While we continue a protocol of masks and safe social distancing, more than ever we are called to stay connected to our families and youth. For the time being we are only able to meet online. We hope that as weather permits and regulations relax, we will be able to pivot to some outdoor safe gatherings in small groups, as we did this past fall. We invite your suggestions and ideas about how we can best serve families at this time. Please feel free to contact Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Erika Reif.
What follows is a sampler of activities thus far. Please join us in the months ahead!
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN
At this time, we have a general registration form for children. This affords us necessary contact information and details to include your child in age appropriate invitations as our programming evolves. Please click here to register. Faith Development Registration
For most services, we offer a narrated story for our families and youngest congregants that echoes the service themes; on topics as wide ranging as BIPOC voices, social justice, UU principles, and environmentalism. Follow this link Story Listings for brief descriptions and access to our youtube site to experience the stories, on demand.
These stories have proven popular with all ages which is why we provide this listing. We hope you will borrow one of these books from your local library or purchase your own for yourselves or as a gift.
A 45 minute monthly online chapel before the worship service, usually the first Sunday of the month from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. All are invited to attend, meet new friends and see familiar faces while engaging in activities and reflections on the monthly theme. Geared towards children and families. Parents/caregivers are welcome to participate or not, but should be nearby if younger ones need help. Online Zoom Chapel
Beginning in Spring 2020, we welcomed the public and our own members to roam our grounds and view a series of installations in words and pictures. The thematic focus was racial justice and faith, in rotation, until the final weeks of warm weather, This is something we plan to continue to welcome Spring 2021, as weather permits. For a complete listing of the visually arresting books we have exhibited to date, follow this link. Video and Parent Resources
FAITH TO GO
In an effort to maintain the connections in faith development and service, we have done occasional deliveries of craft projects and seasonal celebration items. Highlights have included packages celebrating Spring along with seeds and instructions for families to grow their own seedlings! As winter approached, we compiled packages of sweets and dreidel games, cards and crafts, all delivered door to door. The month of March brought mystery bags and an in home scavenger hunt to explore curiosity!
MIDDLE SCHOOL GAMES
We have had vibrant gatherings of 5th through 8th graders who come together for an hour of online games. Games have included “Guess the Pixalating Picture”, “Trivia”, “Family Feud” as well as the most popular recent addition, “Where’s Bernie”? This is a late afternoon hour dedicated to coming together with a chance to connect with old and new friends..
Our UU high school aged youth hold weekly virtual meetings on Sunday afternoons to make connections, consider big questions, engage in creative activities and do service in the congregation and community. Click this link to join. firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL GENERATION EVENTS
Unable to gather in person this past holiday season, families and individuals were invited to create unique ice lanterns and luminaries. These pieces were installed on the meeting house grounds and illuminated for a safe distance ambling as the snow fell on Solstice Eve.
An outdoor festival of games and art making combined as a service project hosted by our YUUTH group. Hand painted pumpkins were designed and delivered by more mobile members of our community to those more isolated and home bound in these times. Brightening our days!
TRIVIA GAME NIGHTS
A multigenerational gathering for all ages. This is a great way to get to know folks across the congregation and have some fun. Folks come for a little bit or the whole time and enjoy a wide range of age appropriate online games from the “zoom” repertoire!