Engaging with a faith community can increase happiness and promote resilience in children, so we invest energy, leadership and staff time into this important work. We want to create a space where young people:

  • are welcomed and accepted for who they are
  •  are encouraged to discover and use their gifts and talents
  • feel free to ask questions
  • have a chance to experience wonder and awe
  • have an experience of God that helps them know themselves as loved

With that knowledge they are encouraged to reach out to others with compassion, love and respect.

For more information about Children and Youth activities, please send an e-mail to Allie Keir

Sunday Morning Children and Youth Group programs

On Sunday mornings, there are Sunday school programs for children and youth from infancy through to grade 12. While children and youth are welcome to remain with their parents, most choose to participate in classes to explore faith and life through drama, film, discussions and activities.

We have a full complement of caring, dedicated and fun teachers for all our classes:

  • Nursery 0-3yrs
  • 3 year olds to Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 8
  • Grades 9 and up are welcome to stay in the Worship Service

Registration:  It is very important that we have a current registration on file for each child. This allows us to check for allergies or special needs, provides emergency information, and provides teachers with a class list that is a resource in case of emergency. Even if you only attend occasionally, please register your children by completing the online form to make sure we have up-to-date information.

Children and Youth program Registration Form 2018/19
Permission form for video (pdf-sm91KB PDF)

Highlands Summer Programs (2018)

Explore our amazing world and our impact on it. Each week is different but will include a focus on at least one aspect of our environment through field trips, creative art, storytelling, science, games, music, drama and food. (Oh yes – and lots of water play during warm weather!) And each week campers will participate in a different project to show that what we do can make a real difference in the world. And as always – a great dose of Highlands fun led by amazing staff with a low child to leader ratio. A t-shirt and an end of the week celebration feast is included. All camps held at Highlands United Church.

Highlands Summer Camps
Join us this summer for our day camps for children entering Kindergarten through Grade 6. Each camp runs from 9am to 4pm and  includes: field trips, creative art, storytelling, science, games, music, drama and food. As always, a great dose of Highlands fun led by amazing staff with a low child to leader ratio. A t-shirt, daily snacks, and an end of the week celebration feast is included.

Super Hero Central:  July 9-13
Discover your strength in God. For kids in Kindergarten to Grade 6

Eco Art Camp:  July 23-27
Visual and applied arts – creative fun with a focus on the environment.  For kids in Grades 4-12.

Holy Elements:  August 7-10 (4 days)
 A journey through the bible with stories about Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.  For kids in Kindergarten to Grade 6

Musical  Theatre Camps
Sing, Dance & Act in a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere led by professional music and theatre educators. A performance for families and friends is held at the end of each week followed by a family and friends barbecue. No prior musical theatre experience is necessary. Cost includes a t-shirt, daily snacks, instruction and the end of week celebration and performance (families welcome!)

• Musical  Theatre Boot Camp: July 16-20
For older children and youth, this week provides more in depth training and rehearsal with an emphasis on teamwork and culminates in a professional calibre musical production. Once registered, participants will receive information about audition dates (held in June). Attendance at auditions is not mandatory but is encouraged as a way to meet the directors and other participants.

Musical Theatre Camp: July 30-August 3
For children entering Gr. 1 – Gr. 4. This is camp is aimed at younger children, and includes plenty of singing, dancing and acting along with art, games and an out trip or two.


(FULL) 2018 Adventures in Leadership (Gr. 8 – 12)

Through volunteering at a Highlands’ summer camp, you will gain valuable work experience as a children’s recreation leader, Sunday School teacher or camp counsellor. Adventures in Leadership includes a full day leadership training event (attendance required) on Friday, June 29th from 9apm-4pm.  All snacks, field trip admissions and a camp t-shirt are included. Participants must be able to commit to at least one full week (8:30 – 4:30) for July 9-13 or August 7-10.

(FULL) Leaders-in-Training (LITs) entering Gr. 8 or 9 in September or those with limited or no experience working with children. Grade 7’s with prior Highlands summer camp experience may also apply. LITs will be paired with one to two experienced leaders and will be assigned to work with groups of younger campers. LITs will participate in all aspects of the camp with their campers, and will be given leadership tasks as appropriate to their experience and interests. Cost is $75.00 for the week (includes training day, field trips, a t-shirt and an end-of-week celebration).

(FULL) Summer Camp Leaders (entering Gr. 9 -12 and who have prior experience as LITs or equivalent)
Leaders will be assigned to small groups of children where they will work with an LIT and one other leader to support children in all camp activities, lead group building games, and carry out assigned leadership tasks based on experience, skills and interests. Leaders must commit to a full week of camp for one of the above summer camps and will receive an honorarium of $30.00 per day. Acceptance is based on application and interview.


Cubs, Scouts and Guides

Highlands United has been the home church for the 15th Capilano Scout group for more than 50 years. We host a full complement of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, and Guides. For more information please contact Eleanor Oakley.


Registration Forms and Safety

Children and Youth program Registration Form 2018/19
Permission form for video (pdf-sm91KB PDF)

Highlands is concerned about your children’s safety and security

Highlands has a policy of zero tolerance for any kind of harassment or exploitation.

In keeping with United Church policy, our volunteers, leaders and teachers have current criminal record checks on file and work in pairs with children and youth. They are provided with regular training and support, and they all love working with children.

In the event of fire or other event that requires evacuating the building, teachers will take your children to the gathering place – the benches on the south eastern corner of the property – corner of Edgemont Blvd. and Connaught Street.  Please do not come to the classrooms or nursery to get your child. You will be guided from the sanctuary through the closest exits, and will meet your child at the gathering place. Delegated adults will come to the nursery to assist the teacher and volunteers in carrying all toddlers or infants. Following this protocol ensures that the children’s exit remains uncongested, and permits us to get all the children out safely.
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