Each year we arrive at this point together. One church year behind us and a new one budding forth. There is excitement in such times, as we let go of what was and try our best to plan for what might be. For me, the thing that is most exciting about these transition times is how rich they are with new possibilities for growth and transformation.
Hoping to draw on some of these possibilities, Family Ministry is making some changes for the upcoming church year. Our hope is that these changes will allow us to better focus our energies on the areas that do not receive as much attention under the current program structure.
So what are these changes?
Starting July 1st my title will change from Family Ministry Assistant to Family Ministry Coordinator. In this new role, I will continue to hold all of my current responsibilities as well as take on more of the administrative functions of the program. Plus, I will provide staff support for special events like Easter, Reverse RE, and Field Day (now the All-Church Picnic, October 14). With this change in title, my position will go from 15-20 hours a week to 30 hours a week. This means that many of you will be seeing me on a regular basis – including being at UUCB one to two Sundays a month.
Merrin will continue as the Director of Family Ministry, but will be working 25 hours a week. Her main focus will be on faith formation activities (RE classes, volunteer support, OWL, etc.). During her work time, Merrin will focus less on the administrative tasks and will instead turn her attention to program development, assessment, and support – with special attention given to revitalizing our youth programs.
Collectively we are working five less hours per week than in the past. This means we will need to do less. With Rev. Kristin and the Family Ministry Committee’s input we’ve decided not to offer the Coming of Age program this upcoming year. We will also only provide one OWL class (K-1). No significant administrative or programmatic improvements will be made this year.
I do want to note that these changes are not meant to be permanent and do not represent the long-term staffing needs of Family Ministry. Rather the decision to implement these changes was born out of a response to balance the program’s needs and Merrin’s commitment to her new family. Our hope is that spending the next year working under this structure will help give us a clear sense of the future direction of Family Ministry as well as an opportunity to feel what it is like to do things a little differently.
Fall Family Activities – Save the Dates!
Aug. 4 Family Ministry Committee Retreat, 9 am–3 pm
Aug. 26 Water Communion (All Ages Worship), 11 am
Family Ministry Volunteer Training, 12:30–3 pm
Sept. 8 Parents’ Night Out resumes on 2nd Saturdays, 4:30–8 pm
Sept. 9 Children’s Chapel, 11 am
Fall childcare hours resume, 9:15 am–1 pm
Sept. 15 Family Spirit Circle resumes on 3rd Saturdays, 4–6 pm at UUCB
Sept. 16 First day of children’s RE classes & youth groups, 11 am
Open House for parents, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Sept. 21 3rd Friday events begin for middle & high school youth, time TBD
Sept. 22 Birthday Party Project @ GRIP, 5 – 7:30 pm
Oct. 6 Parenting & Mindful Digital Life Workshop, 10 am–12:30 pm
Oct. 14 All-Church Picnic (a.k.a. Field Day), noon–3 pm
Nov. 18 Food Drive, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Thanksgiving Celebration (All Ages Worship), 11 am