Children’s Ministry news
Bruce Wilson joins the team!
Dear Elementary kids, littles and families,
As we look forward to the 2021/2022 church program year, I’m looking forward to ways in which we will work together to form opportunities for learning and growing with our community. A few opportunities ahead are Hopecoming, game nights, worship viewing parties, and not just that— we are looking for opportunities to help our children and families connect with the greater church and each other.
As I start my first few months into this ministry, please feel free to reach out to me, make an introduction, or simply say “hello.” I look forward to the ministry we will do together.
~Bruce Wilson (he/him)
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Family Viewing Lounge at church
Starting Sunday, September 5
Our worship viewing parties start in the Sanctuary on September 5th at 10:00 am. Families are welcome to view worship in the sanctuary. We will also be setting up the lounge at church to be a family friendly viewing spot as well. We will have toys and activities out for kids to play with while families view worship in the lounge, as well as extra filtration and open windows for increased ventilation of the space. Teacher Holly and youth helpers will be there Sundays to play with the kids. We do want to be clear that this is NOT a drop off for children, we ask that parents stay with their kids in the lounge.
Children & families: Sunday options
Starting Sunday, September 26
We know that parenting during this pandemic is especially hard. We want to offer families choices so that they can make the best decision for their family. The family friendly worship viewing area will continue to be available in the lounge, and we will start offering a drop-off childcare option for littles through elementary age. It will be outside (rain or shine) from about 9:50am – 11:45am. Please dress your kids in weather-appropriate attire! Staff and volunteers will offer supervision and some programming. We will try this through October and then re-evaluate. Families are also welcome to be in the sanctuary for worship.
Unlike before, there will not be a formal dismissal time for kids to leave worship. We will be ready for kids to arrive before worship, but they can also come to later in the morning too. We will be in touch via the Children’s Ministry weekly emails with more details. Online worship will continue to be offered, but the live stream will moving back to the early evening, available starting at 5:00 pm starting 9/26.
Masks: All children over the age of 2 must wear a mask at all times, except when eating/drinking. Masks should be well fitted and fully cover the mouth and nose. Exceptions made for children who cannot wear a mask for medical or developmental reasons. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to
Margaret or Bruce.
Online and in-person connections
Our Sunday morning drop-off childcare for littles and elementary age kids will be in-person only (no hybrid option). However, we will be offering other events
beyond Sunday morning (example: online game night, story time, parent connection times) that will be online for kids and families to participate in. Watch the Children’s Newsletter for details!
Children’s Ministry Committee
There are so many good ministry and connecting opportunities happening for our children and their families. An integral part of the ministry is our Children’s Committee who help brainstorm, plan events, and support the staff in their work. If you are interested in partnering in this work of living into our vision, consider joining the Children’s Committee. We meet monthly, the 1st Monday of the month. Be in touch with Bruce Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Ministry News
Update on summer & service camps
The Youth Ministry program at UCUCC had a wonderful summer! The events included youth programming at Seabeck and our Youth Service Camp (for both middle and high school aged youth). Our events had opportunities experience God in sharing stories, learning, connecting and playing together. See the August church and home to read about Seabeck.
With everything unknown as we were planning for summer, we originally planned for an online-only
service camp for our 6th–12th grade youth. As summer approached we decided to create a hybrid service camp event that ran from July 25th–28th. Our first day we gathered online for a virtual campfire where we got to connect as a group with some reflection and game time. On Monday, we continued our project of building chairs for Pilgrim Firs Camp. Thanks to Ed Coleman and Trent Siegel for their help! The following day we had a guest from Teen Feed come to the church to share about the organization as a whole and then we made 80 outreach kits for them to give out to folks in need. On our final day we did a Duwamish Walking Tour on the UW campus! It was really important to do the walk. Steve led us through some learning and reflection pieces along the way. We closed out our camp with a meal from Off The Rez, a native-owned restaurant located in the Burke Museum. We encourage everyone to go support them and enjoy their amazing food! Each day we had youth attending in person and Zooming in online. The leaders for this service camp were Erik Wallen, Pastor Steve Jerbi and Margaret Swanson.
Before quarantine we had raised a lot of funds for our summer trips and it was your generosity that made all these donations and experiences possible. Thanks to the youth for saying YES to these experiences. I am so inspired by these amazing youth who care so deeply about this community. God’s love and call to justice shines through our youth! May God be present with our youth and families as they look towards fall and the start of the school year.
~Margaret Swanson (she/her)
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
Family Viewing Lounge at Church
Starting Sunday, September 5 at 10:00 am
Our worship viewing parties start in the Sanctuary on September 5th at 10:00 am. Families are welcome to view worship in the sanctuary. Youth should note, we will not be offering the “youth pew” this fall/year. We ask that youth sit with their families for worship. We will also be setting up the lounge at church to be a family friendly viewing spot as well. We will have toys and activities out for the younger kids to play with while families view worship in the lounge. This is primarily for families with younger children, but older siblings are welcome to stay together.
Youth Group Starts!
Sunday, September 12, 9:00 am, hybrid
Youth Group begins again for youth in grades 6-12. We will be offering hybrid Youth Group. Youth are invited to join in-person (masked) at church or online via Zoom. We are excited to hear all about what you’ve been up to! We are still finalizing our leadership and will be in touch via the weekly Youth Ministry emails with more details.
Junior & Senior Small Group
Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Zoom
We begin our monthly small group gathering for our High School Juniors and Seniors! We are looking forward to connecting with you and meeting each month to share about the journeys of this pivotal time in high school. We will meet monthly via Zoom, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Wednesday, Sep. 29, 6:30 – 7:00pm, in-person
Teenoffering “to-go” meals at UCUCC, Tuesday through Friday evenings this fall. We are so grateful for Mike Zevenbergen’s continued leadership for our meal team! Our youth program
provides the meal every 5th Wednesday of the month (about 4 times a year). We have sign-ups for folks to bring cornbread, dessert, salad, and a vegetable side dish. We have taken our usual recipe and divided it up so more families can be a part of it. Please plan to bring your meal item to the church at 6:30 – 6:45 pm on Wednesday. Please be sure to try to keep food hot or cold depending on the item for food health safety. To sign up: https://bit.ly/TeenFeed929