February 14: Oh No!

February 14th, 2016|0 Comments

I read parts of Oh No, George! by Chris Houghton to remind the children that everyone feels tempted to do things that they know they should not. Jesus in the dessert is tempted to turn [...]

February 7: Transfiguration

February 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Transfiguration is a big fancy word that means change.  We hear in today's Bible story about a time that Jesus went up a mountain alone to pray.  When he came down and the disciples saw [...]

January 31: Loving Winner!

January 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Sometimes people win ribbons for doing a good job at something.  Growing the biggest pumpkin or being the fastest to run the 100m race.  It is good to be fast or beautiful or strong or [...]

January 24: Build a Body

January 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Do you see what this is?  It's a foot!  Well, it's what a foot would look like underneath all the skin and muscles.  In here, I have enough bones to build something pretty great - [...]

January 10: Baptism Comparison

January 11th, 2016|0 Comments

We spent today's Children's Time gathered around the baptismal font.  We talked about the ordinary wood that was used to build it, the ordinary bowl that held the ordinary water poured from an ordinary kitchen [...]

January 3: Drawn In

January 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Do you ever smell cookies baking and feel drawn to the kitchen?  Maybe you'll be allowed to have one while their still fresh from the oven! Do you ever feel the warmth of a campfire [...]

November 29 – December 20: Advent Sundays

December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

November 29 - HOPE Do you notice anything different in here today?  Decorations are up, banners are changed, advent candles are being lit...  This is the time when we start preparing for Christmas.  But no [...]

November 22: New Year’s Eve

November 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

For the last day of the church year, I thought we might like to go on a little field trip to look at the stained glass window.  Today we finish the season of Pentecost which [...]

November 15: Strong in Bundles

November 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Let me show you how easy it is to break one of these popsicle sticks.  *SNAP*  Simple, right? What if we imagined that each one of us was a popsicle stick.  Each one of us [...]

November 8: Whoever You Are

November 8th, 2015|0 Comments

I brought a book to share with you today - Whoever You Are by Mem Fox. Though we may look different, use different languages, and have different types of schools -- everyone deserves joy, love, [...]

November 1: Love God, Love People

November 1st, 2015|0 Comments

I was thinking about the Ten Commandments this week.  You've heard of the Ten Commandments.  They are the rules and guidelines that God gave to the people of Israel to teach them how to live [...]

October 25: Care with Hands, Feet and Words

October 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Rev. James told me that he wanted to talk about peace today.  Peace seems like a pretty big topic to me.  We young people aren't going to stop all the wars in the world or [...]

October 18: Unique as a Cookie

October 18th, 2015|0 Comments

I always use the same recipe whenever I bake cookies.  It's from my Grandma's cookbook so I know that they'll turn out great.  But every once in a while, I do make some slight changes.  [...]

October 11: Thanks from a Distance

October 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Do any of you know what these are?  Thank you cards!  What a beautiful way to show someone that you are thankful.  There are lots of ways and lots of languages for expressing our thanks.  [...]

October 4: World Flag Communion

October 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Today is Worldwide Communion Sunday.  That means that Christians all over the world will be sharing this meal together.  These puzzle pieces have flags on them that represent different countries where Christians live - Canada, [...]

September 20: The Winner!

September 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Natalie got here the quickest - she is the winner! Katie made the biggest donation to the offering plate - she is the winner! Rhyden is the youngest of our group this morning - she [...]

May 24: Holy Campfire

May 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Have you ever built a campfire?  You need logs and twigs and maybe some paper to get it going.  But the other important thing that a fire needs is air - sometimes in the form [...]

May 17: Ascension of Christ Sunday

May 18th, 2015|0 Comments

I repeated a Children's Time from this date two years ago which can be found here.  Being the long weekend, there were not a lot of kids in church so we had our discussion in [...]

May 10: Mother’s Day

May 12th, 2015|0 Comments

I'm going to call my Mom after church today to wish her a happy mother's day.  I have been thinking about all the things that she did when I was a kid (like brushing my [...]

May 3: Living Branches

May 8th, 2015|0 Comments

I have this branch here to show you today. Do you think that I could ever grow grapes on it as beautiful as these? Do you think that I could grow anything? No, because a [...]

April 19: In Jesus’ Name

April 20th, 2015|0 Comments

At the end of many of our prayers, we say "in Jesus' name we pray".  When the disciples were working on their own after Jesus' death, they would say that they were doing doo works [...]

April 12: Positive Disbelief

April 13th, 2015|0 Comments

If I stand on this chair, I can reach all the way up to the ceiling of the church!  Do you believe me? [I stand on the chair and reach.] My shoe is full of [...]

April 5: Happy Easter Ending!

April 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Last week we talked about stories.  They can begin with "Once upon a time" or "It was a dark and stormy night" or "In a land far, far away".  There is usually some excitement to [...]

March 29: Not the Whole Story

March 30th, 2015|0 Comments

I read a lot of stories.  Some are true and some are made up by the writers.  I read stories about magic and elephants and girls made out of cake.  I like to hear people [...]

March 22: Written on the Heart

March 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Over the last few weeks, we have talked about the ways God has shown love for us through promises. -God promised not to flood the world with water and placed a signature - a rainbow [...]

March 15: Big Love

March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

I know that this is a topic that we have talked about before but it is such an important message in the Bible that we're just going to keep talking about it -- love!  I [...]

January 25: Fishing for People

January 26th, 2015|0 Comments

I brought my fishing net with me this morning, but I don't think that I'm going to catch too many fish in here this morning.  The floor appears to be much too dry.  You know [...]

