At JUC we have many opportunities for families to connect to each other and their peers through a variety of family-focused programs. Our programs are designed by Sarah Billerbeck, Director of Faith Exploration, in partnership with our Family Ministry Team (FMT).
Family Ministry Team
3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Family Ministry Team finds creative ways to bring families together and build a multigenerational community. JUC strives to center and honor families with love and fun. We always welcome new members to the Family Ministry Team.
First Friday Open Mic
First Fridays, 6 pm dinner, 7 pm show (September-May)
We’ll enjoy a pizza and salad dinner ($5/person; $20/family suggested donation) followed by an evening of entertainment. We really love to have kid performers. Sign up link
We Are Parents (+ kids!)
Second Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
We share a meal together, then the kids go to childcare while parents participate in interactive and fun programming put together by Sarah Billerback and a Family Ministry Team member. Each month will focus on a different topic or lens with the aim of deepening or connection with each other. Please sign up so we know how much food to order.($5/person; $20/family suggested donation) Sign up link
Support of Unitarian Parents (SOUPs)
2nd & 4th Mondays, 9 am-12 pm
SOUPs (Support of Unitarians Parents) provides an opportunity for busy parents to support each other in a safe and welcoming space. Join us for a morning of connection, coffee, conversation, and soup. Each meeting will feature a different theme or activity. Sign up link
Periodically, we gather in affinity groups to support each other in our unique parenting journeys:
Families of Color (meeting 2-3 times per year)
WOMBATS (Dads group)
We offer several one-off events to support families and children. Here are some examples of past or upcoming events:
Self-Care Saturday for Moms
Family playtime in the park
Ice Cream Social
Youth Suicide Prevention Talk
Led by Laura Lizut, our Children’s Choir (open to 2nd-6th graders) explores our faith through music.
Led by Andy McAliley, our High Schoolers create music with bells.
Family Camping Trips
Each summer our Family Ministry Team hosts one or more camping trips in the Colorado mountains.
Retreats for Moms and Dads are held annually in the Colorado mountains.
Special faith exploration curriculum is followed by an egg hunt hosted by our High School Youth Group.
A Spook-tacular bash with food, dancing, fun activities, and a haunted house hosted by our High School Youth Group.
A family-friendly service celebrating the return of the sun.
Joyously compact, child centered services, telling the story of Christmas.