Groups for Fun!

PANDEMIC UPDATE

All groups are meeting via Zoom or are on hiatus until further notice. See individual listings below.

Bent Needles   

Contact: Lyra Halsten, Membership Coordinator, membership@ucdsm.org

Meets: First Wednesdays; 6:30 p.m. CT;  Zoom

Welcome: All who craft with needles and those who want to learn

This group is for individuals who love to do needlework of all kinds. If you crochet, cross-stitch, knit or weave, you’ll want to join Bent Needles.

When we’re back in the building, members of Bent Needles bring their projects to church to work on while visiting with other crafters. Feel free to bring your own project and join them.

UU Board Game Night

ON HIATUS

Contact: Gianfranco Berardi, gamenight@ucdsm.org

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 Book Club

ON HIATUS

Contacts: Jean Tauber or Theresa Miller, bookclub@ucdsm.org

Meets: Second Tuesdays; 6:00 p.m. CT

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

ON HIATUS

Contact: Amy Luebbert, amy@veglifedesmoines.org

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

ON HIATUS

Contact: Chelsea Hayes,  playuu@ucdsm.org

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, WomensLunch@ucdsm.org

Meets: Second Tuesdays; 1:00 p.m. CT; Zoom

Welcome: All UU women

Feel free to eat ahead of time or while we chat. All UU women are welcome to join in the conversation. See the Calendar of Events or Intercom Weekly email for any updates.
Prior to the pandemic, this group of women loved to visit over a shared meal, usually at restaurants. We took turns hosting, which meant  picking a restaurant, getting a count of people planning to attend, and making a reservation. We look forward to being able to gather in person again.

Young Adult Group (21-35)

ON HIATUS

Contacts: Kathryn Sutton, youngadults@ucdsm.org

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.