Welcome to January's theme of Jewish and Christian Teachings!
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Happy New Year! Our theme for January is our fourth Source: Jewish and Christian teachings of God’s call to love our neighbour. In the children’s program, we will be exploring some of the messages from the Jewish tradition on January 5 and 26, and messages from the Christian tradition on January 12 and 19. We will do so through story telling, games, crafts, and conversations about what kindness looks like in our lives and in the world.
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Children are encouraged to participate in the first part of the Sunday service and then invited to go downstairs to participate in our religious education classes.
Some Sundays the children spend the whole service downstairs in class to provide them with enough time to delve into a lesson and activity. Those Sundays are marked in the upcoming service descriptions on the website and in the newsletter.
Our religious education is designed to:
- share stories from our religious heritage and other religious traditions;
- develop a loving sense of justice;
- nourish creativity;
- build on a child’s natural sense of wonder and encourage the impulse to play and inquire;
- encourage spiritual awakening and development.
Newcomers are welcome to join classes anytime during the year (September through June), each week or on a drop-in basis.
Children’s programs are coordinated with the whole church themed ministry.
Children at Westwood
Children are very important to the Westwood community. A favourite part of the Sunday service for many is the weekly Story for All Ages, when children and the young at heart are invited to join the storyteller at the front for a better look at the pictures!
Children’s programming and child care in the nursery happen during part or all of the service.
Many of Westwood’s regular events welcome people of all ages, like Second Sunday Potlucks.
Also, complimentary child care is often available during congregational meetings and workshops to allow parents a chance to conveniently and fully participate in the life of the congregation.
Preschool and School-Aged Classes
Our religious education class is a multi-age classroom where children interact and are encouraged to play and learn cooperatively.
In this program we draw on many sources – a variety of UU curriculum and other sources; stories, multi-age groupings, discussions, play, crafts, activities and the children themselves. We encourage children to explore and affirm our connections to the larger community, to the natural world and to the Principles of Unitarian Universalism.
Safety & Well-being
Parents need to formally collect all children at the end of the service. Please also be aware that to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our members, unsupervised play is not permitted in the church building or on church grounds. All children should be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.