Our vibrant family community is supportive, soulful and welcoming. We are LGBTQ+ and straight together, partnered and single, come from a wide range of religious backgrounds, and are every color of the human rainbow. Together we create a unique spiritual community where we share and explore our paths as parents, partners and families. We hope you’ll join us at some of our upcoming activities for families. If you are new, here’s some info to help you plan your visit. (Of course, the Covid pandemic has restricted some of our activities, so check The Week Ahead for what is happening currently.)
You can request to join the UUCB Families Discuss List here.
Activities for Families
All Ages Worship services are a special time for our community to gather to share story, song, praise, and presence among the generations. Worship engages our minds and hearts and bodies with wisdom from the world’s religions, the words and deeds of prophetic and poetic women and men, experiences of life’s twists and turns, and transcending mystery and wonder.
Families in Action: Our community provides regular opportunities for our families to live out their values. These include serving meals at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) shelter for homeless families, organizing food drives, Coastal Cleanups, witnessing for immigrant rights, and others.
Parents’ Night Out: Provides an evening of free childcare for parents to go out together, once a month from September through May on second Saturdays. Before stepping out, we share a brief time together to explore our UU Principles in relation to our parenting.
Support for Families
Parent Groups: Parenting is a rewarding and sometimes grueling spiritual practice. We have created a Parent Discussion Group to celebrate together the joys and grow through the challenges of raising children. The Parent Discussion Group meets the first Sunday morning of every month.
Childcare: We provide childcare on Sundays (September to May) from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for some special events. This frees parents to explore adult activities or simply sit quietly overlooking the bay. Our magical play area is staffed by skilled and compassionate staff. There are supervised games for elementary school age children on the field from the end of Sunday classes to 1 p.m.
Children and Youth Programs support young people and their parents in exploring the spiritual and ethical aspects of life. Our Religious Education classes foster creative discovery and intelligent examination. Youth Activities such as our UUCB Youth Group, “ Our Whole Lives (OWL)” classes, and the Coming of Age program provide social connection and challenge youth to examine and articulate their own values and beliefs.
Families Caring: UUCB families come together to support each other in times of need. Meals for new babies and during illnesses, an afternoon of childcare or regular childcare exchange can be coordinated through our Director of Family Ministry.
Pastoral Care for Families: Our Director of Family Ministry, Minister, and Chaplains are always available to hear and support you when you’re in need.