Santa, Mrs. Claus (aka our own DRE Joanne Dingus) and all their elves not only delivered a whole lot of holiday cheer, but they and so many in our UUFP family created a year replete with wonderful things for which to be thankful—despite the COVID Grinch! Here is a glimpse of how our children and youth were both givers and receivers of Goodness!
As we come to the close of the year, I would like to highlight some of the RE events we managed to pull off despite being in a global pandemic!
For Halloween, we had an online Halloween party on zoom for children of all ages. Kids dressed up in costumes, shared spooky jokes and danced to scary music. The younger kids made Halloween pumpkin lanterns. The highlight of the evening for the older kids was a Murder Mystery Party led by drama enthusiast, Miss Abigail.
In November, we hosted a Harvest Drive-up event. Many of our families arrived at the Fellowship to decorate the trees with ribbons and write messages of gratitude on pumpkins. Children picked up their gift bags that included birdseed ornaments, Christmas cards to send, a collection of stories and craft materials for a later date.
In December, we held our Festival of the Season online. We were visited by Santa and children got to ask him their questions and share their hopes. We made fleece pillows together and made online jigsaw puzzles. There was a lot of holiday spirit and fun was had by all.
I would like to express my thanks to Rachel, Abigail, Lisa, Dylan and Santa for their help in making these events happen.
Thanks also to Miss Mary Elizabeth for sharing stories with the children, both near and far, each week at Story Time.