At United Parish, we believe that small groups provide comfortable environments where we get together to explore faith and life.
20/30 Vision is a group for adults in their twenties and thirties who come together to deepen their faith through Bible study, community service and social justice activities, and fellowship and fun. Read more >
Parents of Young Children
The Parents of Young Children group is for parents of children from birth through pre-school. The goals for this group include: Social connection, community and mutual support; Conversations around intentional parenting; How is our parenting shaped by being a part of a faith community; How to incorporate beliefs, practices, values; Developing mentorships with parents of older kids; and Intergenerational relationship-building. Contact Senior Pastor Kent French at email@example.com. The group meets monthly, on a Saturday from 4:30-6:00pm usually in the Parlor. Childcare will be provided.
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Growing Grandparents is a place for active grandparents to share ideas and experiences during this special time of life. Read more >
Interested in starting an affinity group?
Do you have an idea for an affinity group? Decide on a purpose for the group, gather at least three others who are interested in joining, and contact the church office so a pastor can follow up with you.
Latest Affinity Groups News
Interested in getting together with some of our beloved UPers? The Gathering and Reopening teams have carefully constructed a plan for a socially-distanced (but fun!!) opportunity for those who would like to connect. We are reaching out to each of the Realm neighborhood groups to see who would be interested in hosting an outdoor gathering in their yard or at a local park, sometime during the month of September. These gatherings are in the spirit of our annual welcome back potluck that happens every September. This year, we are choosing to plan small, manageable outdoor gatherings to give people a chance to connect in a socially-distanced and masked environment. If you are interested in hosting, please contact the Gathering Team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with the tools and the structure needed to host a socially-distant gathering.
We are looking forward to our meeting this Saturday, January 18 after our Advent/Christmas break! It will be good to be together. We'll meet 4:30-6:00pm in the Parlor at United Parish and will share a potluck supper. Childcare will be provided by our awesome nursery staff.
We'll continue with our exploration of themes from Bless This Mess, this time diving into a discussion of Chronos (clock-time) and Kairos (God-time), which is introduced in chapter 5 of the book. We'll respond to these ideas: We live in a world that has an incredibly hard time downshifting from Chronos (clock-time) to Kairos (God-time). Part of the problem is our inability to sit with boredom and discomfort. As a result, being busy has become an addiction. When we aren’t busy, we find ways to busy ourselves—most often, scrolling our screens (kids and parents both). What do you need to give up or cut back on to spend more time in Kairos? What about your kids? How might you make the shift?
All are welcome! Please RSVP via this form so we can plan accordingly. If you aren't able to join us but have a celebration or concern that we can include in our closing prayers, please send it to me and know that you and yours will be missed.