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.
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.
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.
Third Tuesday Lunches
Facilitator: Rev. Julie
Time and Place: Noon-1 pm Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17
Bring a potluck dish and join Rev. Julie for camaraderie and discussion! Sept. 17 discussion – How to Make UUCB More Accessible and Welcoming for those with Mobility Issues. Other topics to be determined. All are welcome!
Potluck Fun—Weekly on Wednesdays
Time: 5:30—7 PM. All are welcome! Come and fellowship with other members and friends of the Church. Children’s Choir rehearsal starts at 6 PM and Adult Choir rehearsal at 7 PM. If you or your children participate in either of these rehearsals, come and share a meal with others before rehearsals begin.
Knitting/Crocheting and Handworks Hour
Facilitator: Elisa Aboatiyeh
Time and Place: Second and Fourth Sunday; Pickett Room
Description: Time of fellowship during the Religious Education hour, open to all looking to share their skills or to learn new ones.
Fall Bird Walk
Facilitator: Susan Barrow
Time and Place: October 19, Half-Day Field Trip to Turkey Creek: Meet up will be at 8am in The Birmingham Botanical Gardens parking lot. The drive will take 45-50 minutes so if your planning on meeting the group at Turkey Creek, allow yourselves enough time to be there at 9am.
Directions to Turkey Creek from BBG: Follow Highway 280 merging onto Red Mountain Expressway Access Interstate 20E/ I 59N Use exit 128 / AL79 N to Tarrant. Continue on AL 79 for 11.9 miles before turning left on Narrows Road at intersection of AL79 and AL151. Turn right onto Turkey Creek Road, address 3600 Turkey Creek Road.
Description: Turkey Creek is beautiful and is the only home to the Vermillion Darter. Most of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Bring snacks, water and binoculars. Dress accordingly. We go rain or shine unless there is thunder and lightning. (Only call on the morning of the trip if uncertain weather is expected)
Bird watching is a form of mental exercise that strengthens neural circuits!
Facilitators: Marion Fintel
Time and Place: To be scheduled as described below
Description: Let’s form an email list of members and friends of UUCB who like to hike.
If you are interested in being on the list of people who like to hike with other UUs, please email Marion Fintel. Then if anyone on the list wants to go on a hike, they can use the list to find hiking buddies. For any given hike, the organizer might want to contact individuals they particularly want to get to know better or the organizer could send out an invitation to the whole group to see who might be interested.
Coordinator: Debra Burrell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Time and place: first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the sanctuary. We often meet for extra practice on third Thursdays, also in the sanctuary.
Description: MUUsicShare brings together singers and acoustic instrumentalists of all ages and abilities who enjoy familiar folk songs. We’ll usually have only chords and lyrics available, not standard notation sheet music.
We emphasize the “Share” in MUUsicShare, leading singalongs for our church friends and family in retirement communities. View our calendar, and contact the church office or Debra Burrell for more information.
Facilitator: Religious Education Committee
Time and Place: Every Sunday (except 1st) at 11:30 AM; Room #122 (lower level)
Description: This is an informal gathering to meet and socialize, sometimes just hang out, sometimes with interesting programs and discussions.Please send suggestions for topics to Nicole at email@example.com.
Prison Pen Pals
The Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network invites people on both sides of prison walls into beloved community. We declare that all persons are worthy of love, respect, and support — not at some future time when we are better people — but as we are right now.
Worthy Now is powered by The Church of the Larger Fellowship, a Unitarian Universalist church of about 3000 members from all over the world. It’s a church without walls.
The US prison population is the largest prison population in the world and 65% of the inmates in prison are non-violent offenders. Would you like to reach out and be a pen pal to someone in prison? Worthy Now, The Prison Ministry Network matches Unitarian Universalists on the outside with a prisoner on the inside who is interested in a friendly correspondence.
In order to be a pen pal, you must complete an application, be 21 years or older, be a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation (either the Church of the Larger Fellowship or another congregation) for at least 6 months, affirm that you have not be arrested or incarcerated in the last 12 months, and you must agree to their guidelines. The letter writer on the inside agrees to the same guidelines and takes a New UU class as a correspondence class.
The incarcerated letter writer receives only your first name and the correspondence goes through the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Typically it takes several months to match you with a pen pal.
If you are interested in learning more or for applying to be a pen pal the guidelines and application are here: https://worthynow.org/pen-pals/.
Facilitator: Kim Spidell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Time and Place: Each Small Group determines day and time.
Description: For a set number of meetings, to listen, to share and to make a deeper connection with others. It is an opportunity to connect through readings and thought-provoking exercises. Topics are numerous. The emphasis is on generous listening with a quiet and loving mind.
This social/educational group shares gardening tips and hosts garden produce sales the Second Sunday of “harvest” months (June – November). If you have some overabundance in your home garden please bring it. The table will be open for business after Sunday Services. Shoppers, please bring small bills and your own bags, if possible. All proceeds go the the church.
Meetings are scheduled four times a year, in the solstice and equinox months: September, December, March, and June. All are welcome from experienced pros to those who aspire to garden. Dates and places of meetings will be announced in the Order of Service and the All Church Newsletter.
This group oversees our compost bins. Jim Albea, Marcia Mancill, John Parker and Charles Thompson are the compost consultants and will be happy to answer any questions about using the compost bins.
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.