Social and Recreational Activities
Social activities strengthen our ties as a church community while fostering friendships and emotional support among members and friends of the congregation. They’re a good way for newcomers to quickly feel at home.
Be sure to view our Calendar of Events and visit our Committees and Learning pages. Committees work hard but also take time to socialize. And while our classes are for learning, they’re also for fun! You might also want to join a Small Group Ministry group.
First Sunday Lunch
On the first Sunday of each month (unless otherwise announced) we sit down to a potluck lunch after the service. First-time visitors are our special guests. The rest of us bring a dish to share (or pay a few dollars, but we prefer that you bring food). Please join us and please sign up to help the hospitality committee, which sponsors this event, to clean up afterward.
Cottage Suppers are a great opportunity for members/friends (especially new ones!) to get to know more fine folks in our congregation. Sign up in the Social Activities Notebook on the side table in the sanctuary or call the church office. The host provides hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and attendees bring the rest of the meal. When your host calls you, ask what you may bring.
We’re looking for host homes. If you’d like to host a Cottage Supper, sign up in the sanctuary or call the church office at 945-8109. Contact Mary Ann Plant at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are young adults ranging in age from approximately our mid-20’s to mid-40’s [this is not an exact science], establishing a social and intellectual resource for people in the Birmingham area. We meet every third Sunday of the month for lunch or dinner, participate in volunteering activities, do community outreach and have fun meetups that are geared for those with children and those without. Contact the Mid-Somethings Group at email@example.com or our Facebook Group.
MUUsicShare has just changed its meeting date. Starting in January, we’ll meet in the sanctuary on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. We’re an informal group of singers and guitarists who enjoy familiar folk songs. We’ll usually have only chords and lyrics available, not standard notation sheet music, but all acoustic instrument players, all singers and all ages are welcome!
We’re emphasizing the “Share” in MUUsicShare. We practiced Christmas songs from September through November, then shared our music with shut-ins in December. In January, we’ll start learning a new set of songs to share during spring and summer performances.
Contact Debra Burrell for more information.
Spring Bike Ride
Facilitator: Trey Tarrant
Time and Place: A date in April to be announced. Lakeshore walking and riding path
Description: Beginner to experienced bikers can enjoy a group bike ride on an easy paved
path along Shades Creek. All rider must provide their own bike and helmet. Meet at the
South Lakeshore parking lot, where the trail begins.
Spring Bird Walk
Facilitators: Susan Barrow and Bob Koehler
Time and Place: Saturday, March 24, at 8 am. Meet in the entrance of the Birmingham
Description: Easy walk at a slow pace; bring your binoculars for observing
birds in the garden. (Weather permitting)
Spring Wildflower Walk
Co-Leaders: Janice Williams and Marcia Mancill
Time & Place: Sunday, March 25, 2 pm. Birmingham Botanical Garden
Description: Easy walk at a slow pace. Meet at the entrance to the Greater Birmingham
Botanical Gardens. (Weather permitting)
Other Social Events
Past outings have included parties, picnics, trips to various points of interest, movie nights, game nights, coffee house entertainment and men’s groups and ladies’ brunch bunch. Watch our calendar and read our weekly emails for social activities, and contact the office if you’d like to initiate a new social activity.