Children & Youth
We offer weekly programming for infants, children & youth on Sunday mornings during the Worship Service and various times during the week. Our Sunday programming includes music, playtime/games, and Bible lessons. Seasonally, children & youth are involved in practice for and performance of a Christmas and/or Easter musical.
Infants and Toddlers
Infants & Toddlers are cared for by a dedicated team of volunteers. Infants and toddlers can be dropped off in the Nursery (located on the lower level of the building) anytime after 10:30 a.m. on Sundays until the end of service. You may stay with your child(ren) in the nursery if you wish, or return to the main service. Children under 6 years of age must be signed in and out by a registered parent/guardian. And the audio of the service is accessible while you’re in the Nursery room.
Pre-School and Elementary Grades
Our children’s Sunday school classes are lead by an energetic and fun team of volunteers. The classes are organized by age groups. Children are dismissed about halfway through the Sunday service to go their classrooms on the lower level of the building until the end of service. Children under the age of 6 years must be signed in and out by a registered parent/guardian. Monthly “Family Sundays” are geared to children & youth and they remain in the main service.
Young people in grades 6 to 12 meet together on Sunday mornings (except on Family Sundays) for “Donuts & Discussion” an interactive dialogue with leaders on topics that are relevant to youth (often chosen by the youth). They are dismissed about halfway through the Sunday service to go to the Youth Lounge on the main level of the building until the end of service.
In addition, the youth group meets for “T” n “T” on specific Fridays of the month and for special events. The youth leadership team works with the group to provide a wide variety of activities for spiritual growth and fun; games, events, Bible study, conferences, retreats, etc.
We place a priority on having a safe and welcoming environment for children & youth. All of our volunteers are screened and trained in Plan to Protec®.
Ladies Connections is a bi-annual event traditionally that takes place in the spring and fall. It brings together women and teen girls for an evening of fellowship, learning and worship over a light meal. A guest speaker is featured and themes incorporate a variety of topics related to Christian living.
Much of our local community outreach is focused on children, youth & families, especially newcomers to Canada. We work with local schools and agencies, including the Etobicoke Strategy, Kingsview Village Westway Neighbourhood Action Plan (NAP), and Let’s Get Together to advocate and provide practical, helpful programs & services for the Kingsview Village – The Westway neighbourhood.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes (for women) take place Monday to Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. in our Broadview Education Centre.
They are organized through our partnership is with the Toronto Baptist Intercultural Service and mostly volunteers from other local churches. Seasonally we also have interns, placement students or hire summer students from local post-secondary schools that help to teach classes and/or tutoring.
During the gardening season, ESL students have access to our Community Garden plots and equipment. Students and their families plant a wide variety of vegetables and even a few herbs. They enjoy harvesting fresh produce during the summer and fall to supplement their familie’s groceries.
Our Benevolence ministry has a special focus on providing families with access to healthy food. We make referrals to local food banks, and distribute grocery gift cards to local families, especially at Christmastime. If you or someone you know is in need, please contact the church office.
As a part of the Free Methodist Church in Canada, Kingsview supports FMCiC global ministries (www.fmcic.ca/global-ministries-index) like International Child Care Ministries (www.childcareministries.net), and we partner with TearFund Canada (www.tearfund.ca) in development and relief efforts around the world.
Our former child sponsorship program, The Kingsview Sponsorship Program (www.kingsviewsp.org) is now its own registered charity. It was created out of a desire to meet the needs of children in the Dominican Republic for education and basic necessities, and grew to maturity as a Kingsview ministry until 2019.
Our Refugee Sponsorship Group works to bring refugee or asylum-seeking families to Canada. We are currently working to bring a displaced family to Canada.
Our Care Team is made up of lay people and lay ministers working together with the pastors to provide pastoral care. This dedicated and compassionate group of people regularly contact members of the congregation and their families, friends and neighbours as invited. We provide prayer and support, pastoral counselling, and make referrals to other care providers.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. For more information on this support group contact Pastor Darrin (hyperlink to email) or visit www.griefshare.org.