Children and Families

Children and youth are an integral part of our community and we strive to create programming and events that focus on building an inclusive community, nurturing our spiritual journey, and having fun! We honour and celebrate all kinds of families as part of our commitment to being a fully inclusive and Affirming community of faith.

Sunday Morning

On Sunday mornings from September to June we have age-appropriate programming for children that runs adjacent to our worship service! Children from the ages of 0-3 are welcome in our Children’s Play Centre at any time. Children from age 3 to Gr. 7 are welcome to stay in the Sanctuary for the first part of the service, then head to our Kids Programming Centre’s with their leaders for a fun and interactive time. Events for youth and young adults are being planned with our community and in partnership with other churches in Calgary.

Our leaders are caring, passionate, experienced, and carefully plan activities, themes, crafts, and conversations that incorporate spiritually progressive themes. All children are welcome, no matter their faith background!

After the service the children meet their parents/guardians in our Hospitality Hall for juice and cookies or hot dogs and chips during our monthly Hot Dog Sundays.

New to McDougall?

Our registration form will help us get to know you and your family, to provide the best experience possible. You can also contact Family Ministry Leader, Aileen Berridge at for any questions about signing up. 

Upcoming events

Messy Church
Life is Messy, and so are we! Messy Church is a way of being at ‘church’ for families of all kinds, and people of all ages. Come as you are for a night of fune, food, and community. This is an inclusive place where we can journey alongside each other in creativity, hospitality, and celebration. Join us the second Saturday of the month from October to May. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information please contact Aileen Berridge, Family Ministry Leader,
Upcoming Messy Church Dates:

  • 2019: 2nd Saturday/month, 5 - 7 p.m., Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14.

  • 2020: 2nd Saturday/month, 5 - 7 p.m., Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9.


Saturday, October 26, from 6-8 pm.
Haunted House, Mad Science, bobbing for apples and more. Hot dogs, chips and juice.
Family friendly community event, wear your costumes. FREE, donations welcome. Not need to register, just show up.


Family Events

We host a variety of all-ages family-friendly activities and events, year-round. You can join us for:

  • Movies Nights - skip the line-up, and watch the same movies playing in the theatre!

  • Messy Church evenings

  • McDougall Outreach programs where kids can be involved in preparing lunches

  • Annual Camping Weekend in Sylvan Lake

  • Annual Peace Camp

  • Regional Youth Events

Community-wide celebrations such as Neighbour Day, Fall Fest and our annual Halloween Party are getting bigger and better every year and are open to the entire community!

Get Connected

Subscribe to our email blasts to make sure you don't miss what’s happening at McDougall! To sign up, or for more information on any aspect of our Children’s Ministries, contact our Children's Program Coordinator Aileen Berridge at or our Director of Family and Spiritual Development, Pam Rocker, at