A Faith Home for Families

ff-for-blog-sept-2016It’s a challenging world for families these days. There are countless things competing for our  time and attention… work, school, after school activities and all that technology!  We are bombarded with news of suffering and division in the wider world and we want to support and guide our children through all of these many challenges. We long for moments of peace and deeper connection amidst all of the craziness. I believe that church can be a respite and a source of sustenance during these challenging times. I have been listening, conferring with colleagues and researching and have prepared a rich variety of offerings for children and families at Foothills this fall.

Our Religious Exploration Programs for children & youth will begin on Sunday, September 11th. We will offer Religious Exploration Classes for Preschool through 6th Grade from 9:00 – 10:00 am and for Preschool through High School from 11:00 am – noon. We offer Nursery care for infants and toddlers during both church services and nursery care and playground supervison during our Social Hours from 10:00 – 11:00 am and 12:00 – 12:30 pm. You can register your children and youth for our Religious Exploration Programs HERE

New this fall – we will offer a Monthly Theme “Playshop” on the first Sunday of each month beginning in October from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Each “Playshop” will explore our monthly theme with fun and interactive activities for families to enjoy together. Our first Playshop on October 2nd on the theme of “Healing” will be co-led by me and Christopher Watkins Lamb, our RE Music & Young Adult Coordinator. Our hope is to provide an hour of “deep fun” and engagement with our monthly theme for children, youth, parents, grandparents and anyone else who wants to join us. Come check it out!

Parent Meetups (formerly Parent Coffee Chats) will resume on Sunday September 25th at 10:10 am in RE Room 13. Our Parent Meetups will happen on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month in between our two church services. They are an opportunity for parents to gather for a brief presentation and conversation about topics that are important to us as Unitarian Universalist parents. On September 25th our topic will be “UU Parenting 101” and will include ideas for supporting our kids in deepening and living out our UU faith. New to Unitarian Universalism? Not to worry! These Parent Meetups are great way to learn more about our liberal faith tradition.

Taking it home – Online Resources for Families. We know that families are busy, and we also know that amidst all of our busyness we still long to bring deeper meaning into our families lives. So we have prepared a variety of resources for you that you can access online at our FOOTHILLS FAMILIES AND FAITH webpage.

Mark your calendar for Foothills Fall Family Events. In addition to Sunday mornings we have several fun family events for your family to enjoy. Bring your extended family, friends and neighbors, all are welcome!

Friday October 7th – Family Pizza & Board Game Night 5:30 pm

Sunday October 30th – Pumpkin Carving Night – 5:30 pm dress up and bring your pre-scooped pumpkin to carve!

Sunday, December 11th – Holiday Craft Workshop for Kids 2:00 pm

Friday December 16th – Chile Supper and Caroling Night 5:30 pm

I am looking forward to the fall and all of the energy and excitement of the season. I hope that you will join us and that your family will find a faith home here at Foothills Unitarian Church.

In faith & service,

Eleanor VanDeusen

Director of Faith Formation



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