Hi everyone! My name is Krystal Manuel, and I am the current Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Riverbend United Church. I was born in Newfoundland and my family moved up North (Inuvik, NT) when I was a teenager. I ventured down to Dawson City, Yukon where I attended Yukon School of Visual Arts and obtained an Honors Diploma – in Visual Arts. I fell in love with nature – and the arts. I worked for Parks Canada and had the chance to explore all of the nature and art the Yukon had to offer. I ended up moving to Saskatchewan to complete my Child Psychology degree, and minored in Women and Gendered Studies.
I moved to Edmonton about 7 years ago, to work for Children’s Services, Government of Alberta, and to acquire my “Village” to help raise my beautiful little girl, Adelaide who was baptised at Riverbend United Church in 2015. We decided, this was “our place”. In December of 2019, I saw a listing for a Children’s Ministry Coordinator, and I grasped at the opportunity to be a part of the Church in a more “official” role. Covid made my role a little challenging, but I am learning, and becoming much more resilient along the way.
In my spare time, I am an avid runner/athlete, I coach children’s soccer, co-lead Girl Guides, work with Kidsport, and am pretty much game for any and every activity offered.
In my role as the Children’s Ministry coordinator, I teach the children ways to learn by incorporating art and activities. We use art as a form of expression. I like to take traditional bible stories, find modernized ones, and then create something physical that relates to it. This year we have made Orange Shirt day T-shirts (Every Child Matters), Pretzels for Lent, decorated cookies for Spring, made our own Incubators to talk about the life cycles of chickens – we even had our very own chick “meet and greet”, Easter egg scavenger Hunt, and the most amazing Christmas pageant. Join us Next Sunday to see what shenanigans we will be up to next!
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