Monthly messages and special updates from your Board of Directors.

OPPORTUNITIES TO BRING IN YOUR PROOF OF VACCINATION

As we move closer to the Dec 5th launch of the dual platform services, the Safe Gathering Committee is working to prepare for a smooth and efficient entry and flow of people traffic in the first few weeks of in-person services. We would like to provide some opportunities, for those wishing to attend in person, to come to the Unigogue and sign some paperwork ahead of time. This will make our Sunday morning greetings flow more quickly and simply. 
 
As a reminder, the Board has decided that Proof of Vaccination will be required, for those eligible for vaccination, as part of our return to gathering for in-person services. The Safe Gathering committee also have some information to share on Covid risk management and protocols. We are therefore creating a document that will allow anyone to acknowledge risk, commit to safety protocols and provide proof of vaccination check all at one time. Anyone giving consent to have this information on file will then only have to register and complete Covid screening to attend each Sunday, no need to provide POV every week. 
 
Registration and screening will look similar to our outdoor gathering that happened in late summer, using the Eventbrite platform. This is necessary because attendance numbers will be limited to allow for physical distancing in the sanctuary. More on registration and Covid screening as we get closer to Dec 5th.
 
If you can come to the Unigogue on any of the following dates/times to provide your proof of vaccination and sign the document that would be great. There will be dates/times the last week of November as well. If coming ahead of time is not possible, folks can also go through the process of signing the document and providing proof of vaccination on the first day they attend an in-person service.
 
Thursday November 18th,  10 am – noon.
Friday  November 19th  7 – 8:30 pm
Saturday November 20th   11 – 12 or 3-4 pm
 
If you choose to come on one of these dates, please remember that physical distancing from those outside your household will be expected, masks must be worn inside and you will need your proof of vaccination as well as photo ID.  Proof of vaccination can be hard copy print out or QR code to be scanned or your email confirmation of vaccination from the government website. If you have medical exemption from vaccination then please bring that and photo ID. 
 
Safe Gathering Committee
 
 

GREETERS NEEDED FOR DEC 5TH, DEC 12TH, AND BEYOND

As we make plans for beginning the dual platform services, the Safe Gathering Committee is envisioning the new, extended roles of the Greeters for Sunday morning in-person services. 
We are looking for 3 people interested and available for the Dec 5th and 12th services, and more people for moving forward to share the weeks beyond that.
 
On Dec 5th Safe Gathering committee members will be trying out the new processes for greeting folks as they arrive, checking them off the preregistered list, ensuring Covid screening has been completed and proof of vaccination is on file, explaining the traffic flow and seating arrangements etc.  We would love to have 3 people to volunteer to “shadow” us, provide some feedback and then take over that role with our help as needed, the following week.  If you think this is something you could help with, either in the first two weeks or possibly beyond, please send an email or call Heather Ballarin at ballarin@nexicom.net or 705-931-0732.  These tasks are obviously new ones directly related to Covid and volunteers who previously fulfilled greeting roles may feel comfortable with these new tasks, or may not.  That is fine and please recognize that this is all evolving, so more roles and volunteer opportunities for Sunday morning are also very possible and equally needed/important. This is simply what the Safe Gathering Committee needs help with to move into “in-person services,” and still meet the province’s and public health authorities regulations and recommendations.
 
Safe Gathering Committee
 
 

Past Notes From the Board

HERE COMES RE-OPENING

Your UFP Board along with the Safe Gathering Committee is happy to share with you that dual-platform services could be happening as soon as December 5th.

There will be opportunities over the next month to participate in dialogue and learn more about what the services will look like when we all return.

WELCOME TO THE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The board of the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough thanks Marta Hanlon for her two years of service and bids adieu. Marta has completed her term and now plans to exert her energies in other directions. We say hello and welcome to new members Tracy Galvin, Meredith Hill, and Brian Thorn. And we welcome back Stephanie…

OFFICIAL CALL FOR MEETING

Dear Fellowship Members and Friends: Please consider this the official announcement that a Special Meeting of the fellowship is scheduled for Sunday, May 2, at 4:00 pm (to be held online).  In addition to the usual business of our Annual General Meeting we have special business to conduct, namely to affirm the Memorandum of Understanding between us and Beth…

Re-opening?

In our last message to the congregation about reopening, the Board let you know that we would not reopen before October 4 at the earliest, and that we would update you in September. Well, it’s September, and the Board has decided that we will not be reopening for in-person Sunday services before January at the…

When will we re-open?

The UFP Board has decided that we will not return to in-person services and meetings until at least October 4. UFP’s committees and groups should continue to meet on-line as well. A memorial service may be allowed if we are able to meet the safety protocols. The Board will be monitoring the situation and will…

Online-Only Services

Leadership at the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough has decided to suspend in-person gatherings starting this Sunday, March 15 for at least 2 weeks, moving to online services instead. We do this because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the risk it poses to our community, and in alignment with the advice of the Unitarian…

November board message

Chalice at our May 2018 "Two Faiths, One Home?" Community Conversation with Beth Israel

The board would like to bring everyone up to date on the exciting progress in defining our new relationship with Beth Israel. This extract from the Joint Statement of Intent agreed to by both congregations explains why we are considering this change. “Beth Israel has aspirations for a community where congregational size, resources, and leadership…