Families – Growing Learning Serving Together!
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading celebrates it ministry to families! Inherent in our welcome is the assumption that LOVE makes a family and that all families are unique. We welcome participation of children, adults, elders, youth in our programs and encourage congregants to come together to create a community that moves the spirit!
We know that the contemporary church needs to be responsive to the ever changing needs of the 21st Century family and are always seeking ways to offer you chances to grow, learn and serve together as you explore living Unitarian Universalism!
We offer Religious Education classes for children on Sunday mornings (during the months of September-June) during the first worship service of the morning.
We offer Nursery care for infants and toddlers during all worship services. Infants and toddlers may be delivered to the Sawyer Nursery School building 10 minutes prior to the start of service where they are welcomed by professional childcare providers Terry and Stacey Hill who are assisted by volunteer church members.
Families are invited to worship together at several Multigenerational Worship Services throughout the church year, services specially crafted to engage worshippers of all ages! Please visit our webpage of same title for this year’s schedule.
Families are also invited to share in potluck lunches, serve Coffee Hour and participate in our ‘Make A Difference Sundays‘ with activities offered after RE classes once a month.
When possible UUCR provides child care for nursery and elementary aged children during church meetings and other events. Signups may be required but are sought in the week prior to the event giving families advance notice and time to make plans.
Adults may join our High School youth as they work with the street ministry of Common Cathedral during our annual partnering with CityReach! (www.commoncathedral.org).
Families are invited bring their creatitivy and energy to our major fundraisers:
- The Kris Kringle Fair (November) has lots of opportunities for families to donate items, help organize sales and staff various stations during the fair!
- The Starlight Soiree (February) is a fun evening where church families creatively offer goods and services ‘for sale’ to the church family-some folks offer to rake yards, give rides to the airport, pet sit, make soup, serve fun dinners…..the possibilities are endless!
The church offers an Annual Family Retreat Weekend away! Each spring families spend a weekend of fun and fellowship at Ferry Beach Camp and Conference Center in Saco, ME (www.ferrybeach.org) -this event usually happens on the first weekend in June. The date will be published here and in announcements as soon as it is confirmed for 2018!
Together we WALK in SOLIDARITY:
- In May-to end gun violence and seek informed trauma response for survivors- at the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace (hosted by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute- Dorchester )
- In June-to promote the general welfare, and enhance the social life of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community at the North Shore Pride Parade
To learn more about family programs at UUCR, contact the Director of Lifespan Religious Education. And check this page for updates often!