This Friday a free kids’ night will take place at the Family of Faith Church with two hours of music, games, skits, candy and fun.
On the first Friday of every month members of the church come together to host theme event nights for kids in Grade one to six.
On Oct. 3rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. kids are invited to dress up in their brightest neon clothes and take part in the activities at the church facilities.
“We’ve been running these events for a couple of years now. We want to do something fun on Friday nights for kids. It seems like there’s a lot of stuff for youths, but we wanted something for the younger group to enjoy,” said Jaime Huizing, a pastor and children’s activity director at Family of Faith.
“The kids are adorable when they come in, especially the younger ones. Grade ones, twos and threes don’t exactly get to go out at night, so they come in really pumped up.”
Each month, a new theme is chosen for the kids to enjoy. Huizing said that before the events even had designated themes, children used to come in costumes and fun clothes to the event so it inspired them to add the thematic element to their kids’ nights.
The children are split between younger and older and enjoy age appropriate games, skits and music. Huizing says that there are always, “Messy, crazy, loud games” to be enjoyed.
“We have special lighting and music going. The kids can play big group games where we get everybody involved and win prizes,” said Huizing.
“Once the kids have attended for a year, they can apply to be CIA, which are Children In Action. It’s like leadership training for pre-teens. They can be involved with anything from greeting to sitting with the kids and helping create the skits.”
The church is located in Riverside Meadows and offer rides to families who live between that area and areas as far north as Johnstone Park and Kentwood. To access a ride, parents must call 24 hours in advance to allow for preparation from volunteers.
Parents can call the church directly at 403-340-3880 or the ‘ride line’ at 403-392-8368.
“I love the excitement of the kids. They really get into the themes and we’ve had ones like Superhero Night or Hawaiian nights. All the leaders are there to have a good time and it’s fun to interact with the kids and play the games,” said Huizing.
“From the moment the first kid walks in our door to the moment the last child leaves, it is all about the kids. They get a lot of love.”
The next kids’ night event will be held on Nov. 7th with the theme of an army night.