Children and Youth
Young people—both children and youth—have always been important at Wesley-Knox, but it was not until some perceptive people did a tally that it became clear how central children and youth had become to the life and work of our church. In any given week, staff and adult volunteers in the Sunday School, YouthQuest, Community Choir Program and Junior and Senior Youth groups may work with as many as 200 different children and youth. This does not include those who come to Wesley-Knox for the Christmas and Good Friday Swell services.
Here are some programs offered at Wesley-Knox...
Information on these three programs may be found on the Education page here.
The Children’s and Youth Community Choir Program
Information on this program may be found on the Music page here.
The Shine Program
Shine is an innovative creative arts program for children and young people of all abilities ages of 7-12. In each 12-week program, participants engage in drama, music, visual arts and movement in a relaxed yet stimulating environment. They explore a variety of themes through role play, skits, singing, playing musical instruments—both pitched and unpitched percussion—and messy hands-on visual arts.
The Shine program is made possible through the generous financial support of the United Church of Canada Council and Wesley-Knox United Church Council.
Junior Youth Group
The Junior Youth Group is for young people in grades 5-7. It meets on the first Sunday of every month and at other times for special activities or if the group chooses. Group leader Chris Nichols advises that this group offers fun and engaging activities centered on its members growing in relationship with one other and learning more about their faith. If you’re in grades 5–7, he hopes to see you there!
Senior Youth Group
The Senior Youth Group is for young people in grade 9 and up including those attending college or university. The group meets most Sundays at the church 6:30–8:30 pm for fun and fellowship. Members can use a Facebook page to keep up with scheduled events or check the church bulletin. Highlights of a typical year include weekend retreats, Worshiplude in Ottawa and a Youth Forum at Pearce-Williams Christian Centre near Iona, Ontario—an event that brings together high school youth from all over London Conference. Other activities are the annual Wake-a-thon, movie nights, coffee houses and evenings of just playing games. Once a year the group conducts a Sunday church youth service. Group leader Brian Mackinnon advises that, if you join, you will find out that this group likes to eat. Many events involve food! He says, please join us!
Activities include Movie Nights, family outings and Camp Pearce-Williams. Information about Wesley-Knox family activities and Wesley-Knox youth groups may be found on the Fellowship and Service page here.
here. Then plan to be part of the next Swell!
This important youth service, billed as 14,000 watts of worship, is a ministry of Grace United Church, Sarnia, in partnership with Wesley-Knox. Twice a year—just before Christmas and again on Good Friday—a team of young people and their leaders from Grace descend on Wesley-Knox to set up lights, screens, projectors and sound equipment, transforming the Wesley-Knox sanctuary into an almost rock-concert venue. At the Swell, there’s music led by a band, drama, and much sharing, good fun and celebration. One constant feature: the Swell ends with Holy Communion. Swell participants come from all over Southwestern Ontario and beyond. Participation at a typical Swell is about 300 and sometimes as many as 450 attend. Open to all ages and to people of all denominations or none at all, the Swell has to be experienced. But you can get a taste of it online. Visit the Swell website