About Children and Youth

December 2016

Christmas Pageant

May 2016

Children working on crafts during Sunday School.

2016-05-15 Children web 2 2016-05-15 Children web 1

May 2016

An animated Children’s minute

2016-05-15 Children web

September 20, 2015
Children from Kids Alive decorated quilting blocks last year using the theme of LOVE for their individual designs. Anne Dickson then quilted the blocks in to a beautiful quilt. The quilt was shown to the Congregation today and will be permanently displayed in the Lower Hall.
2015-09-20 Quilt web

June 21, 2015
Cindy Pettis and Jean Stairs thank the Teachers who helped during the 2014-15 Sunday School year, during the  Service.

2015-06-21 Cindy Pettis 2015-06-21 Jean 2015-06-21 Cake Teachers

June 7, 2015 Smudging Ceremony and creation of a Heart Garden with Paul Carl

Paul discussed the meaning of the strawberry – Ode’imini (Heart Berry or Heart Medicine), Ode’imini-giizis June (Strawberry Moon), to the Anishinaabe, and thanked the children for making hearts and placing them around the strawberry plant in the ERMUC Garden. The hearts were made to support the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, former students of Indian Residential Schools and their families, the TRC, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, KAIROS and Project of Heart.  Children and youth across the country were invited to create a Heart Garden.

Smudging Ceremony 6 Smudging Ceremony 1 Smudging Ceremony 2 Smudging Ceremony 3 Smudging Ceremony 4 Smudging Ceremony 5

We have one of the most vibrant and active Children’s and Youth Programs among churches in Kingston with about 75 infants and children enrolled and a youth ministry with 20-25 youth from grades 7-12. We also have a “Tween” ministry with children Grades 4-6.

Many different opportunities are provided for children and youth at Edith Rankin Memorial United Church. Sunday morning remains a vital time as children participate in Kids Alive, a vibrant program led by a team of educators and an experienced coordinator. On Sunday mornings, youth in grades 7-12 meet in the “Youth Room” to explore the scripture readings of the day through active means or prepare youth services, experience prayer stations or engage in an outreach project.

In addition to Sunday morning experiences, which include a prayer or blessing and lantern-lighting with the children, youth and families have many other things to choose from for their faith development. Follow the links below for more details.

Our congregation feels strongly enough about supporting its children and youth that it has a full-time Minister of Christian Education, Outreach and Family Pastoral Care (Rev Jean Stairs), providing direct leadership and support to the congregation’s children and youth programs and families.






Mission Statement


“We seek to be a welcoming community, anchored in God’s love,
challenged to sail on the winds of the Spirit, sharing the
Good News of Christ with each other and the world.”


Edith Rankin Memorial United Church, 4080 Bath Road Kingston, Ontario Telephone: 613-389-2530 Email: churchoffice@ermuc.ca Frontier Theme