Franklin, MA – First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) will be gathering to celebrate the holidays this season with various events, including: Christmas Pageant, Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, and concluding with a New Year’s Eve candle-lit labyrinth walk.
On December 11th at 10 a.m., FUSF will celebrate with “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” from Barbara Robinson’s beloved 1972 book of the same name. This pageant will include both children and adults, and is built on the premise: What happens when the same old humdrum Christmas pageant gets taken over by the worst-behaved kids in town? Naturally, what happens surprises everyone. Expect both familiar and new carols, and of course, our ever popular “UU (Unitarian Universalist) Angels.” All are welcome to attend.
Winter Solstice will be celebrated on December 18th beginning with Sunday Service at 10 a.m. and reflecting both Winter Solstice and Christmas traditions. A Solstice evening meditation begins 5 p.m. In the midst of the busy, sometimes stressful, holiday season, it can be helpful to take some time to be still and reflective. All are invited to join the activities as FUSF takes time to sit quietly, reflect, and meditate about the year past and what lies ahead. From the darkest time of the year toward the new light, participants will walk in a spiral meditation as they light candles to honor the dark and the coming light.
The festive intergenerational Christmas Eve Service is on December 24 at 5 p.m. This Service will feature special music by singers and instrumentalists, a children’s story, and a reflection by Rev. Jenny Rankin, interim minister. As FUSF does each year, the end of the service is celebrated by lighting candles and singing of “Silent Night.” This Service will be about 45 minutes long, with plenty of music and singing. Children, teens, and families are welcome.
The final celebration happens on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, from 5 -7 p.m. with a candlelight labyrinth walk. The sanctuary will be a place of candle light and music for a sacred walking meditation. Weather permitting, our outdoor labyrinth will also be lit. This is a contemplative way to begin 2017. The labyrinth walk is open to all ages and is free–families are invited to come and participate in this special evening. There will also be a mandala-making activity. Light refreshments will be served. Bring thoughts of blessings from 2016 and goals for 2017, record them and place into an urn. They will be offered in a ritual fire at the evening’s conclusion. Most walks can be completed in a half-hour, so plan to arrive before 6:30 p.m. We will be collecting items (any size baby diapers, toiletry items, clothing [any size, boys, girls, male or female – new or gently used], or twin sheets) for the Pathways Family Shelter in Framingham.