Families at UUCM are cherished and served by the congregation in many ways.  There are Holiday events, Kids Night Out (aka Parents Night Out), and adventures offsite out in Nature.

Holiday Events throughout the Seasons

Each season brings several special Holiday events designed especially to include families.  

The last Sunday in October we celebrate Samhain with a special service and a pumpkin hunt. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we hold our traditional telling of “Stone Soup” concluded with our kids serving a stone soup they have made. 

In the winter we gather after Sunday service to Deck the Halls on December 4th with lots of crafts from snowflakes to wreaths for families to make.

Families are especially invited to early evening celebrations for Yule, the Winter Solstice December 21st, which starts at 4:30 pm with crafts celbrating the Winter Solstice and is followed by a walking of the labyrinth, Yule story, and celebrating with a Solstice ritual of letting go and sending our hopes in the fire with the Yule log. We will also have a service on Christmas Eve December 24th.  

Spring celebrations start off with Eoastar (Spring Equinox) Egg Hunt. This year it will be on March 19th.

Kids’ Nights Out (aka Parent’s Night Out)

We are holding a Purim Party for kids on March 11th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. It is a wonderful opportunity for kids to spend a Saturday evening, having fun, building deeper relationships, celebrate te Jewish Holiday of Purim.  Originally Kid’s Night Out was designed to give parents an evening out to enjoy and celebrate their relationship, we found that this time for the kids was defiantly more than childcare from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. If you are interested in attending please register here or contact us at revlynne@uumarin.org.

Off – Site Adventures

Families are also invited to joined in the all congregational weekend retreat at Walker Creek Ranch May 19 -21.  Staff attend to provide activities, crafts, and games for children and teens on May 20th. The evening entertainment includes a talent show, folk dancing, and a campfire. Meals are provided. For those not wanted to sleep over at the Ranch, there will be reduced cost for coming only on Saturday. Children attend at a reduced cost, and scholarships for families are available.

For more information and ways to engage, please reach out to:

Rev. Lynne, Director of Family Ministries, at revlynne@uumarin.org
Debra Bright at debra@uumarin.org

Luka Coole, Childhood Coordinator, at Luka@uumarin.org
Charlotte Cramer at Charlotte@uumarin.org