We are excited to announce that we have hired a new Kids and Youth Ministries Director. After receiving quite a number of applications and conducting interviews with a few very strong candidates, the hiring team felt a strong sense that Lani Wiens was the right choice for us. She brings with her a wealth of experience in both kids and youth ministry, is creative and is ready to go! We are excited to welcome her to the team, and to the community. You’ll be hearing more from her in the coming weeks but in the meantime below is a little bio.
Hi, I’m Lani Wiens. Kelly and I left our organic farm in Saskatchewan and moved to Winnipeg on my birthday, Aug 24 of this year (we still own the farm but that’s another story). We’re following God’s invitation to start a new ministry called Firerunner under the supervision and in partnership with Multiply through the Trek program, so we’ve been ‘upstairs’ every day for the last two months. The building feels very much like home. One of our fellow Trek participants posted your ad in our group chat and I felt like it might just be for me. I’ve been involved with children and youth ministry for close to 30 years in one way or another.
Kelly and I have six kids (4 boys and 2 girls), our oldest is married and presented us with our first grandbaby earlier this year. The two youngest (and our dog) are with us and the other three are in Saskatoon, Montreal and Hepburn. We are looking forward to getting to know you and serve you. We like swimming in the creative stream through music, writing, storytelling, fabric, paint, renovating things, decorating things and general mayhem. We’re always up for a good board game, too.
Parents, guardians, and those who are passionate about kids and youth:
Please join us Sunday evening September 13th at 7:00 pm at 782 Main St. We would like to consider together how to best come alongside our kids and youth in their walks with God and we need you!
Kids are not the future church, they are the church of today. These years are critical. The majority of people who follow the Lord make a decision at some point between 4 and 14 years of age. The next decade of their lives is the season where they deepen that faith and make a decision whether to continue this faith into the rest of their lives.
We have put a great deal of thought into the kids and youth ministries. Please consider the following questions that we explore further on Sunday.
What are you longing for in regard to your children’s and/or youth’s spiritual formation?
Would you be comfortable bringing your kids or youth to an in-person ministry if chairs were set up to maintain physical distancing? What measures would you feel are important to ensure safety?
Are you comfortable with you kids/youth attending an in-person small group? If so, how many people or families would be a reasonable size for you?
What priorities would you have for kids and youth ministry in this next season?
What do you/does your family have to offer to join in or volunteer in the area of kids and youth?
There are some changes in our Kids and Youth ministries that we’d like to keep you informed of. Beyond the obvious challenges Covid-19 has presented us (not meeting together on Sundays as well as postponing all kids and youth group activities – read about that here), we have recently had a change in leadership.
After having served faithfully since last summer, Andy Arthur has stepped down for personal health reasons. Andy has done a fantastic job with both our kids and youth. Also, volunteers have expressed appreciation for his organization and diligence in equipping them with what they need to see successful and thriving programs for our kids and youth. Thank you, Andy, for all this, and we wish you peace, grace and healing for the road ahead. You’ve done well!
Thankfully, Dustin and Dynel Davidson have stepped in to be our Interim Directors of Kids and Youthministries. Dynel will be overseeing the kids and Dustin will be working with our youth. They both will start immediately. Having Dynel and Dustin step up right now, is a real gift and will help to ensure our kids and youth will have as little disruption with Kid’s church and Youth Groups as possible. At present we are planning on posting permanent positions for these jobs later in the Spring.
WCV will be doing an annual fire drill at the end of the service on Oct 6th, at 11:40 a.m. This is part of WCV’s Plan to Protect policy. Kids Church will practice leaving their rooms with the volunteers down the designated stairwells. All of the kids and youth will head to the Greenspace,where their parents can pick them up and sign them out. After the kids have been signed out, everyone is welcome to head back inside for coffee, tea, and fellowship.
For both the fire drill and in case of any real emergency, Kid’s Church volunteers will escort children and youth (carrying all of the babies) safely out of the building.
Note>>> As parents, please do not attempt to rush up the stairwells to collect your children, as this will hamper our efforts of getting everyone down the stairs.
We have some exciting news… we’re hiring! We have a few meaningful and impactful roles working with our kids, youth, and the volunteers who work with them. If you have energy and passion to see kids and youth grow in their love for God and want to inspire volunteers to do the same, perhaps this is for you.
There are three job positions posted below: A director position that combines both Kids and Youth, and two other job descriptions that separate the two.
