Welcome to Parent News!


We’re diving in this month by looking at the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “a people of liberation.” To help get at that, our sessions are each built around the various ways we come to learn and live resilience. You can find the April parents’ 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.


To connect with any of these amazing activities, please refer to your Family Ministry Weekly Newsletter for links or Click here to join us!  If you are not currently receiving our weekly newsletter, please register here.


What to expect Sunday, April 5 :

Sunday, April 5, 10:15 am: Children’s Chapel in Tryst’s Zoom room.

Our Sunday Morning Worship Service will be live streamed at 11 a.m. Click here to watch, listen, and chat with other participants on YouTube. (Or search for UUFRaleigh on YouTube.)  Middle and High School youth are encouraged to watch the 11 am service with their families.

Make a cup of coffee or tea at home at then join us for Social HourClick here to participate by Zoom. . Or, to participate by phone, call 656-876-9923 and enter Meeting ID 698-614-084.

Sunday, April 5, 2 pm: Middle School Hangout with Sunday School teacher and former UUFR staff member, Emily Puertolas in Tryst’s Zoom Room.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, April 1, 7 pm: Bedtime Stories with the UUFR Storytelling Team! Put on your pjs, grab some popcorn and join us for story time with one of our wonderful storytellers. Jennifer Stephenson Williams enchanted us all  Wednesday, March 25, with her reading of “Attic of the Wind”, by Doris Herold Lund. In case you missed it, you can check out a recording here! If you would love to join the storytelling team, please contact Nancy Stone. See your weekly newsletter for links to connect!

Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am: Drop-in and chat with Tryst for parents and caregivers of high school students.  Parents and caregivers of high school students are invited to join Tryst in her zoom room for check-in and conversation. Come join us to vent, connect, or just to speak to another adult!  See your weekly newsletter for links to connect!
Sunday, April 5, 2 pm:  Middle School Hangout with Sunday School teacher and former UUFR staff member, Emily Puertolas. See your weekly newsletter for links to connect!
Sunday, April 5, 8 pm:  High School Youth Group with Sunday School teacher, Stephanie Raeman. See your weekly newsletter for links to connect!
Wednesday, April 8, 7 pm: Bedtime Stories with the UUFR Storytelling Team! Put on your pjs, grab some popcorn and join us for story time with one of our wonderful storytellers.See your weekly newsletter for links to connect!

 Thursday, April 9, 7 pm:  High School Hangout with Sunday School teacher, Rebbeca Staggs. See your weekly newsletter for links to connect!


Call for Summer Activity Leaders!

If you would love to have fun getting to know our children and building a strong intergenerational community by leading a fun Sunday activity with our first through fifth graders during the summer, please sign up here!  We are happy to provide the classroom support you need!


BackPack Buddies Fundraising

We are looking for new ways for our kids to participate in fundraising for this meaningful project which feeds low-income children in Wake County through Interfaith Food Shuttle, and we would love for any parents who are excited about that to volunteer to help plan and lead.  Please email [email protected] for more information.






Reporting Back!

February 9, 16, and 23, our families of children under 13 began their first session of “Living the Pledge to End Racism,” a hands-on program presented by UUFR’s Anti-Racism Ministry (ARM).  They enjoyed lunch, theme-focused stories and fun activities, and field trip to Pope House Museum and to a performance by the Enloe High School Black Student Union.


Like to Party?
We are excitedly assembling a ministry team that will help us to coordinate social activities and retreats for families and youth. If you’re looking for a fun way to engage in Family Ministry, this is it! If you are interested in serving on the ministry team or leading an activity or meet-up, contact [email protected]


Parent Meetups

Are you interested in getting together (virtually) with other parents with children in your child’s age cohort group while your children play?  We are gathering interest for age-banded parent/caregiver meet-ups for PreK, Lower Elementary (grades K-2), and Upper Elementary (grades 3-5), for conversation and fellowship. We will be connecting by Zoom until we are able to meet in person again. If you would love to connect with other UUFR parents and caregivers in fellowship, please indicate interest here.  Elle Penley, who has been our point person for our Parents of Young Children Meet-Up Group, has expressed interest in holding virtual meetings for that group.  If you’re interested, please contact [email protected]


Please remember that all families with children aged 0-18 need to formally register within Family Ministry regardless of whether you plan to attend Sunday programming, which will resume January 12. 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.

New families are welcome to join our programming on Sundays as guests three times before formally registering for classes. Visitors are required to fill out a one page Visitor’s Form when dropping off their children. After three visits, guests will be asked to complete the full, more detailed registration form.

We will be providing Child Care in the Nursery for children 0-2 during service on Sundays.

As always, all children are always welcome to attend services with their families.


NEW Play Church Location- We’ve made some improvements to our Play Church! The most exciting part is that it has moved to the back of the sanctuary so that children and their parents can SEE the slides and better engage with the service. We are already getting rave reviews about the change!


Chapel Offering -Please note that we have begun to include an ”offering” during our children’s Chapel service in Founder’s Hall. Important lessons are learned as children are encouraged to grow more generous in spirit and in action. Please feel free to give your child any spare change in your pockets or encourage kids to bring pennies or any coins they find to Sunday’s worship. We will always have a jar of change on hand for those who have forgotten theirs at home.


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



Important Information about Children’s Chapel and Learning Circles:

Check-in begins in front of Founder’s Hall at 10:50 a.m.

Gathering Time (5-10 minutes before the service): Children (K-10th Grades only) will be given name tags, be signed in, dropped off and gather in their Circles in Founder’s Hall.

Worship and Circle Time (15-20 minutes): may Include chalice lighting, music, meditation, offering and a story. This is when the lesson and story for the week is shared.

Activities (30-45 minutes): After Worship, children will be led to their assigned meeting rooms by their Circle Leaders. Children will share joys and concerns and participate in activities that extend the story and theme of the week.

On Sundays, Children’s and Youth Ministry will be divided into the following Learning Circles:

•PRESCHOOL- PreK (Children aged 3 and 4) Drop off before service to Peace Hall, Dorothea Dix

•LOWER ELEMENTARY-K-2nd Grades, Peace Hall- Thomas Jefferson

•UPPER ELEMENTARY– 3rd-5th Grades, Peace Hall-Emerson

•MIDDLE SCHOOL– 6th-8th Grades, Peace Hall-Clara Barton

JUNIOR YOUTH– 9-10th Grades Teen Cave

•BUILDER’S CLUB*-1st-5th Grades Peace Hall-Beatrix Potter

*An advanced registration, special opt-in class for students who do better with hands-on and self-directed work. The core curriculum of Builder’s Club is affirming children who have difficulty with the traditional classroom setting. Please email [email protected] to inquire about placement in this circle.