November 2018

Friday November 23rd, 6-8pm: Friday Family Fest Night!

Meal + Games+ Adult social time. All ages. Playroom staff available for children 5 and under. No cost. Adults get a night off from cooking!

Dear UFP Families and Friends,

This year we are thrilled to introduce Friday Family Fest Nights; happening 4/year at UFP! These gatherings are an opportunity for families to come together, share a meal, relax, play and get to know each other a little better.

The evenings start off with a shared meal prepared and served by our children in grades 6-8 (born 2007, 2006, 2005) – giving adults a night off from cooking and doing the dishes! After the meal, the children (18 and under) play active games and/or board games with Kate, Gloria and two of our teen Playroom staff. The adults are invited to join Rev. Julie for a time of connection and socializing; a time to get to know one another as parents and to share some of the joys and struggles of being ‘spiritual guides’ for our children and youth.

Each Friday Family Fest Nights has a specific theme chosen by our grade 6-8 children who meet in RE on Sunday mornings. The theme for our first gathering on Friday November 23rd is Medieval Magic. Our menu therefor includes: Forest Bull Horn Casserole, Dragon Eggs, Enchanted Forest Swamp and Unicorn Horns.

Religious Exploration Sunday mornings at 10am:

Playroom (ages 0-5)

The Playroom is open every Sunday in October from 9:45am-11:15am. It is staffed by trained youth from the UFP community, many of whom are members of our Senior Youth Group.  Young children are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary during the service – please do whatever works best for your family!

Religious Exploration for Children & Youth (ages 6-14)

Every Sunday at 10am, join our Religious Exploration (RE) facilitators in experiential activities that explore our UU principles

  1. Each and every person is important.
  2. All people should be treated fairly.
  3. In our Fellowship, we accept one another and learn together.
  4. Each person is free to search for what is true and right.
  5. Everyone deserves the right to speak out and vote on things that matter to them.
  6. We work for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  7. We care for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.

Sunday November 4th, 10am: Using games and art, the children explore  the differences between working together and working alone. Kate and Gloria are RE facilitators. Playroom for ages 0-5 is staffed and open downstairs.

Sunday November 11th,10am: Through intercative games the children explore what it means to be an ally. Kate and Gloria are RE facilitators. Playroom for ages 0-5 is staffed and open downstairs.

Sunday November 18th, 10am: An exploration of  the expression: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Kate and Gloria are RE facilitators. Playroom for ages 0-5 is staffed and open downstairs.

Sunday November 25th at 10am:  Kate and Gloria will guide the children in an exploration of using alone time as “reSourcing” time. Using art,the children will create a quiet space in the RE room where thy can go to “chill out”. Playroom for ages 0-5 is staffed and open downstairs.

Religious Exploration Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm

Senior Youth Group (youth grades 9–12): The Senior Youth group meets weekly, September – end of June, on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in our downstairs youth room. Youth Group begins meeting again on Thursday Sept. 13th 2018, 7:30pm. The group follows school schedule and does not meet on Thursdays during summer, winter and March breaks and during exam weeks.

Throughout the year UFP Senior Youth have opportunities to travel to weekend Youth Conferences at UU congregations in cities such as Ottawa, Kingston and Montreal – and to sexuality education, OWL (Our Whole Lives)weekend workshops.

Save the Date:

Self Care UU Youth Con (grades 9-12)

When: 7 pm Friday February 22-10am Sunday February 24, 2019
Where: Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough
Registration info coming soon!
Self care is important in many ways.
We have to take care of ourselves all throughout the days.
Mental & emotional care is a must.
Don’t forget that physical care is a plus.
Our spiritUUal selves requires a mention
So we can ensure holistic attention.We’ll have some games and snacks and activities too
So much fun that you won’t know what to choose!
So come on down to our fun lil’ con
Where you too can get your Dr.Seuss on!

Help in the Religious Exploration Program

There are many ways you can support the religious exploration program. We are seeking seniors, adults, young adults and senior youth to help make this an extraordinary program for our treasured children and youth. The time commitment varies — it could be as little as once a year or as often as once a week, and depends on the role you are interested in filling.

Please contact Kate Huband (705) 741-0968 if you are interested or would like to find out more!