Lexie Stewart is participating in an upcoming exchange program with youth from Zeballos, a small First Nations community located on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.
The youth from Zeballos will be coming to Ottawa in February for a week, and the Ottawa youth will be travelling to BC during the March Break.
This is part of a federal government program that is being coordinated in Ottawa by Rev. Hilary Merritt, the Youth and Young Adult Minister at Ottawa Presbytery, and it includes 20 youth from United Churches throughout the Ottawa area.
The Membership Relations Committee (MRC) sponsored the Presbytery Dinner on January 12, 2016, and kindly offered to donate the proceeds from the dinner to the Ottawa youth going to Zeballos to help offset some of their costs. In all, there were about 20 youth from the Zeballos trip who volunteered at the Presbytery Dinner, including Lexie Stewart. Kira Mathers from Woodroffe also participated as a youth volunteer.
The youth helped with the set-up, serving, and clean-up for the dinner, and were greatly appreciated.
Following the dinner, the youth trip was commissioned by Presbytery.
As well as the financial donation MRC made to the Zeballos trip, the Membership Relations Committee also donated the remaining tourtiere from the dinner to the Pastoral Care Team, and the individual portions were placed in the new freezer.
Youth from Woodroffe and Britannia United Churches participated in a community event at Woodroffe just before Christmas, on December 22, 2015. The two small youth groups, together with Rev. Kathryn Peate’s help, made some casseroles for our Pastoral Care team and Ministers to share with people they visit who might like to receive these. The youth groups prepared individual portions of two casseroles: turkey tetrazzini, and macaroni, tomato, & cheese. We also made some chocolate chip cookies. The two congregations split the casseroles, and at Woodroffe they were placed in the new freezer available to the Ministers and Pastoral Care team.
Woodroffe was represented by Erin and Ewan Wai and Kim and Lexie Stewart. There were two participants from Britannia United Church (Giana and Kim) and their leaders, Deana and Helen.
We look forward to doing more youth activities in the new year, hopefully including more baking and cooking for Pastoral Care.
The purpose of the Christian Education (CE) Committee is to provide an effective Christian Education Program so that the Congregation of Woodroffe United Church (WUC) can grow in Christian faith, knowledge, love and understanding and provide a more effective Christian witness. Among its responsibilities are:
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The Church School is located on the second floor. It follows the Whole People of God curriculum. It is a lectionary based curriculum that connects education and worship and uses the same Bible passages as those used in the service. Classes meet from the first Sunday after Labour Day to the end of May. The Church School has four classes:
Kindergarten to Grade 1
Grades 2 and 3
Grades 4 to 6
Children gather in the Sanctuary at 10:00AM and leave for their classrooms following the Children’s time in the Service. Children are invited to remain for the whole church service, and participate actively in church services, as the occasion arises. Children are encouraged to understand the meaning of holy communion by participating in some communion services.
The Nursery is located beside the Church School on the second floor and is staffed by volunteers. Parents with children too young to attend Church School can safely leave their children in the care of the volunteers or are also welcome to stay with their children in the Nursery.
The Library is located in the Narthex. It was originally created in 1963 to provide support to the Church School Teachers. The Library subcommittee is responsible for selecting books for the library, preparing book reviews for the Congregation and maintain the library. There are approximately 875 books in the library and at any time there are about 25 books out on loan.