We are gathering in person and on Zoom this Sunday at 10:30am!
I am astonished every congregational year when we arrive at the Flower Ceremony in June – how did the months go by so quickly? Before we head into the quieter days of July and August, where we return to shared on-line services with other Southern Ontario congregations, we have two very special services to close out the busy season.
This Sunday we celebrate our annual all ages Flower Ceremony, honouring the power of flowers to bloom even in harsh conditions. Bring a flower for our flower chalice and wear your brightest or most floral attire! Guest musician Carson Freeman is bringing his flute. Afterwards we will enjoy an ice cream treat on the lawn.
More Time for All Ages
This Sunday (the 12th), the story is Time is a Flower by Julie Morstad. This Canadian author wrote and illustrated this text as a colourful, mixed media meditation on time.
The discussion questions below focus on principles 1 and 7. I encourage parents and/or guardians to share these questions with their families.
Principle 1: The inherent worth and dignity of every person/Everyone is important
Principle 7: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part/We must care for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things
- Do you have a favourite flower/plant? If yes, what does it mean to you?
- If you had to explain the concept of time to an alien, how would you explain it?
- What thoughts/coping strategies keep you positive during hardship?
Below are some additional resources/opportunities focusing on similar themes:
- Children: An ABC of Flowers / The Hidden Rainbow (Book)
- Junior Youth: Takenoko / Trellis (Board Game)
- Youth and Young Adults: Flower and an interesting review (Video Game)
- Adults: Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens (Walk)
Sunday Services Zoom Link
Time: 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 881 5564 8070
Phone In via: 647-374-4685
The YouTube livestream of the Service will also be available to subscribers to the UCM channel:
Please be aware our livestream is public. Although it is unlikely for you to appear, if you want to ensure you are not visible please keep your video off during the service.
Our final in-person service on June 19th is part of the Friendship Weekend and Barry Gilbert will be speaking about the wisdom of Tecumseh. Vendors will be present after the service as well. Please let your friends and neighbours know about the Friendship Weekend.
Although provincial mandates around COVID protocols are lifting this weekend, we will maintain our current protocols for the last two services in June. The positivity rate is still above 5% and we want to keep the risk low while we are together.
I look forward to sharing the flowers this Sunday!