Countryside Church’s Family Ministry recognizes each family as the primary source of religious education for their children. Together, we unite to support and nurture families through education, spiritual development, social engagement, community outreach and connection with the larger church community.

Family Ministry:

  • Supports families raising children in our Unitarian Universalist values in a rapidly changing world.
  • Nurtures families through education, spiritual development, social engagement, community outreach and connection with the larger church community.
  • Fosters parent to parent interaction, support, and sharing of ideas as they face the challenges and celebrate the joys that go along with raising a family.
  • Develops our children’s sense of community and a shared sense of identity with our church and the values it represents.
  • Seeks to transform lives, promote justice, and foster universal values of love, respect, and responsibility for children, youth and families.
  • Celebrates our children’s unique sense of self, their place in our wider Unitarian Universalist movement today, and for generations to come.

If you are interested in learning more about Family Ministry, please contact Mary Shelden, DLRE@ccuu.org.

Upcoming Events your family might be interested in:

  • Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

    Register by Weds, Dec 15 to participate

    This activity will be ‘open’ from Thu Dec 16 at 5pm through Sat, Dec 18 at 10pm. It is for everyonefamilies, singles, couples, dogs, cats, lizards… Feel free to find a friend & collaborate virtually!

    The hunt will be ‘held’ via Goosechase, a scavenger hunt app which you’ll be asked to download to your phone or tablet to play the game (a paper version is available if that’s your preference). The main point is to have fun! Everyone who completes the hunt will be entered into a raffle to win a prize; additional entries will be added for the team who finishes first, solves all the riddles correctly, and/or has the most points.

    If you would like to participate, please email Ann Blymire and Jen Alton, ScavengerHunt@ccuu.org on or before Wed Dec 15, with your choice of scavenger hunt (competitive, recreational, or both).

  • 2021-22 Intergenerational & Family Ministry Events

    Stay tuned to this page or to our LRE Updates, which go out on Fridays,

    for further details as they become available.

    • Sun Oct 31: Canned Food Drive
    • Sun Nov 14: Nature Walk at Deer Grove
    • Sun Dec 5: Chalice and Ornament Glazing
    • Fri Dec 17 – Sat Dec 18: Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt and Road Rally!
    • Mon Jan 17: MLK Day of Service
    • Sun Jan 30: Book Drive for Bernie’s Book Bank (5th Sunday Faith in Action Day – for Luminescence)
    • Sat Feb 12: Cupcake Wars, Noon-3PM
    • Sun Feb 13: Souper Bowl Sunday CoA Fundraiser
    • Also in Jan or Feb: Random Day of Sledding, TBD at time of snowfall!
    • Mon Mar 14 (3.14): Pi Day Party, 6PM
    • Sun Apr 17: Easter Egg Hunt, 11am-Noon
    • Sun May 1: Labyrinth Walk & Maypole
    • Sun Jun 5: Church Picnic, Field and Fun Day