9/20/20 - Homecoming Service / Water Ceremony
Today we will meet at Connie Bertram’s house at 11am in the Hackettstown area for an outside version of our annual Homecoming Service with Water Ceremony and then a “physically distant but socially close” picnic. This is a time when we will bring water that represents our summer experiences—traveling or at home--to pour into our communal bowl to symbolize us coming together as a community. Bring your own picnic lunch and drinks and lawn chairs.
9/27/20 - Service Sunday
We will meet at Fellowship to work on cleaning up our outside space, as well as to pack up leftover Yard Sale items. Masks will be required for inside work. We will practice social distancing and keep doors open for fresh air.
10/4/20 - Service Sunday
Today we will gather virtually for a remote Intergenerational Sunday Morning Zoom service at 10am. The Zoom link will be sent out ahead of time. If anyone has not yet used the Zoom platform, there are multiple members willing to help you practice ahead of time so you can join the group.
WHAT ARE SUUF SERVICES LIKE?
Skylands UU is a lay-led congregation, meaning that members from the Fellowship manage all aspects of our organization, through volunteer committees and elected congregational boards. Lay members also design and lead the majority of Sunday Services, which follow a monthly theme. We also invite outside members of the community to occasionally lead services. During the fall and spring we generally have one Sunday each month that is a "Service Sunday", where we all work on buildings and grounds projects together rather than having a presentation.
Each service follows a similar format including chalice lighting, readings, music, a time for expression of Joys & Concerns, Offeratory, a children's story, closing words, and extinguishing the chalice. The content of the main presentation can be very different week to week so we encourage folks to come back a few times to get a feel for the full range of all we have to offer.
There are also classes for the children during many services, although there are also services designed to be multigenerational and include children.