To mark the beginning of 2022, the Weekend Club met online to explore new year traditions around the world and plan our 2022 event programme.

For the first Weekend Club event of the year, we met online to welcome the new year together. We were delighted to be joined by Reverend Doctor Kleber Machado – Minister of St Andrew’s West Parish Church and Vice Chair of Interfaith Glasgow’s Board – who gave a short reflection on the theme of new beginnings from his faith tradition as a Christian. Our volunteers prepared and presented a short quiz on new year traditions in diverse faiths and cultures, and participants shared with us how they mark the beginning of a new year in their own families and communities.

We used this event as an opportunity to gather feedback from participants and volunteers on what they enjoyed about the our 2021 events and what they want to do with the Weekend Club in 2022. Participants gave useful feedback about how we can improve what we do and had great ideas of what events they’d like to see this coming year – ranging from a visit to Stirling Castle, to a digital drawing workshop, to a barbecue on the beach! The team is now excited to take these suggestions forward and incorporate them in our programme for the coming year.

To close the event, music teacher Joanna Redman joined us all the way from her home in Brazil to lead us through a singing exercise. We sang the event out with a lovely rendition of The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love!

During the session, the kids were challenged to draw their dream Weekend Club event for 2022. As ever, the Weekend Club kids impressed and we received lots of beautiful drawings. Check some of them out below. And yes that is a worm exploring event… One of our wee ones loves worms!