Easter Bunny breakfast and egg hunt to be held April 4

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Come join the fun! The youth of the Northshore and Beverly Unitarian Universalist Churches invite you to come enjoy Easter breakfast and an egg hunt — a day early, on Saturday, April 4.  The Easter Bunny will make an appearance. All ages are welcome, and all proceeds go to the church youth groups.

The event will be held at the Northshore Church in Danvers, and will last from 10 a.m. until noon. The cost is $5 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family.

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This Sunday’s service: “The Life of Joseph Priestley”

Joseph Priestley in 1794. Portrait by Ellen Sharples. Click on image for a larger view.

Joseph Priestley in 1794. Portrait by Ellen Sharples. Click on image for a larger view.

David Moffat, a scholar, writer, poet, and a lead guide at the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, will lead our service this Sunday, September 21. The title of Moffat’s topic is “The Wonderful Structure of the World: The Life of Joseph Priestley.”

Within the context of Priestley’s long and extraordinary life (1733-1804), David will present a portrait of his relationship to the emerging Unitarian church and its leaders Theophilus Lindsey and Richard Price, the congregations of Essex Street and Newington Green, and the spread of Unitarianism in early America. This will be accompanied by a look at his social and political beliefs, which were generally reformist and utilitarian.

You can read a Boston Globe article about Moffat and the House of the Seven Gables by clicking here.

Celtic music will be provided by Tony and Ann Walsh, former church members, along with Chris Leghorn.

Also Sunday will be an open house for our Religious Exploration Program, which begins this Sunday. Families with children are invited to attend our service, meet our community, and discuss our children’s programs. Meryl Baier, our RE Director, will meet with prospective parents about the program vision, curriculum, and what we teach for what age.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. The RE Open House will be held from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.

Religious Exploration Open House to be September 21

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The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a Religious Exploration Open House at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 21. Families with children are invited to attend our service, meet our community, and discuss our children’s programs. Meryl Baier, our RE Director, will meet with prospective parents about the program vision, curriculum, and what we teach for what age. You can find out more about our RE Program by clicking here.

Our Religious Exploration Program will begin on September 28 and offers programming for children from pre-school through eighth grade (in Young Church) at all of our regular Sunday services. Toddler care is available with advance notice, and we are happy to accommodate this need. High school youth are welcome to attend regular Sunday service; and our active Youth Group for high school youth meets on alternating Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

We offer a learning environment where each child is valued. Our congregation is a place for fun, learning, and affirmation — a place where your values are supported by a loving, open-minded spiritual community. Our two classrooms for Young Church are divided based on age, grade, and comfort. Currently they are kindergarten through fourth grade, and fifth through eighth grade.  The younger class will study Super Heroes from the Bible and Unitarian Universalism.  The older class curriculum is You, the Justice Creator, which invites youth to be right with their world by helping to make their world right.

For more information, you may contact Ms. Baier at nsuu.dre@gmail or phone the church at (978) 774-7582.

This Sunday’s service: “Mingling Waters/Mingling Lives”

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Please join us this Sunday, September 7, for our first regular service of the 2014-’15 church year. The theme will be “Mingling Waters/Mingling Lives,” and the service leader will be church member Helen Brandt.

We celebrate our reunion as a church community with our traditional water ceremony. Bring a small container of water (real or symbolic) from a place that had meaning for you this past summer and we will mingle our waters together. Children will be in the service for the water ceremony and are invited to share where their water comes from and why it is important. Music will be provided by the church Singing Group.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our Religious Exploration Program will begin on September 28. Details about the 2014-’15 offerings are available by clicking here.

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This Sunday’s service: “What Makes UU?”

After this very long winter, what brings you back to life? On Religious Exploration Sunday, May 4, our young community will share with the congregation what they have worked on this past year and how we will look forward to the warm and nourishing months ahead.

The service will presented by the entire RE group — all children and youth.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome.

The congregational annual meeting will follow the service. You will find the full agenda in the May edition of the church newsletter, The Advancewhich is online here.

Easter Bunny Breakfast to be held on April 19

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The youth of the Northshore and Beverly Unitarian Universalist Churches invite you to come enjoy a pre-Easter breakfast and an egg hunt. The Easter Bunny will even make an appearance! All ages are welcome, and all proceeds go to the church youth groups.

The breakfast will be held Saturday, April 19, at the Northshore UU Church from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person, with a $20 maximum per family.

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Build Your Own Theology, Part II

The Reverend Frieda Gillespie of the Northshore UU Church and the Reverend Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson of the First Parish UU Church in Beverly will be co-facilitating Part II of Build Your Own Theology, the first part of which was offered at NSUU last spring.

Part II, an eight-session course, continues the process of theological meaning-making by examining truth and authority, the holy, good and evil, justice and the beloved community, suffering, death, immortality, and a doctrine of the liberal church. You can expect fun and lively discussion, interesting reading, and challenging ideas.

The sessions will begin on Thursday, February 27. They will run consecutively until April 17 and are open to members of either church. You do not have to have participated in Part I in order to take Part II. The sessions will be held as follows:

  • Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m.: Northshore UU Church
  • Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: First Parish Beverly, 225 Cabot St.

Sign-up sheets will be in the NSUU Fellowship Hall.

This Sunday: Religious Exploration open house

Youth-led service at the Northshore UU Church (file photo)

Youth-led service at the Northshore UU Church (file photo).

At Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church we offer a learning environment in which each child is valued. Our congregation is a place for fun, learning and affirmation — a place where your values are supported by a loving, open-minded spiritual community.

Please join us this Sunday, February 9, at 10:30 a.m. to learn about our Religious Exploration Program, attend our service, and meet our community. Following the service we invite you to learn about our programs and let us answer your questions while children are involved in a youth-led activity. Light lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact the director of our RE Program, Meryl Baier, at merylbaier at verizon dot net (change “at” and “dot” to make a normal-looking email address).

The service, led by the Reverend Frieda Gillespie, will be on landays, the folk poetry of Afghan and Pakistani Pashtun women. Through these beautiful anonymous couplets, women and girls subvert all notions of subservience and weakness in relation to the men who oppress them.

The collection will be donated to Citizens for Adequate Housing. Founded in 1983, Citizens for Adequate Housing serves families from the North Shore, Eastern Massachusetts, and the Merrimack Valley.

The service will be followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome.

“Faith Like a River” course to be offered

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This fall I’ll be facilitating a new course called Faith Like a River. Our faith is understood through its history, and here is a chance to learn about it in a
living/breathing way. Here is how the UUA describes the course:

It explores the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history — the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. It invites participants to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies. What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present? What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future?

The class will be on Thursdays with a choice of daytime or evening classes the times to be chosen by whoever signs up.  It will run from October 24 through December 5 (these are new dates; disregard the earlier ones that had been posted).  Sign-up sheets are in our Fellowship Hall on the table.

— Reverend Frieda Gillespie

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This Sunday’s service: “Vision in the Making”

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Please join us this Sunday, September 8, for our first service of the 2013-’14 church year. Our minister, the Reverend Frieda Gillespie, will lead our annual water ceremony, at which church members and friends share water and stories from their summer journeys. If you have been thinking of paying us a visit, you are invited to share — or simply to take it in and get a sense of what we’re all about.

Reverend Frieda will also reflect on our visioning process, which will begin this fall. Our wonderful Singing Group will be providing the music under the guidance of Music Director Judy Putnam.

Our Religious Exploration Program will begin the following Sunday, September 15. You can find out more information about religious education at our church by visiting this page on our website.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome.

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