Welcome to This Week in Parent News!


We’re diving in this month by looking at the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “a people of RENEWAL.”  You can find the September family resource packet, with questions, games and activities that will help you enforce the theme at home here.  Use the password UUFRsoulmatters.

Please read below for news, reminders, and announcements.


What to expect on Sunday:

Please join us for UUFR’s Sunday Service on YouTube, which includes a Time For All Ages with Family Ministry Director, Tryst Chagnon!  Click here for past “A Time for All Ages,” stories. Use the password UUFRsoulmatters.


Volunteer-led Meetups: Register here for meeting links!

Wednesday Nights with Jennifer Stephenson Williams: Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm – Join our dedicated K-2 Sunday School teacher, Jennifer        Stephenson Williams, for check-in, chalice lighting and connection time geared towards K-5th graders. Bring your favorite stuffed animal, get cozy, and join us!

Teen Hangout with Sunday School teacher Rebecca Staggs: Every Thursday at 7:00 pm. Thursday is Teen Hangout night! Facilitated by Becca Staggs, but written and directed by our amazing teens. Becca holds space for them to discuss current events, interests, shows, books, games, etc. You name it, they’ve probably touched on it. Our teens are an amazingly eclectic group, with far-reaching interests, insightful observations, and thoughtful opinions.

Sundays at 2:00 pm: Middle School Hangout with Sunday School teacher Emily Puertolas. If your kids are craving connection and want to join our middle school group once a week we would love to have you. We are keeping it casual with .io games (free online video games) and tabletop RPGs (mostly D&D). We would love to have new members join and bring their suggestions for fun stuff to do!

Online Games – If your high school or middle school student is interested in playing online games with other UUFR high school and middle school students, please contact Amy Howerton with the subject “Tabletop Games.”


In-Person Sessions for High School Youth and Their Parents: Renewing our Connections After months of youth and parents meeting only virtually, we are excited to host two live sessions on Saturday, September 26, at10:00am, for high school students and their parents (these groups will meet separately). We will reflect on our theme of renewal, check in with each other, and converse in person about how we are managing our isolated lives. Advanced registration is REQUIRED and safety guidelines will be strictly enforced. For details or to register please click HERE. In case of bad weather, we have planned a rain date of Sunday, October 4 at 1:30 pm..


Parent Meetups

Parents of Young Children Meetup: Every other Tuesday at 5:45 pm. Next meeting is September 22th. Contact Elle Penley for more information.



Please remember that all families with children aged 0-18 need to formally register within Family Ministry regardless of whether you plan to attend Family Ministry programming. Registration allows us to maintain current emergency contact and medical information, better plan for programming (supplies, staffing etc), have accurate budget needs data and insures that you are signed up to receive our Children’s and Youth Ministry’s monthly newsletters and information about special programming (OWL, COA, HSYG, etc) and other social events of interest to families.

Let’s Get Social! Please be sure to join our UUFR PARENTS COMMUNITY GROUP on Facebook!