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, worship@westwoodunitarian.ca , or leave a message in the office at (780) 434-5819.

 

Special Services and Seasonal Celebrations

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.  Enjoy a time of music, story, and celebration as we reaffirm our ties with nature and celebrate the return of light and longer days.

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 life’s passages: birth and naming, marriage or partnership, memorial and interment services, home blessings and more.

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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Bah! Humbug 10:30 am
Bah! Humbug
Jan 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Bah! Humbug
Jan 6, 2019 Topic: Bah! Humbug Mitch Waldon will lead the annual Bah! Humbug service where we reflect on the past year and set intentions for the year ahead. Speaker:…
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Strong Bodies, Tender Hearts 10:30 am
Strong Bodies, Tender Hearts
Jan 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Strong Bodies, Tender Hearts
Jan 13, 2019 Topic: Strong Bodies, Tender Hearts Speaker: Kyle Fairall Kyle Fairall received a human rights award for their work with Queerflex, the first gym dedicated solely to LGBTQ…
What’s Next? Rest? 10:30 am
What’s Next? Rest?
Jan 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
What's Next? Rest?
Jan 20, 2019 Topic: What’s Next? Rest? Speaker: Westwood Board Service Leader: Jacqueline Willette Musician: Rebecca Patterson & Guest Westwood is a compassionate community of free religious thought inviting all…
Rev Fulgence Ndagijimana: Looking to the Future with Hope 10:30 am
Rev Fulgence Ndagijimana: Looking to the Future with Hope
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Rev Fulgence Ndagijimana: Looking to the Future with Hope
Jan 27, 2019 Topic: Looking to the Future With Hope Speaker: Rev Fulgence Ndagijimana Service Leader: Brenda Jackson Musician: Harmonia It is still early in the new year and we…