Children jumping in a rainy forest.

Families

The church is committed to supporting families and equipping them to face the challenges of modern life.

Clubs

Family clubs enable parents to meet each other and discuss parenting issues. Various programmes for both children and adults are offered. Family club meetings are held on weekday mornings or afternoons once or twice a week, and last an hour or two.

Daycare clubs for children between the ages of 3 and 6 are organised on weekday mornings or afternoons for up to three hours at a time. These clubs are always supervised by a nursery teacher trained by the church. 

At the end of the school day, afternoon clubs are offered for children in first and second grade. Many parishes have Brownie units and Scout troops.

You can get further information about clubs from your parish office.

Sunday school

At Sunday school, children learn how to worship, pray and be still, and to feel secure in God's loving care. They are taught Bible stories, and sing, do handicrafts, draw and play.

Although Sunday school, which usually lasts about an hour, is offered for children from the age of 4, the whole family is welcome to join. Sometimes, it can coincide with the sermon at the Eucharist. Of course, if you are new to Finland, Sunday school has the added benefit that it provides a natural environment for your child to learn Finnish and make friends.

You'll find a Sunday school in most parishes – ask at your parish office.