Groups for Fun!

Bent Needles   


Open to all! Spend a relaxing evening with fellow needleworkers and crafters. Enjoy crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, weaving, mending, quilting? From novice to experienced, all are welcome. We share tips, patterns, show off our work, and learn from each other. Whatever your handwork passion or interest , drop in for an evening of the joy of handwork!

Room 105, 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. First Wednesday of the month

UU Board Game Night


Contact: Gianfranco Berardi,

Meets: Second Fridays; 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. CT; Griffin Hall

Welcome: All

Please join fellow UU friends for a fun night of board games in Griffin Hall. Bring your favorite game as well as any beverages or snacks you might want to share.

UU Women’s Book Club

Contacts: Jean Tauber or Theresa Miller,

Meets: Second Tuesdays; 2:00 p.m. CT

Location:  Grounds for Celebration, 2709 Beaver Ave.

Welcome: All

This group is for book lovers and those who like to talk about what they’re reading. Books are selected by group members from Des Moines, Urbandale and West Des Moines Public Library Book Group Sets.

Food Still Matters Vegan Potluck


Contact: Amy Luebbert,

Meets: First Thursdays, doors open 5:45 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m. CT

Welcome: All omnivores; veg curious; kid-, adult-, 55+ friendly

If you’d like to  share a community vegan dinner, this is the place for you! Have a meal that is healthy, environmentally friendly and compassionate towards animals. Foster relationships in the veg community and try new vegan dishes. Bring a vegan dish/recipe to share–or you are welcome without a dish. You can join their Facebook group to get the latest information.

Play UU Parenting Group


Contact: Chelsea Hayes,

Meets: Monthly, various times, playdates usually  the second Saturday, 9:00 -11:00 a.m. CT, lower level of the church

Welcome: Parents and caregivers with children from infancy to high school

Play UU is a group for parents and caregivers. Activities includes playdates/gatherings, family outings and parent nights out with childcare provided.

Women’s Lunch Bunch

Contact: Barb Royal,

Meets: Third Tuesdays; 11:30 a.m. CT;

Welcome: All UU women

Beginning July 20, 2021, we will meet at FireCreek Grill in West Des Moines. Please join us for good food and conversation. See the Calendar of Events or Intercom Weekly email for updates and possible restaurant changes.

RSVP Required by the Saturday before the luncheon:

Young Adult Group (21-35)


Contacts: Kathryn Sutton,

Meets: Generally two meet-ups monthly; times/locations TBD both inside and outside the church

Welcome: Young adults, 21-35

This group gathers for social events and to share in a small-group ministry.  They are welcoming to LGBTQ+ people, as well as people of any religious, ethnic or economic background. Click here to connect with their Facebook group.