The Children and Youth & Young Adults Councils have adapted the RBC Mission statement to apply to the age groups they are working with: “To go and make fully committed followers of Jesus Christ of all children/youth/young adults, starting in our Montreal communities, through worshipping, praying, teaching, caring, serving and witnessing.”
Working with children and youth involves a certain degree of risk. In compliance with the requirements of insurance companies, the police and social services, Winning Kids Inc. is the standard of abuse prevention and child and youth protection for churches and other similar organizations. Their customized tools, training, policies and procedures help leaders and their organizations meet that standard of protection. Plan to Protect®, the best-selling publication of Winning Kids Inc., is a manual for those that work with children and youth. It is a Canadian product, written and developed within a Canadian context and is continually being updated.
As a member of Winning Kids Inc. and with their help and using this manual as a guide, RBC is keeping careful attendance records and providing regular training and screening of its members who are in leadership and who volunteer with vulnerable populations within the church.
Friday Programs for Children:
Called Challengers, this evening program is for children aged 4-11. The Program Coordinators are Stephen & Nancy McHarg and Joy Benjamin. Many other volunteers help with special activities, preparing refreshments, running sports, telling Bible stories, encouraging Scripture memorization, preparing crafts and leading music. Parents, if your child is new to this program, please complete a Registration Form and bring it with you on your child’s first visit.
Friday Programs for Youth: Called Breakaways, this evening program is for teens (ages 12-17) .
The goal of this group is to help teens know Jesus as their personal Saviour, to help them grow in their faith, and to empower them to share their faith at school.
A typical Friday night begins at 7 PM with prayer, worship and a sharing time, then divides into small groups based on gender and age. There is always food afterwards! Many young adults volunteer as small group leaders.
The youth also undertake various special projects/events during the year, whether serving meals to the homeless, having a gym day, or participating in World Vision’s 30-Hour famine.
Sunday Programs for Children:
Nursery: Open during the Sunday service(s), and offers care for newborn infants until they are 18 months old. Our aim is to offer a safe and welcoming environment for the little ones entrusted to our care. The playroom is decorated with a teddy bear theme in bright primary colors, and is equipped with toys, books, and stuffed animals. The adjoining crib room offers facilities for naptime and a private place for nursing moms to feed their infants. Program Coordinator: Maryse Ianniciello
Children aged 18 months to 3 years attend the Toddlers group. The morning starts with free play and singing with the Pre-K and Kindergarten class. Snack and story time are separate, with age appropriate curriculum, which enables the children to learn about the Lord in a very simple way. Program Coordinator: Lala Kycia
In the Pre-K group, the children learn by touching, seeing and doing, so the program is very structured and full of fun things to do. There is a time of free play (puzzles, play dough, small toys, coloring etc.) singing circle, snack and story time. Older children in this group start to learn how to put their faith into action; where learning to love God, obey God and worship God is a fun thing to do. Program Coordinator: Pat Hurdle
Elementary School Classes: Bible-based teaching is complemented by Sunday School material produced by David C. Cook and Firm Foundations. Sunday School begins at 10:45 AM with opening songs and a prayer. Children then attend grade-specific classes. Program Coordinator: Katy Brereton
Sunday Programs for Youth:
Teen Sunday Class: Available most Sundays (excluding summer) and taught by Dave Brereton. Program Coordinator: Elders