Leslie Menagh is thrilled to join the UFP and BIS teams as the Joint Administrator. Leslie is a Peterborough resident and entrepreneur, community organizer, workshop facilitator, and interdisciplinary artist. She has worked for many years in arts administrative roles and the cultural sector. Most recently she has been operating a business called Madderhouse Textile Studios where she produces and teaches textile screen printing, has presented a variety of workshops with other professional artists, hosts artists-in-residence, and project coordinates with other organizations and artists to bring innovative public engagement opportunities to the public. She is also a keen founding supporter for the social enterprise, working with a team of sewists who are newcomers to Canada (Newcomer Sewing Crew). Leslie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Hello Beloved UFP Community!
As I am sure you have heard, things are changing again in our pandemic world. At this week’s Board meeting, acting on advice from the Safe Gathering Committee, we made an unavoidable decision based on the presence and spread of the Omicron variant.
We are suspending in-person indoor services and meetings for the foreseeable future. Outside gatherings are being considered okay – as of this publication – given proof of vaccination, good fitting masks and maintaining that safe distance of 6 feet between households.
The good news is that, leaning into the need for both safety and connection, we have learned that it’s possible to be in community in the important ways, albeit online.
Of course, this is disappointing, especially as this is holiday time. Still, we are committed to keeping our community strong and connected while also keeping our community safe and healthy through reducing risk. We are also very much committed to decision making based in evidence, science and best practices.
It was really wonderful to have the experience of a couple of in-person Sundays, and we will get there again, for sure. However, beginning this Sunday, December 19th, our 10am Sunday services will only be offered online until things change again.
Please stay safe and stay connected- we will look forward to seeing you soon!
Stephanie Wildheart on behalf of our UFP Board of Directors
1. Covid Safety Acknowledgement Form
The Covid Safety Acknowledgment must be signed by all those attending. Once completed, you’ll not need to do it for subsequent services. If you choose not to sign the Proof of Vaccination portion of the form, you can simply present your proof of vaccination each week that you attend.
Signing of the form can be done on Sunday morning and we ask that you consider coming as early as 9:30 to help our greeters to process everyone and have everyone seated in time for the 10:00 service start. HERE is a link to the form if you would like to review it before coming on Sunday.
2. SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE FOR SUNDAY SERVICES
- Attendance limit to ensure physical distancing (please pre-register)
- Proof of vaccination requirements for all those 12 years of age and older
- Use of a good fitting face mask
- Active covid screening
- Increased natural ventilation during the service
HERE is a link to more information about masks and decision tools to help determine your own personal risk of attending an in person event.
Everyone planning to attend in person must pre-register. There is no cost for “tickets” but it will ensure that nobody is turned away at the door.
There are two separate Eventbrite invitations, one for the upstairs service and one for the downstairs family programming. Please complete the registration with the number attending for the chosen space/program (for the downstairs program, include the total number of children and adults).
Anyone who cannot use the Eventbrite ticketing process should feel welcome to contact Heather at 705-931-0732 or Stephanie at 705-772-3011
For the Dec 19 service in the sanctuary, register HERE.
There is no morning family programming on Dec 19. You’re invited to attend “Sharing Our Light: An Intergenerational Solstice Gathering” at 4:45 at the Environment Centre. More information HERE soon.
4. ACTIVE COVID SCREENING
The Eventbrite invitation AND the follow-up email confirmation that you will receive when you register include information about how to complete an online screening, which should be done between Saturday evening and Sunday morning so that it is current. Please complete the screening on behalf of all those in your household that will be attending with you on Sunday.
You can prescreen using this tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/customer/
At the end of the screening, you have the choice to email the results to someone. Please email to UFPScreenings@gmail.com
You also have the option of saving the results to show the greeters at the door or printing a copy of the results to show at the door. If you cannot complete the online screening, know that you will be asked the screening questions at the door.
5. RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION PROGRAMMING
We are so glad to offer special programming for our families and we welcome you on Sunday morning. Jessica is trying something new and will be offering Religious Exploration programming for families to enjoy together. During this trial period of family programming, parents will be joining their children for service in our downstairs hall, all together. There will be opportunities for parents to reflect together as children join our facilitator for outdoor games. Jessica has created this format as a gentle way to support families and children to transition to the new routines and guidelines that will be in place for in-person services.
6. MORE QUESTIONS? WATCH THIS RECORDING!
Wondering what to expect when coming to an in-person service? We recorded a recent information session. Take a look!