Sunday services
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.

Worship committee
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.

 

Special Services

Ingathering
In the first regular service after the summer break (September), we share stories of our summer experiences and reconnect for the coming year.

Winter Solstice
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 Communion
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.

Summer Solstice
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.

Our Minister and Lay Chaplains welcome the opportunity to adapt ceremonies to help people create a personalized experience.

For details, visit our page on rites of passage.

Upcoming Services

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Summer Serendipity: Sources of Strength 10:30 am
Summer Serendipity: Sources of Strength
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Summer Serendipity: Sources of Strength
July 1, 2018 Topic: Sources of Strength Each of us has, or is in need of, Sources of Strength. Come learn about some, and share your own. Service Leader: Claire…
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Summer Serendipity: Just Say Yes 10:30 am
Summer Serendipity: Just Say Yes
Jul 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Summer Serendipity: Just Say Yes
July 8, 2018 Topic: Just Say Yes A key principle of improv is to ‘Say YES to everything’. What would happen if you ‘Just Say Yes’? Service Leader: Lisa Stein…
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Summer Serendipity: Spiritual Medicine 10:30 am
Summer Serendipity: Spiritual Medicine
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Summer Serendipity: Spiritual Medicine
July 15, 2018 Topic: Spiritual Medicine Medicine is a tool for emergency treatment, a support for health maintenance, and sometimes even an agent of healing. Today we’re talking about ‘Spiritual…
Summer Serendipity: Rest, Grow, SERVE 10:30 am
Summer Serendipity: Rest, Grow, SERVE
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Summer Serendipity: Rest, Grow, SERVE
July 22, 2018 Topic: Rest, Grow, SERVE Our Westwood Purpose Statement says “Rest, Grow & Serve the World”. What does it mean, in your life, to Serve? Service Leader: Ilara…
Summer Serendipity: Sharing the Light – Summer Edition 10:30 am
Summer Serendipity: Sharing the Light – Summer Edition
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Summer Serendipity: Sharing the Light - Summer Edition
July 29, 2018 Topic: Sharing the Light – Summer Edition Our Winter Solstice service is called “Sharing the Light”. What does it mean to ‘share the light’ the rest of…