January 18: Hug Machine

January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

I read this book called Hug Machine that really got me thinking today.  It's about a boy who hugs everything.  He hugs people and pets and trees and ice cream trucks and whales.  He is really [...]

January 11: Told in a Whisper

January 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Do you ever speak in a whisper?  When you want to keep something secret?  Or when you are embarrassed or unsure? After Jesus was baptised by his cousin, John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit came [...]

January 4: Lights to God

January 8th, 2015|0 Comments

I just arrived back from my holidays in Ontario last night.  There were three of us: me, Christopher, and my sister Shelagh who is staying with us for the month.  We all arrived by plane, [...]

December 21: Fearless Messengers

December 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

We hear a lot about angels in the Bible, but especially in the stories we read leading up to Christmas.  They may be different angels visiting different people, but one thing is common -- everyone [...]

December 14: JOY Never Fades

December 14th, 2014|0 Comments

If you found a gift box this large under your Christmas tree and the tag had your name on it, how would you feel?  Happy?  VERY happy? If you saw that it was a printer, [...]

December 7: Prepare the Way

December 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Advent is a time of waiting and preparations.  Angels appeared to Mary and Joseph to prepare them for the surprise of Jesus' birth.  There were a lot of preparations; Mary probably went out shopping right [...]

November 23: Rain of Christ

November 24th, 2014|0 Comments

When I heard that it was Rain of Christ Sunday, I thought that I had better come prepared with my umbrella.  But we have this reading every year in church before Advent and I have [...]

November 16: Taking Risks

November 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Do any of you play basketball?  I have not played in a long time, but I think that I remember the main idea.  You just have to get the ball into the basket, right?  If [...]

November 2: Jesus Loves…

November 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Today we're going to learn about a sermon that Jesus once gave where he described several ways that people can be truly happy.  Something that makes me happy is eating Rockets candies.  Maybe that makes [...]

October 26: Loving Others is Loving God

October 29th, 2014|0 Comments

A few weeks ago, we talked a bit about the ten commandments.  Those are the rules that Moses brought to the Hebrew people to teach them how to live well.  Many years later, Jesus was [...]

October 19: Copycat

October 19th, 2014|0 Comments

[Christopher followed me up to the chancel, sat behind me, and repeated everything I said...  until I gave him the signal to stop.] Good morning! [Good morning!] I'm glad to see you all here today. [...]

October 12: Giving Thanks

October 13th, 2014|0 Comments

Thanks for coming to sit with me up here.  Thanks for coming to church this morning.  Thanks for bringing your family along.  Thanks for your coins of offering that will help the life and work [...]

October 5: Worldwide Communion

October 8th, 2014|0 Comments

This morning when I arrived, I came in through the narthex, walked under the mezzanine to my pew and picked up a hymn book.  Now we're here at the chancel to talk about commandments.  Sometimes [...]

September 28: God Loves YOU

September 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Last week I gave you each one of these.  We talked about the idea that God's love is for everyone.  God has so much love; it is so big that everyone can have some. God's [...]

September 21: Rewarded with Love

September 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Christopher started growing a beard this week.  It is starting to look good, but he still has a little way to go before he is really happy with it.  I have never seen Barry without [...]

September 14: Too Many to Count

September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Have you ever hosted such a big party that you had to send out 490 invitations?  Have you ever received so many gifts on your birthday that you had to write 490 thank you cards? [...]

September 7: So Many Gather!

September 8th, 2014|0 Comments

I am so glad to see all of you back at Southminster today.  I missed you all over the summer.  Usually when I see all your smiling faces back after a long break, it means [...]

August 17: Enjoy Creation

August 18th, 2014|0 Comments

I offered Children's Time at Waterton United Church this Sunday in Waterton Lakes National Park.     My name is Hilary and I present Children's time at Southminster United Church in Lethbridge every Sunday morning. [...]

August 10: Favourite One

August 11th, 2014|0 Comments

I hope that none of my cousins or sisters is here today.  I do not want them to hear what I am about to tell you because I am afraid that they might get very jealous.  [...]

August 3: Sharing a Picnic

August 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Do any of you like to go on picnics?  I do!  I will spread out my picnic blanket and bring along my picnic basket.  I thought that it would be fun to imagine that we [...]

July 27: Security of a Carabineer

July 28th, 2014|0 Comments

I brought my carabineer clip to show you today.  I now that some people use these for rock climbing, but I am not that adventurous and I'm not wearing the right shoes.  They are used [...]

June 29: Buckets of Welcome

June 30th, 2014|0 Comments

I have started a new job in the last month at Family Centre.  I was looking through the resource library there and came across this book.  It is called Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  [...]

June 8: Fifth Element

June 9th, 2014|0 Comments

Today is Pentecost - the birthday of the church.  Just like balloons and candles on a cake are symbols that represent birthday parties, Pentecost is recognised by the ideas of wind and fire.  Wind blew into [...]

May 25: Help Within Reach

May 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Yesterday I went down to Waterton to help with some painting at Canyon Church Camp.  We were painting the floors in some of the cabins and we had to reach the paint rollers under the [...]

May 18: Built of People

May 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Have you ever tried to build a tower out of playing cards?  I have done it before but it is really tough.  So, for you today, I decided to build a pyramid from plastic containers [...]

May 11: Psalm of Emergencies

May 12th, 2014|0 Comments

When I am getting ready to go for a trip in my car, I make sure that I have everything with me that I might need.  I am going to Edmonton for four days in [...]