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Our Seven Principles

Adults

Children

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Each person is important.

 

2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.

Be kind in all you do.

 

3.  Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

We are free to learn together.

 

4.  A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

We search for what is true.

 

5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.

All people need a voice.

 

6.  The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

Build a fair and peaceful world.

 

7.  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

We care for Earth’s lifeboat.

 

A Culture of Peace

This is an exciting year for our children—not only because we are getting ready to celebrate our church’s 125th anniversary in May of 2014!
The focus for our children and youth this year is “A Culture of Peace.” We are working closely with Culture of Peace Hamilton, a local grassroots organization and offshoot of the United Nations Association of Canada. Join us as we explore the many ways to cultivate peace within, and spread it outwards throughout our families, communities, and the world.
Sharing with our world through social action

Last year, our children created a music video to lead our community’s food drive for Food4Kids (www.food4kids.ca) Their goal was to collect 800 food items and/or dollars, a goal they  exceeded by collecting over 3,000. One of the children said to her parents afterward: “I feel like I can do anything!”
This year, we continue to champion for Food4Kids as we continue our quarterly food drives.
We’ll also be walking for Canadian Friends of Hospital Albert Schweitzer during the Hamilton
Marathon Road2Hope Race/Run/Walks on November 2nd and 3rd (hamiltonmarathon.ca.)

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Enriching our spirits –
weekly programs for children and youth
Sundays for our children begin at 10:30 with intergenerational worship with the congregation. After “A Time for All Ages” which is a song or story, the adults ‘sing’ the children to their classes where they can be with friends in their age group to share and explore our “Culture of Peace” ideas.
From the end of the service (around 11:45) until 12:15, children can enjoy a snack and supervised play time, while parents can enjoy coffee in the lobby. Our Rainbow Room is available for babies and toddlers up to three years old, where they will
enjoy play and music with loving, responsible caretakers
Youth Group



Our youth group, for ages 14 and up, meets Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This year, we will present our own service to the congregation. We too are working with Culture of Peace Hamilton
Youth
Our Whole Lives Creative Spirituality
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive and age appropriate sexuality education program, led by trained facilitators. A holistic approach to sexuality is taught.
This year, we are offering OWL for children in grades 4-6 in the fall, and for children in grades 1-2 in the spring. OWL is one of the cornerstones of our educational programs, and
has a unique ability to improve lives
February is Creative Spirituality month, when all children three years old and up engage in workshops that encourage creative expression.
This year, we will be creating based on our “Culture of Peace” theme.
Mystery Friends
Mystery Friends is an intergenerational letter writing activity taking place in March, where children are matched with a mystery friend in the congregation. Everyone’s identity is revealed at a festive luncheon in the end. This is a great way to get to know people in the church, and form lasting connections.
 
A Community of Sharing
Our children are an important part of our community, and we ask that you volunteer to support our teachers once every few months by being a monitor in our classrooms. We need at least three volunteers a week in order to be able to run our programs. You will find that our classes are a fun and joyful place to be!
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Tamara McClellan
Lifespan Learning Professional
church office: 905-527-8441 x222
tamara@firstunitarianhamilton.org
First Unitarian Church of Hamilton
170 Dundurn Street South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4K3
 
 

Member Canadian Unitarian Council
The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton
170 Dundurn Street South
Hamilton ON  L8P 4K3
Phone: 905-527-8441  Fax: 905-527-6420

General Email: info@firstunitarianhamilton.org