry for almost 20 years. Youth ministry in the Townships began as an initiative of the Rev. Ron Coughlin and Professor Ken Johns. Not long after it was decided to hire a youth worker to carry on...
Would you like a free United Church camp-themed box of fun stuff and info about all of the online programming we are offering this summer (June 28-July 16)? Please sign your kiddos up today! https://forms.gle/rijVTpJdaASxCkXV9
Online Youth Forum – April 18, 2020
Letter from Shanna Bernier:
I am writing to you this strange, rainy Easter Monday with sadness in my heart that the Youth of Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council cannot gather in person in Cowansville as they were supposed to this coming weekend. I am sad I will not be going to Costco to buy hundreds of dollars of food and snacks to feed a church full of teenagers. I am sad we cannot hug and sit in a circle on the floor.
While I am sad, I am so grateful. I am grateful that this community it stronger and more resilient than any pandemic, and that we have found ways to connect despite physical distancing.
This coming Saturday, on April 18 we will be having a special gathering all afternoon to mark the time which would have been spent together at youth forum. I am hoping we have a good amount of participation!
I would ask that everyone who wishes to join please fill in a short registration, as we usually do, so I can update mailing addresses and keep track of who might join. Your info will not be shared with anyone without your consent. The registration link is here:
This Youth Forum Online will start at 12:30 and end around 4:30. We will take a few breaks and if people cannot stay the whole time or need to arrive late they can, but for the best experience I encourage everyone to come at 12:30.
Please contact Shanna Bernier with any questions, and for details about how to connect.
Online Camp – June 29 to July 3, 2020
Rendez-vous Online – August 11 to 14, 2020
Rendez-vous 2020 will be going ahead 11-14 August 2020 – just in a different way.
2020 is turning out to be a year of the unexpected and that means Rendez-vous 2020 will be a Rendez-vous unlike any other. Due to the ongoing health crisis, we won’t be able to hold a large gathering in Calgary this summer. It’s up to us to dream together what it means to be a community of faith, even if we can’t all be in the same (physical) space.
Through real-time online events, recordings, and DIY workshop kits, we will celebrate bold faith, brave space and brazen grace. Here’s what you can expect:
- Inspiring speakers, powerful worship and singing your favorite songs
- Fun, engaging and interactive workshops and activities
- New friends from across the country and around the world
- Awesome t-shirts (yep, it will be a Rendez-vous to remember!)
Learn more: https://www.uccrendezvous.ca/