In this fun intergenerational program, kids and adults or youth are matched in Mystery Buddy pairs, with the goal of getting to know a little more about each other every week until identities are revealed on March 25. Adults, youth and kids who sign up to participate will choose a mystery code name, fill out a questionnaire and decorate a mailbag. Pairs will exchange clues each Sunday March 4-25 (see the back of this page for some ideas). It has never been easier to sign up because for the first time, you can submit an online registration form! If you prefer, you can also find paper sign-up sheets at the RE table after church each Sunday in February or you can download a copy here.
How does it work? Every Sunday before service in March, mailbags will be out by the front doors of the church, ready to accept letters and small homemade gifts* from both older and younger participants. After service begins, mailbags will be moved to the Parish Hall for coffee hour when participants can check their mailbags for that weeksâ€™ clue. The event will culminate in a potluck breakfast on March 25 when Mystery Buddy identities will be discovered!
(*we ask that you spend no more than $5 over the course of the month on any gifts for your Mystery Buddy)
Who can participate? Anyone under the age of 18 can be a â€œyoungerâ€ buddy and anyone over 12 can be an â€œolderâ€ buddy (youth can choose to be an older or a younger). All participants are asked to exchange at least a little clue each of the four weeks (either in person or by proxyâ€”just let Director of Lifespan RE, Becky Brooks, know if you will miss a week).
Not sure what to give to your Mystery Buddy? Check out the list below for some suggestions.
â€¢ a picture or photo of your pet (past or present) and a note about him or her
â€¢ a letter with some clues about yourself and what you like about Unitarian Universalism
â€¢ a picture or map of the town where you were born
â€¢ found objects like shells or pebbles and a little story about where or how you found them
â€¢ a postcard from a place you enjoyed visiting or living
â€¢ a word search with hidden words that describe you or your hobbies
â€¢ a list or picture of some of your favorite foods and maybe a simple recipe on how to make one of them
â€¢ a homemade cookie and a note about when or how you learned to make them, or maybe a story or picture about who taught you to bake
â€¢ a mix tape or CD of some of your favorite music
â€¢ a handmade bookmark with words or pictures about your favorite books or characters
Feel free to use any of these or your own creativity to craft clues to your identity. Remember that there will be four weeks of clues (March 4, 11, 18 and 25). Contact Becky Brooks if you have questions. I hope you’ll join in the fun!