Youth and Family Ministries at ECF

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.”

At ECF, we take seriously Jesus’ words to welcome children, not only the littlest ones, but all ages!


ECF’s approach to ministry with children is simple: that through this ministry, children will be attracted to Jesus and his Church, sustained in their faith and sense of belonging in our church family, and encouraged in the transition from their parents' faith to their own.

A key part of our approach is strengthening the families of which children are a part. That is why we try to make as many activities as possible multi-generational. We all have something to learn from one another!

If you have any questions about ECF’s programs, opportunities to get involved, or about your child(ren)’s faith development, please contact Pastor Don Ridder at 8395-9653.

We look forward to meeting your children soon!

What We Offer for Children, Youth, and Families

Nursery/childcare during worship, retreats, and the Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study


ECF’s Bible Discovery Zone (Sunday School) meets during worship. 
At ECF, we take great delight in the children that come through our doors.   Volunteer teachers foster relationships and share Biblical truths through a variety of activities (arts and crafts, gardening, music, science, etc.)  We celebrate the energy, creativity and inquisitiveness of our younger ones, and encourage them to wonder, praise and respond to the weekly passages that form part of God's Big story. 
Young Disciples Every Sunday, the Pastor spends a few minutes with the children before they are dismissed for Sunday School (BDZ). He often previews his sermon though play acting, using props, and engaging the children in a captivating way! 


Confirmation Class, which prepares older children for active participation in the life of the church and to articulate their own adult faith.
Teens and Young Adults are encouraged to help lead worship using their talents and gifts.  


Support for the  Wyld Life ministry and encouragement to ECFers to involve their teenagers in this school-based ministry.