Our Holiday Events!
Labyrinth of Lights:
Once again this December, we will be offering our Labyrinth of Lights to the community
during the Winter Solstice Season. We have planned to be open from 5 – 7 p.m. for five evenings:
12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 1/19, and 12/27.
The Labyrinth will take place in the ballroom upstairs at the Parish House, behind the church
on Union Street. It provides visitors a quiet time for meditative reflection as they wend their way
through the light-studded greenery and plant their own candle at the center. Together with the serene
background music and the dimly lit space, this ritual is said by many to bring a sense of peaceful
spiritual nourishment during the darkening and hectic days of December.
Admission is open to all by donation. All money received is gratefully accepted and will be
divided equally between the Monadnock Interfaith Project and the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.
We humbly apologize that at this time, the facility is only accessible by individuals able to
Volunteers are still needed to help set up and host the labyrinth. Several set-up slots remain
Evening hosting runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to open up and set down.
Please call or email Bronwen to get a place in the schedule: 603-835-2469
Holiday Food Sale
Our Specialty Cookie Boxes, Cakes, Breads, Pies, Savories
On Saturday, December 14, we’ll have our annual Holiday Bake Sale net to the post office in
Walpole from 9 – 11:30 a.m. This has been a good fundraiser for us in recent years, and with your
help we expect it will continue to do well. Many items, especially butter-based cookies, can be made ahead and frozen.
Here’s How You Can Help:
* Make sweet and savory items to sell.
• Contribute holiday cookies: We put a nice variety of holiday cookies in an attractive box for
sale. Cookie packaging will be done on Friday, December 8. This is a fun time for all! Best
cookies are those that are good keepers; avoid gooey, crumbly or very delicate cookies for the
boxed cookies. Specialty items, such as decorated gingerbread boys and girls: we’ll wrap and
sell those separately in cellophane bags.
• Breads: including braided yeast breads and quick breads:
Large and small.
• Preserves: jams, chutneys and pickles: please label your jars.
• Cakes: Large and small!
• Pies: Regular and small!
• Savory: Savory dishes that can be taken home to serve or
freeze during the busy times in December. Use your
imagination! All homemade items are appreciated.
Bring your baked items to Hastings House ready for packaging
and pricing at these times:
Thursday, December 12 from 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 13, before 11:30 a.m.
NOTE: With the exception of the cookies designated for boxes, you may also bring any sweet and
savory items to the sale table on Saturday.
*Help with packaging & pricing: Friday after 11:30 a.m.
*Help with the sale on Saturday: We’ll need people to help out with the sale. If you have never done this, it is truly a festive and fun time! If you need cellophane bags for packaging your items, please request from Wendy Harty ahead of time (at least a week ahead, please).
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – “The Birth of Compassion,” led by Rev. Telos Whitfield. Please join us for a special service of music, favorite carols, words, and silence as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the compassion for all, especially the forgotten ones. We will honor the light together, and the power of compassion and community!
Celebrate our UU Principles during Chalice Week Dec. 1-8. Each day, we'll light a candle for one of the seven UU Principles, have activities, and thoughtful reflection.