KIDS ALIVE (Sunday School)

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“Beautiful Beginnings Start Here!”

                  One hundred years from now
                  it will not matter
                  what my bank account was,
                  what sort of house I lived in,
                  0r what kind of car I drove…
                  But the world may be different
                  because I was important
                  in the life of a child.

                Welcome to our KIDS ALIVE program! Edith Rankin has one of the most dynamic and highly enrolled programs in Kingston for children with about 75 infants and children  registered annually.   Our greeters in the narthex prior to every service will be glad to help your child(ren) find the right place to be on a Sunday morning.

Each Sunday, the children are encouraged to pick up their name tag from the pegboard stand in the narthex and then sit with their families in church for the first few minutes of the service. Children up to gr 6 participate in a prayer, blessing and lantern-lighting at the front of the sanctuary each Sunday. Following this, all the children and youth proceed downstairs for their Sunday morning learning experience. Youth go directly to their program in the Youth Room. Children age 3 to Gr 6 meet together in the Lower Hall for ten minutes of “open session” in which the “rotation theme” is introduced. Following this, children JK-SK move to the Bayview Room (old nursery) in the Lower Hall and children Grs 2-6 remain in the Lower Hall to experience their rotation workshop. This fall the rotation theme will be “Disciples.”

For a 6 week rotation, one scripture story is experienced through a variety of workshops which include art, drama, movement, cooking, science, computer lab, video and music. The curriculum is called “Spark: Activate Faith” and is published by the Presbyterian Church USA. Several United Churches across Canada are using this curriculum. Our children and teachers love its hands-on, experiential approach to learning. This fall, the rotation will be based on “Jesus Feeds 5,000!” In the winter, the children will focus on “Noah’s Ark”.

In addition to the Sunday morning learning experience, the children are involved in several other projects. Twice each year the children take on an outreach project. These have included making “Welcome/Teddy Bear Cups” for Almost Home (Kingston), planting amaryllis bulbs as Christmas gifts for ERMUC members unable to attend worship on a regular basis, assembling “touchstones” in pouches for sale to raise money to build a school in Haiti, and making cards to sell to raise money for the Guatemala Stove Project.

Children also participate in liturgical dance/movement during worship, lead worship for our annual Children’s and Youth Service (Nov 20, 2016) and pageant (Dec 4, 2016).


Registration for KIDS ALIVE

Registration begins Sept 11 at 9:30 am. and continues through the month of September. Children and youth who miss this annual registration period can also be registered at any other time in the year. We require a form for each child for teaching and insurance purposes. Also, parents/guardians will be asked on the registration form to consider giving (or denying) permission for unnamed photos to be used internally and externally for Edith Rankin Memorial’s various communication media.

In accordance with Edith Rankin Memorial United Church’s Risk Reduction Policy and to ensure a safe learning environment for our infants, children and youth, all program teachers and leaders and Sunday School Coordinator have up-to-date police record checks.

Kids Alive, Nursery, Youth Staff

Program Oversight

Rev. Dr. Jean Stairs*

613-634-0479 (Res)                                                                                                                       613-389-2530 (O)                                                                                                                   Cell/Text: 613-331-4502


(An up-to-date CPIC is required if alone in nursery. Note: * = CPIC on ERMUC file)


Paula Laughlin*

(Res) 613-417-1907 (Cell) 613-483-9533

Occasional Helpers

Hannah Marchand
  Rebecca Cook*
C Jane Furter
Carolyn McPhee*
Anne Dickson*
Jessica Bullett*
Jane Furter

Kids Alive

Open Session = special theme-based activities or outreach for 50 mins

Circle Time = opening time for all ages JK – Gr 6 for 10-15 mins includes music, story-telling of theme, visuals, etc.

Teaching = a focus on the theme using a different medium every week; mediums include art, bible story and games, cooking, science, drama, music – for 35-40 mins


Kids Alive Coordinator:   VACANT                   (Inquires to Rev. Jean Stairs)

On-Line Sparkhouse Curriculum Management and Selection

Cindy Pettis*

Teacher Roster Scheduling

Genevieve Cairns

Willing to lead Open Session Times, Circle Time and/or Teach                 

Janet Dubblestein* (Gr 1-6)

Kathleen Bertrand* (SK-JK)                Lorna Thorne*(1 every 6 weeks)

Brenda Moyer (Circle Time only – music focus, once in fall, once in winter, once in spring sessions)

Assistant Teacher for SK-JK

Heather Ann Thompson

Rotation Teachers – Gr 1-6 at least once every 6 weeks

Melanie Darling*(Godin)

Paul Thornton (Science)

Kristen Harper (MacLeod)

Ruth Pettis (Music)

Penny Steele (Art/Craft)

Cindy Pettis* (any medium)

Outreach Sundays

Florence Niven (seasonal Valentine’s or Easter packages for those unable to worship regularly)

Fred Jones (bulb and pot planting for ERMUC gardens (fall) or for those unable to worship regularly (Xmas or spring)

Jan Watkins (‘Home Alone’ teddy bear/toothpaste mugs)


Rev. Dr. Jean Stairs                                            

Nancy Barber

Charlotte Jones

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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: Frontier Theme