Browse this page for a wide range of worship, social and social justice opportunities to connect with other UUCF families. See scheduled activities under What’s Happening.
First and Third Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Program Building
PlaygroUUp is a fellowship group of families with young children ages 0-5. Caregivers, expectant parents and older siblings are welcome. To be on our e-mail list, where we keep in touch and send out the latest information, contact Meghan Crowley.
Monthly RE Family Potluck
Fourth Sundays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Social Hall
Families with babies, toddlers and preschoolers elementary age welcome. Bring a dish to share. This is a great opportunity for UUCF families with children of all ages to meet each other. Contact Meghan Crowley. Additional members welcome! See scheduled activities on the UUCF Calendar, filtering through “Interest Groups” for “Family Friendly.”
Families for Social Justice
This group brings multi-age social justice opportunities to UUCF for family participation. Pie baking for an interfaith anti-violence group, muffin making for Hypothermia Prevention Week, Hot Meals for FACETS, Earth Day activities and caring for our earth projects are just some of our social justice activities for families. Contact Mia French, or Linnea Nelson. Blake Simpkins, Robin Wilson, and Michelle DeKoven, Members. Additional members welcome! Additional members welcome! See scheduled activities on the UUCF Calendar, filtering through “Interest Groups” for “Family Friendly.”
Family FUUn: Elementary-age social activities
This group supports activities at UUCF for families with elementary-aged children to have fun and build community. This includes family connections at picnics, the December Gift-Making Fair, and Easter Sunday activities. Contact Linnea Nelson, Director of Religious Exploration for more information or to join Jennifer McLaughlin, Amy Nordeng, Adrea Olson on the planning group. Additional members welcome! See scheduled activities on the UUCF Calendar, filtering through “Interest Groups” for “Family Friendly.”
Racial justice steering committee for RE
This group reviews the current RE program and curates, adapts and creates programming that might include curriculum, workshops, activism, worship, service, education, advocacy, lobbying and witness to bring an awareness and call to action to children and youth in the RE program. Michelle DeKoven and Mia French. Contact Linnea Nelson for more information. Group forming winter 2017. Contact Linnea at Dre@uucf.org for more information.
Middle School Youth Group – Grades 7-8
Contact Courtney Firth,youth ministry coordinator
Parents lead this activity-based group that often meets on campus for games and food. The social activities are coordinated with the youth ministry coordinator and the DRE. Activities include social nights such as games, movies, etc.) and offsite activities such as laser tag and mini-golf. Other community-building social justice activities are determined annually at the potluck kickoff on in the Program Building. RSVP will include signing up to bring a dish to share. See scheduled activities on the UUCF Calendar, filtering through “Interest Groups” for “Middle School Activity.”
High School Youth Group – Grades 9-12
Meets during 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. RE and other times based on activities, Room 11
Contact Courtney Firth, our youth ministry coordinator
The YAC (Youth Adult Committee) oversees youth group with the guidance of the Youth Ministry Coordinator and other adult advisers. The Youth plan and participate in social justice activities, youth-led worship, hang out and plan an annual trip. Sunday morning activities are usually onsite with other activities planned for various locations on other days/times.Additional members welcome! See scheduled activities on the UUCF Calendar, filtering through “Interest Groups” for “High School Activity.”
In the Sanctuary: The first weekend of each month our Kindergarten through Grade 6 children participate in the first 20 minutes of Sanctuary worship. Children usually sit with their families and come forward to listen to a story before the congregation sings them out to RE classes.
Children in Gr 4-6 begin in the Sanctuary every week before going to class.There are two to three youth Worship Associates each year who participate regularly in worship services.
Youth participate in Service for all ages worship services several times a year, including:
- Ingathering, 2nd Sunday in September, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. – The first worship service of the congregational year
- Christmas Eve, Dec. 24,2017 10 a.m. Family-friendly service with nativity. 6 p.m., Family-friendly evening service. 8 p.m. Contemplative Christmas Eve service. No Nursery for any of these services.
- Jazz Serivce, Feb. 18, 2018, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
- High School Service, Mar. 4, 2018 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
- Seder, Date to come, 4:30-6 p.m. – Passover service. Children and youth offered speaking parts.
- Coming of Age Service, May 21, 2017 and May 20, 2018 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
- Bridging Service, June 11, 2017, June 10, 2018, 10 a.m.
Children’s Chapel is a 20-minute service held in the Chapel of the Program Buildingfor Gr. K-3 at 9:15 and 11:15. After Chapel, they are dismissed for class. Children’s Chapel is a participatory opportunity for children to use all of their senses to strengthen their UU identity, experience spiritual practices, and engage in worship rituals and stories about our UU faith.