Wesley-Knox offers programs for all ages...
On Sundays, our Nursery is staffed from 10:15 am until the end of the Sunday service. In our nursery area, located on the second floor near our Sunday School rooms, volunteers provide loving care for infants and activities for preschool children while their parents attend the service.
Note: For those in JK-grade 12, worship begins in the sanctuary. Young people leave the sanctuary after the “Learning with God’s Children” time in our Sunday services.
Our Wesley- Knox United Church Sunday School makes use of a Workshop Rotation Model. Most lessons are developed from the Deep Blue curriculum published by Cokesbury. Delivered by a committed and enthusiastic volunteer staff, this curriculum transforms Sunday mornings into a time of lively interactive learning. Each week leaders choose from a variety of lesson material that make use of drama, games, cooking, science, art, puppets, music, DVDs, spiritual practices and storytelling. The result is creative, engaging and often unconventional ways of exploring the stories in the Bible.
Children’s Worship is divided into two age groups:
Primary JK – grade 2
Junior - grades 3–5
From time to time, we operate in a multi-grade environment. This allows children to connect with broader peer groups, learn from one another, and provide opportunities for leadership and mentoring. Intergenerational worship, faith formation and fellowship events, family camp and summer day camps, and the annual Christmas Pageant are also important parts of what we do at WesleyKnox!
Special note: Date of the annual Christmas Pageant is always the second Sunday before Christmas (e.g. Sunday, December 11, 2016). Pageant Rehearsal and Christmas Party is always 10 am–12 noon on the Saturday just before. (Saturday, December 10, 2016)
Grade 6, 7 and 8
Young people in grades 6–8 meet weekly upstairs in a Sunday School room. An active group, the young people and their leaders use a curriculum expertly tied together by the United Church of Canada New Creed.
YouthQuest—“Growing the Light of God in each of us!” YouthQuest is a Sunday gathering in which high school age young people explore scripture and discuss how scripture can apply to their everyday lives. This group meets in the Chapel during regular Sunday School times. All high-school age young people are welcome!
Confirmation is an opportunity for young people to confirm the promises made at their baptisms and to commit for themselves to a life of Christian Faith and Church membership. At Wesley-Knox confirmation classes are held for those in grade 8 and above, led by Rev. Tracy Crick-Butler. In recent years each of confirmands have each had a faith partner who supports and learns with them throughout each of their journeys. Classes allow those involved to ask questions, explore their faith, learn about the church and deepen their relationship with God. An information session for the young people and their families is held in late fall and a Confirmation Celebration is held during Sunday worship the followin late spring.
The focus here is on theology, social justice issues, environmental issues and interfaith dialogue. Much of what has been offered in recent years has been related to the emerging or progressive Christianity.
These run from three to twelve weeks. Participants meet, view a DVD segment, break for coffee, and then regroup to discuss. Programs are often supplemented by printed materials chosen to promote further discussion. DVD-based programs offered at Wesley-Knox in recent years include
Living the Questions
From Jesus to Christ (PBS series)
First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God
Embracing an Adult Faith
Animate Bible Study
Wesley-Knox hopes to offer a DVD-based program Sunday afternoons starting in October. Look for announcements in the Sunday service bulletins.
Speakers and Speakers Series
In the last four years, Wesley-Knox has offered two weekends featuring major speakers.
2009 – Marcus Borg: Reimaging the Christian Faith. Over 400 from all over Southwestern Ontario and beyond came to Wesley-Knox to hear this internationally known theologian and best-selling author. Notes for his four lectures are availble here.
2010 – Muslim activists Raheel and Sohail Raza on Islam, Jesus scholar David Galston on the Historical Jesus, Spiritual Director Bruce Tallman on Stages of Spiritual Growth, and Rev. Felicia Urbanski on the Unitarian faith
2012 – Reform Rabbi Debra Dressler on Judaism, Very Rev. Kevin Dixon of St. Paul’s Cathedral on the Occupy Movement, Aubrey Harris of Amnesty International on Abolishing the Death Penalty, and Raheel Raza on Arab Spring, Sharia law and honour killing.
Marcus Borg was to have returned to Wesley-Knox in October 2014 to present a series of lecture on Speaking Christian. Unfortunately, health problems set in and he passed away on January 21, 2015.