Final Parenting Sanctuary Gathering
Wednesday, May 5, 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Parenting Sanctuary has been a deeply meaningful space for connection for those in our congregation parenting any age children. We have weathered the rollercoaster of this time of isolation together by connecting on Wednesday nights. As we come to the close of the program year, please join us for our final gathering. One need not have joined us previously to join us now. Drop in at any point during the gathering. The Zoom link is in the weekly emails and in the Children’s Ministry email.
Virtual Lamb Day
Saturday, May 8, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Children and their families are invited to join Catherine at her farm for a virtual Lamb Day from 10:00–11:30 am. There will be lambs and sheep, a farm tour, “Ask the Shepherd” and the chance to spend the morning poking around, watching the life at Catherine’s Farm. Come with some questions to ask and join us for a fun morning “at the farm”! We will be streaming live on the church’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Mother’s Day Celebration
Date and time TBD
We are working on a virtual gathering for moms to celebrate and connect. Pastor Amy and a few others will host. We will send out more details soon!
Littles Story & Connection Time on Zoom
Saturday, May 15 at 9:30 am
Join your friends from church for some connection and story time! We are so excited to share that Teacher Holly will be joining us to help us read the story! She has missed you and I know you might be missing her, so it will be wonderful to connect with her again. Teacher Holly would love to know if you have any story requests! Please let us know! While our event will be geared towards the younger kiddos at church (infant – kindergarten), elementary are welcome to come too. Details to come soon! Sunday, May 23 Bible Presentations: In our UCUCC family tradition, children receive Bibles when they are 3 years old (My Very First Bible) and when they are in 1st grade (The Children’s Illustrated Bible). Though this presentation usually happens sometime in the fall, the fall of 2020 turned out to be a little different than we planned. We finally have set a date! Please join your church family as we nurture our children in their Christian formation. May 23 will be a special Sunday you don’t want to miss!
Elementary Game Nights Hosted by Youth
Fridays, May 7 and June 11 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Back by popular demand! We are excited to get some Elementary Game Nights on the calendar before the summer break! Children in grades 1-5 are invited to join us for a night of games and fun! Youth from the youth group will be leading check-in and game time! We hope you will come and bring your friends! Please sign-up ahead of time to help our planning. Click here to register for the May 7th game night.
Children’s Ministry sends weekly emails, and posts on parent Facebook groups. If you don’t currently get the Children’s emails, email email@example.com to be added. To join a Facebook group, please request to join: UCUCC Parents of Littles Facebook group and UCUCC Parents of Elementary Children.
Sundays May 2, 9, 16 & 23: 9:00 am
(May 30, no youth group Memorial Day Weekend) May 23 will be our last day of Sunday Morning Youth Group for the program year. We will be focusing on planning Youth Worship which will be June 6. Youth Group youth grades 6-12 are invited to join in for Youth Group on Zoom! We are grateful to our amazing: Robin Turner & Rev. Bruce Wilson, Mike Zevenbergen & Cat Gipe-Stewart! If you need the link for youth group, please contact Margaret Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation classes 2021
Sunday, May 2, 9 & 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Confirmation Sunday, May 23
Confirmation class continues for our 6 participants. Please hold them in your prayers as they are on this faith journey. The class takes place on Zoom. It is facilitated by Pastor Catherine Foote, Margaret Swanson and Graham George. Confirmation Sunday will be Sunday, May 23. Please join us for worship online to be a part of this special morning.
Junior & Senior Small Group
Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Please note, we will meet on the 3rd Wednesday this month and not the 2nd. We continue our monthly small group gathering for our High School Juniors! We are looking forward to connecting each month to share about the journeys of this pivotal time in high school. The link to the Zoom can be found in emails from Margaret.
Mystery Ministry Pals
May will be our last month for Mystery Ministry Pals. We will take a break from this over the summer. It may come back in the fall, but we are not sure yet. It’s been a fun and important way for folks to connect! Thanks to everyone who participated!
Weekly Middle School Game Night
Wednesdays from 8:00 – 9:00 pm
The Van Dyck family continues to host weekly game on Wednesdays for youth in grades 6-8. All you need to do is pull up a seat and have access to two devices: one to Zoom call on so you can see the game board and a second device like a smart phone, tablet or iPad to use as your game controller by going to jackbox.tv and entering our game code to play. Come every week or drop in when you can, it’s casual. We are looking forward to playing together. Questions? Feel free to reach out to Amanda Van Dyck (Matthew’s mom). The link for this goes out in our weekly emails to youth.
Seabeck All Church Summer Camp
Indigenous and Settler Relationships to Land and Place
Preschool & Elementary Children Programs
The Children’s Program will offer two gathering times, one for the “Littles” (birth through preschool) and one for “Elementary” (rising 1st through rising 5th) are excited to have camp together on Zoom this summer! Join us each morning for music with camp musician Betsy Rose, a story, discussion, and an activity. We will connect with each other, celebrate creation, and explore how we can continue to be good stewards of the earth as people of faith. Other than our program time, depending on safety guidelines, we might offer one or two optional in-person (masked, outdoor, distanced) opportunities to gather and connect. We are still working on the full details with our congregation’s Covid-19 Action Team. More info to come. Please contact Margaret Swanson at email@example.com?if you have any questions.
Other Summer Fellowship Events
Along with our summer camp, we hope to offer some other fellowship options over the summer for children and families. As you can imagine, we have to play summer a bit by ear as we continue to navigate these pandemic times. We are planning on having a few options to gather in-person. We are still working on the full details with our congregation’s Covid-19 Action Team. More info to come.
Seabeck All-Church Summer Camp
Indigenous and Settler Relationships to Land and Place
July 11– 16
All youth (incoming 6th grade through outgoing 12th grade) are invited to join us for a week of summer camp! Our camp time will take place on Zoom again this year, but we hope to offer some optional in-person (outdoor, distanced, masked) opportunities to connect too. Our morning program time will focus on exploring how our Christian faith and faithfulness to the land we are on calls us to seek justice in the world. How can we become more connected to the land, understand its, and continue to work towards justice and healing? We will explore this through discussion, activities, reflection, and more. We are still putting together our leadership team. Other than our program time, depending on safety guidelines, we might offer one or two optional in-person (masked, outdoor, distanced) opportunities to gather and connect. We are still working on the full details with our congregation’s Covid-19 Action Team. Please contact Margaret Swanson if you have any questions.
M.S. & H.S. Service Camp
Sunday, July 25 – Wednesday, July 28
This summer we are offering a joint service camp for middle and high school youth (that’s incoming 6th grade – outgoing 12th). It will be a similar plan to last year’s camp. We will offer service opportunities that youth can do at home and we’ll do together over Zoom. Most of the program will be online with some optional in-person gatherings. We will be following all the best science and working closely with UCUCC’s Covid Task Force to make our plans.
While we are still working on our exact timing, here is a tentative schedule so that families can plan ahead. We will start on Sunday evening with a virtual opening campfire and program that will run from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will most likely run from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The leadership for our service camp is still coming together and registration will open soon. Please be in touch with Margaret Swanson if you have any questions, 206-399-2213 (text or call) or email.