Welcome to Aurora United Church’s virtual Funday Sunday – Sunday School program! While we cannot meet together on Sunday morning, we can still meet virtually to learn about Jesus by reading the Bible, talking about what we’ve read and doing some activities. Get together with your family and do these lessons when it works for you or phone your friend or other family members who you can’t get together with to talk about these lessons. Have fun! 

Virtual Sunday School with Shining Waters Regional Council and

AUC Funday Sunday on Zoom

Zoom Sunday School is now finished for the summer. We look forward to seeing you in September. Watch this space for details.

 

Virtual Summer Camps...

 

Camp Awesome

Shining Waters Regional Council is hosting Camp Awesome, a virtual summer camp experience for children ages 8 - 14+. Join us online this year from July 6 - August 21 for a fun and educational line up of programming for your child. We hope to see you there!

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Camp Big Canoe - Camp Everywhere!

A new program from Camp Big Canoe that is delivering interactive and active virtual camp activities for children! Some of our awesome Camp Big Canoe Staff Family have teamed up with creative, insightful, fun and wacky camp-style programs designed to encourage positive social interaction.

There is live and interactive programming every weekday at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 8pm; Saturdays at 11am and 1pm; special events on Sundays at 7pm. There is even a trivia night for all of you parents, alumni and staff every Friday at 8pm.

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Sunday June 28 - Celebrating Pride

13 Rainbow Craft Ideas to Celebrate Pride

Pride Treats and Rainbow Crafts for Families

 

Let's Talk About Racism

Talking to your friends and family about racism can be tough. Here are some books and videos to help you start thinking about it.

More, More, More, Said the Baby

Written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams, Greenwillow Books (AGES 0-2) Blogger Sachi Feris at Raising Race Conscious Children says that in order to have conversations about racism when your kids are a bit older, you have to raise kids who are aware of race as early as possible. Making it seem like race doesn’t exist only serves to hide the fact that racism is something people face. To that end, she recommends reading the adorable and multiracial More, More, More Said the Baby with toddlers, and using it an opportunity to talk about the different races of the characters, and then expanding that conversation at the same time to talk about people of different ethnicities in your child’s life.

All the Colors We Are

Written by Katie Kissinger; photographs by Chris Bohnhoff, Redleaf Press (AGES 3+) All the Colors We Are takes a kidappropriate, demystifying and scientiIc look at why people have different skin colours (spoiler alert, it’s because of who our ancestors are, the sun, and melanin), and introduces the idea that skin colour is just one part of who we are. This smart book also includes activities to help with further discussions about this topic.

The Stone Thrower (Jael Ealey Richardson)

Written by Jael Ealey Richardson and illustrated by Matt James, Groundwood Books (AGES 4-9) A children’s version of a book Richardson wrote about her dad, Chuck Ealey, The Stone Thrower tells the story of Chuck’s life growing up as black kid in a thenracially segregated Portsmouth, Ohio. Chuck loved football, and though he faced many challenges, including poverty and racial taunts, he had an unbeaten record as a quarterback in both high school and university due to his determination. Even with all of this talent, he wasn’t chosen to play that position in the NFL because of his race. Instead, he became a quarterback in the Canadian Football League, and in his Irst year, led his team (the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) to win the Grey Cup in 1972.

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged

Written by Jody Nyasha Warner and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki, Groundwood Books (AGES 5-9) In 1946, a Black Nova Scotian woman named Viola Desmond refused to leave her seat in what was then a whites’-only area of a movie theatre. This picture book tells her story with striking illustrations, and offers a fantastic example of standing up for your rights, even when there are strong consequences. (Desmond was taken to jail, charged and Ined for her actions. She was later pardoned, though it was decades after her death.) Viola Desmond is the first Canadian woman featured on Canadian currency.

Kids Speak Their Mind About Race

Discrimination Explained for Kids

Racism is Wrong

Miss Anna Talks to kids about racism. I appreciated THIS video for a lot of reasons: clear, empathetic, short.

 

Things to do at home...

The Ickabog: A New Book to read online from J.K. Rowling!

Activities for Spring!

Boredom Buster Activity Plan

 

Other Resources for Families...

7 Mindfulness Exercises for Young Children

Kids experience negative thoughts and anxiety too, especially in difficult times or when their routines are disrupted. Mindfulness is a great way for us to practice how to be calm and relaxed and learn that our thoughts and emotions don’t need to rule our minds. Click on the link below for kid-friendly mindfulness exercises to help children learn to breathe and center themselves, especially during times of increased anxiety.

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Talking with Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Talking Points from Jeffrey Dale, Shining Waters Regional Council 20.03.20

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic by Alan Wolfelt at the Center for Loss and Life Transition, 19.03.20