Staying Safe

During the Covid-19 shutdown, you may find content in this section to help you keep yourself and your family safe.

UUFP Building Use (Updated September 17, 2020)

It’s hard, isn’t it? To know that our beloved building is sitting empty while we’re sitting at home, yearning to gather in love and fellowship! To see restaurants and museums and other churches opening their doors while ours remain closed. Our every instinct cries out to be welcoming and welcomed.

But it’s not sensible to move too fast. The more we gather, the more we expose our vulnerable friends and loved ones to the possibility of a disease that’s very new, sometimes fatal, and far from completely understood.

We’re trying to set the right balance; to nurture those who are feeling isolated and unable to get what they need out of Zoom meetings, while not leaving behind those who are at extra risk and need to stay home. We want everyone included, safely.

To that end, the UUFP Board of Trustees has decided to allow VERY limited in-person gatherings, effective immediately. Don’t get too excited yet.

•    Sunday services remain exclusively on Zoom.
•    Committees and other business meetings remain on Zoom.
•    We are not ready to rent the building.
•    Gatherings such as the Wednesday and Friday chats, meditation, etc. may continue to use the grounds or may move indoors to the Main Meeting Room (MMR) with strict rules including reservations, size limits, masks, distancing, etc. Similar new, small gatherings are permitted.
•    Outdoor and off-site gatherings in our name (mini retreats, RE activities) should also follow the rules.
•    All in-person gatherings should include participants by Zoom or similar technology. Our technology team will set up equipment and instructions, asap.
•    The BoT will watch infection rates and will call for a pause as soon as we learn of an increase in our county / state.


Click here for our new Checklist and here for our Log. Make sure to reserve your time with Donna before coming!

Please remember to gather carefully and in sympathy. We love you all and want you to be safe.

In community and with love,

Paula Greenspan
President, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie

"Wash Your Hands" Song

Our former minister, Viola Abbitt's  lyrics from a March 2020 UUFP Sunday Service.
Sung to tune of UU hymn “Come, come, whoever you are”.


“Scrub, scrub, scrub both of your hands
Fronts of them, backs, of them,
Between the fingers.
Please don’t forget to wash both of your thumbs.
And, under your nails.”

(Alternate last line is “Scrub, yet again, scrub”)

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Making Face Masks

They are now saying that wearing face masks is a good thing. So here are three that I found to be good and fun. I suggest you watch all three, choosing the one that uses the materials you have available.


For those of you who can’t make one, don’t have the supplies, or whatever, I can make one or more for you and mail it to you.  I would love to hear back from you, and “see” what you have made.  Happy sewing


-Contributed by Reed Asher

  • For BEGINNERS! ❤ How To Make A Fabric Face Mask At Home Easy

    This one for beginners is really fun to watch, and quick, and uses elastic like the first one.

  • SEW DIY FABRIC FACE MASK

    This one has the coolest idea for no-sew stretchy ties. And I really like the demonstrator.

  • How to SEW a Medical Face Mask//Tutorial

    This one has really great directions, and uses elastic for going around your ears. You need a machine.