10:30 am each Sunday, September to June. Informal services in July and August.
Visitors are very welcome. Refreshments and conversation follow each service.
Childcare and children’s programs are offered on Sundays from September through June. Drop-ins are welcome. See upcoming service details in our calendar and newsletter.
Smoke & scents policy
We request that people please refrain from wearing perfumes, perfumed body products, or any other scented products at Westwood. There are those among us for whom illness is triggered by smoke and scents. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.
How do we worship?
Many elements contribute to our worship: music, meditation, words for reflection, stories, hymns, a sermon or address, poetry, and sharing joys and concerns.
We believe that our worship is inclusive and meaningful for people with differing beliefs and needs.
Our worship committee is responsible for the services. If you have questions, comments or ideas about worship at Westwood, please send them an e-mail or leave a message in the office at (780) 434-5819.
In the first regular service after the summer break (September), we share stories of our summer experiences and reconnect for the coming year.
On the darkest day of the year – come and share the light with us! Westwood has held annual celebrations of Winter Solstice since 1987. We gather at City Hall for an afternoon or evening all-ages gathering. Enjoy a time of music, story, and celebration as we reaffirm our ties with nature and celebrate the return of light and longer days. The service is led by Anne Barker, minister of the Westwood Unitarian Congregation, and features Gordon Ritchie and his harp and Westwood choir, Harmonia.
For information about this year’s winter solstice celebration, visit Westwood’s calendar.
Flower Communions are a long standing Unitarian tradition. By exchanging flowers, we show our willingness to walk together in our search for truth, disregarding all that might divide us. Each person takes home a flower brought by someone else – thus symbolizing and celebrating our community.
In June, we usually have a joyful celebration in the neighbourhood park with song and dance to mark the beginning of summer and longest day of the year.
Weddings and Ceremonies
Unitarians offer celebrations of birth and naming, marriage or partnership, or a life that has ended.
For details, visit our page on rites of passage.