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.
Facilitators: Susan Barrow and Bob Koehler
Time and Place: Saturday, October 27 at 8 am. Meet in the entrance of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Description: Easy walk at a slow pace, bring your binoculars for observing birds in the garden. (Weather permitting)
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.
Facilitator: Dick Echols
Time and Place: TBA a week in advance
Description: Moderate walk at an easy pace. Hiking boots or shoes that provide ankle support are highly recommended. (Weather permitting) Marion will confirm date, place, and meeting instructions.
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.
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.
We gather in the Pickett Room after worship on the 4th Sunday of the month. We start with a brief introduction, or check-in, then continue to do some cross-talk on current issues of interest. We’re in the planning stages to organize an annual men’s retreat and additional lunches out, or hikes. Contact Gil Dacumos for more information.
MUUsicShare brings together singers and acoustic instrumentalists who enjoy familiar folk songs. We welcome church members and non-members alike, including acoustic instrument players and singers of all ages and abilities! We meet in the sanctuary on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. We’ll usually have only chords and lyrics available, not standard notation sheet music.
Facilitator: RE Committee
Time and Place: Every Sunday (except 1st) at 11:15 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. Topics: Special needs kids: gifts and needs; Tending the Flame: The Art of UU Parenting (1x/month); Tales from an Animal Psychologist; Nonviolent Discipline: The Point System; Raising Vegetarian Kids; Financial Tips for Parenting on a Shoestring.
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 newly formed social/educational group shares gardening tips and runs a seasonal produce stand in front of the church, with all proceeds donated to the church. Shoppers, please bring small bills and your own bags, if possible. Gardeners, please bring any surplus fruits, vegetables or flowers.
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.