We invite you to:
Join with us and pray for the right person or people,
Forward this opportunity to someone you think might be a good candidate, or
Job Description – Director of Kids and Youth Ministries
Job Description – Director of Youth Ministries
Job Description – Director of Kids Ministries
>>Applications (resume and cover letter) can be submitted to Andy via email, or dropped off at the WCV office.
>>We will be accepting applications until August 4, 2019
>>Update: The position has been filled! Thank you!
Our very own WCV Youth have come together to plan and prepare some open worship evenings for our whole congregation. The heart behind this is to provide a space to come together in worship and to engage in what God is doing among us. We want to nurture deeper relationships with God and with each other. Our next Encounter God Night will be on Thursday, November 29th at 7pm in the Sanctuary. We’d love for you to join us.
In light of our current circumstance, we have, with sadness, cancelled our Men’s, Women’s, and Youth retreats this year. We are walking out this situation and responding to the needs of the congregation. We are creating more ways for the community to process, grieve, and connect that is more manageable and involves less planning than the retreats. Our next step in this process is as follows:
August 23rd, (tomorrow night)we will be having a Prayer Night, at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. We invite you to come, intercede for the church body, call out to God for mercy, wisdom and continued healing for all those affected.
Thank you for your love, understanding, and prayer for us.
If you have any ideas for connection, have any questions, or need to reach out to anyone, please contact the office.
The coffee house Saturday, April 7th, was amazing! Thanks to all who contributed by donating a raffle prize, donating a dessert and by coming. We are so blessed by the support. What a beautiful night of performances by our youth! And thanks to the Janzen boys for contributing to the dance party!
Here are some pictures from Saturday evening:
The Janzen Boys
The Janzen Boys
The beginnings of the dance party!
Thanks to Jodi for working so hard and putting this amazing event together!
Thank you Andrew Reimer for taking all the photos!
We are looking for support for our youth in 2 ways for the trip that is coming up in June:
First, we are looking for available vans to use to drive our youth to Duluth June 25 – July 1. Talk to Jodi or Jason if you have a reliable van that you are wiling to lend for this trip.
Second, if you are interested in sponsoring a couple of youth who are not able to afford the cost of Project Timothy, please email Jodi.
Parents, we are so excited as we launch into Imaginative Prayer with the Grade 1-7 this fall and winter!
Jared Patrick Boyd is the author. Jared was my spiritual direction teacher in my first year at the School of Spiritual Direction. He is a pastor and a father to four children. His heart is amazing and you can read all about his vision in his introduction to Imaginative Prayer or hear Jared here.
In Kids Church we will be going through a lesson per week. You can follow along as parents and follow-up with your child. As Jared states on page 25-26 “This book is not a guide for busy parents. It’s an invitation for busy parents to slow down, take some deep breaths, and recognize that you are the most important person in your child’s life and spiritual formation. There is no environment your church can create to compete with the kind of connection that you are able to nurture with your child.” You’ll find if you give yourselves to this process (even if you can’t do all the exercises), you will experience growth.
Here’s what our fall calendar will look like. Feel free to follow along!
Sept 10 – Week 1
Sept 17 – Week 2
Sept 24- Week 3
Oct 1 – Week 4
Oct 8 – Thanksgiving – No Kids Church
Oct 15 – Week 5
Oct 22 – Week 6
Break for Gifts4God until the New Year . . .
There are also some new changes to our structure. Grades 1-4 will continue to meet upstairs in Kids Church with our AMAZING team. Grades 5-7 will have a new youth team meeting with them in the youth room. Grades 8-12 will meet in the Comfy Couch Room.
“This book is about connection because of the way Jesus asks us to imagine our life with him – he is the vine, his Father is the gardener, and we are connected to him. This is how we bear fruit. This is the image he give us. This is what he asks us to imagine.” (13, Imaginative Prayer)
WCV is providing one copy per family. (More copies of this book are on order and will be here the week of Oct 13)
We’ve had an incredible week in Landenburg, PA @ Project Timothy. We’ve grown together with over 100 youth. We’ve worshipped together, absorbed teaching, allowed for personal formational time with God, participated in prayer ministry, small group and outreach. We’ve discovered more about ourselves and become more aware of God’s movement in our lives. We’ve created friendships from all over the US Vineyard to help us forge ahead on this journey we are called to as we go our own ways…until next year!
Thank-you WCV’ers for supporting our youth this year and investing in these young lives. We could not have done this without you!