This year, our vision of religious exploration is focused on building community online, engaging in faith formation at home, and practicing justice together. Read below to see the groups and events we’ll be offering this year.

For more information, see Amanda Uluhan, Director of Religious Education

Sunday

Religious Exploration Classes – 9:30-10:15am

To virtually attend, please Zoom in with Meeting ID 989 3107 9078. Religious Exploration, Sunday Service Worship, and Coffee Hour are held in the same meeting room. 

Religious Exploration is an engaging space where elementary-aged children and tweens can experience worship, spiritual practice, and values-based learning with their peers, parents, and ESUC volunteers. This includes chalice readings, joys and sorrows, stories, a presentation, and cooperative activities and games. This year, Religious Exploration classes will be focusing thematically on Holidays and Holydays and Earthland Creatures.

Youth Helpers wanted: Each One, Teach One! Everyone’s got something worth sharing. Come drop in or sign up to get connected and start building relationships with the next generation.

Religious Exploration classes are open to children, their parents, and siblings.

Sunday Service Worship – 10:30-11:30am

To virtually attend, please Zoom in with Meeting ID 989 3107 9078. Religious Exploration, Sunday Service Worship, and Coffee Hour are held in the same meeting room. 

With Zoom, we are not limited by space, and want all our members, friends and visitors to have an opportunity to see each other on Sundays. The pandemic has made connecting with our beloved community even more important. So until we are back worshiping in person, we will continue to have one service on Zoom. This service will be in the same room as the RE programs are, so if you log in early, you will be placed in a zoom waiting room. Our services this fall focus on the upcoming election.

Coffee Hour 11:30am-12:00pm

To virtually attend, please Zoom in with Meeting ID 989 3107 9078. Religious Exploration, Sunday Service Worship, and Coffee Hour are held in the same meeting room. 

After worship—around 11:30 am—we will have coffee hour: an informal and age-old Unitarian Universalist tradition. Use this opportunity to get to know someone new and enjoy the diversity in our community. Coffee Hour is a great opportunity to connect with visitors, welcome them to East Shore, and learn more about one another.  

For the Whole Family

Social Distance Soul Saturdays: On Select Saturdays, 10am-2:00pm – September 19, October 31, December 5

Sign up here to drive through during any of our Soul Saturdays.

Sign up for goodies and supplies! Throughout the year, we’ll offer fun, social-distance, drive-thru friendly pickups. You’ll get what you need for several weeks of programming and support faith formation and spiritual practices at home.

We’re kicking off the fall on September 19th from 10am-2pm. You’ll find Blessing of the Backpacks stickers and Water Communion jars (open to all ages of congregants!) Find us in the Upper Parking lot at East Shore. Join in a trunk or treat costume show on October 31st’s Soul Saturday from 10am-2pm! We’ll have a hauntingly good time. And be sure to save the date for Saturday December 5th from 10am-2pm, for gingerbread house kits and wintertime tidings.

Gather: Family Programs with LeAnne and Amanda Wednesdays 6:15pm-7:00pm

Sign up here to receive the Zoom meeting link for Wednesday Family Programs.

Come circle round the table and share and learn together. We’ll spend six weeks at a time uncovering and growing ourselves as a family unit. This is a time to be intentional about play, creativity, and cultivating joy in our relationships. From September 16-October 28, we’ll talk each week about our family rituals and activities, and share in a variety of fun, community building activities and curious conversations.

All Ages Wind Down Wednesdays Service with Amanda and Guests! –  Wednesdays 7:00pm-7:30pm

Sign up here to receive the Zoom meeting link for the Wind Down Wednesday Service.

We’ll kick-off the year with a new midweek service to wind down and rejuvenate. For the fall, we’ll start with an aloud reading of Book 1 of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Get your copy to follow along. Grab your PJ’s and a favorite stuffy, or tune in while you’re making dinner at home. No cameras necessary for this Zoom service. Just listen in. After the service, there will be an opportunity for social time. All Ages.

East Shore Youth

Youth Groups Ages 11-14 and 14-18 with Doug, Grace, Alex, and others! Fridays, 6:30-9pm

Sign up here to receive the Zoom meeting link for Friday Night Middle and High School Youth Groups.

Join as we kick off fall quarter with middle school and high school youth groups, both happening at a new time on Friday Nights starting at 6:30 p.m.

Join in as we kick off fall quarter with middle school youth group happening at a new time on Friday Nights from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fun, Friday Fellowship with Friends. Say that five times fast! We’re focusing on building friendships and making virtual connections by playing online games. We’ll start off this week with some games that Mizz Grace and Amanda select, and want to hear from you what games you love. Want one of your friends to come along with you? Invite them to join! Share the same link

In high school youth group, on the 1st and 3rd Fridays, we’ll play Dungeons and Dragons and JackBox games. On 2nd Fridays, we’ll focus on world issues and social justice, starting with voting and elections. On 4th Fridays, we’ll have an intergenerational fishbowl dealing with fun, engaging, and relevant “pick your-brain” topics. On 5th Fridays, we’ll have a movie night (November). You don’t have to turn on your cameras, and you can still have fun on Zoom!

Coming of Age Ages 12-14 & 14-18 On Select Sundays, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Sign up here to receive the Zoom meeting link for Sunday Coming of Age classes.

Starting in our second seven week cycle Coming of Age will welcome two distinct age groups, along with congregant mentors, to develop and nurture self, community, and spirit. Sessions will be held starting on November 1st, for four weeks. The program will continue into Winter and Spring, with a total of three, four-week sessions. CoA this year will incorporate self-awareness and empowerment, adult companionship, and peer community development. CoA will culminate in an church worship service in May.

Parent and Guardian Groups

Parent Drop in with Leta –  Mondays 8:15pm-9:05pm

Sign up here to receive the Zoom meeting link for Monday Parent & Caregiver Meetup.

Parents & caregivers are invited to join a Zoom call led by Leta Hamilton to connect, recenter & offer support to one another. We will have themed calls each week. The first Monday will always be a guided meditation. Second Mondays are education & remote learning challenges. Third Mondays are open discussions with a favorite beverage intended for laughter & deeper personal connecting. Fourth Mondays will feature an inspirational book or video to uplift our spirits & offer hope. Please join us on Mondays from 8:15-9:05pm.

Family Covenant Circle with Martin and Carrie! 12:30pm-2:30pm – (sign up in advance)

The ESUC Family Covenant Circle is a group of East Shore families with children 0-18 where the adults are seeking to share and support one another in the journey that is family life. We talk, listen deeply and really connect in a leader-led small group discussion. Topics range from spiritual parenting to smart phones to issues of our children’s health and our own. Currently we are meeting by Zoom every other Sunday. Families of every stage and configuration are welcome. For more information contact Martin Cox.