Urbandale UCC

URBANDALE UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST

3530 70th St., Urbandale, Iowa 50322 | ph 515.276.0625
fax 515.276.2451 | email: staff@urbucc.org | how to find us
Rev. David Sickelka, Senior Pastor

To learn more:

2015 wednesday night alive click for photos from
2015 Wednesday Night Alive—Sidewalk Chalk Art

2016 wednesday night alive click for photos from
2016 Wednesday Night Alive Youth Activities

2016 food pantry mission click for photos from
2016 Urbandale Food Pantry Mission

2016 wednesday night alive kite flying click for photos from
2016 Wednesday Night Alive Kite Flying

Youth

Nursery & Child Care | Sunday School | Wednesday Night Alive! | Music | Confirmation | Our Whole Lives | Camping | 3rd–6th Grade Youth Group | 7th-12th Grade Youth Group

Nursery and Child Care

Child Care is provided for children during:

  • regular Sunday worship services
  • the Sunday education hour
  • Wednesday Night Alive
  • All Team Night

Sunday Mornings:
Trained staff and volunteers supervise our children at play in the Nursery and Everyone-Is-Welcome (EIW) room. Read our Safety Policy.

  • Nursery care is available for children ages birth through three years.
  • Children 2nd grade and under are invited to the Everyone Is Welcome (EIW) Room during part of the worship hour on Sunday mornings, where they will reflect on the message of the morning. They return later in the service, but parents may bring their children back to the sanctuary at any time.

The Everyone Is Welcome ministry uses the rotation model to provide a meaningful worship experience for our children. A unit lasts about 6-8 weeks and a theme is explored such as Christian Diversity, Creation, and Civil Rights to name a few. We are looking for EIW coordinators to help plan units with Rev. Amy Murray. Amy will help you develop your ideas and create stations that address your theme. These stations include: Art, Creation, Responding, Games/Puzzles, Music & Library. Just two, one-hour meetings are all that are needed to transform EIW into a new unit that is exciting for our kids and volunteers. Please contact Amy with your interest.

For Other Events:
Child Care can often be made available for other functions and meetings upon request, with at least two weeks' notice. If you are planning an event and would like to request childcare, please contact Ministry Program Coordinator, Rev. Amy Murray, amy.murray@urbucc.org. Please do not call childcare providers directly; to follow our safety guidelines, child care requests must be handled by Amy.

Volunteers.
We always need Child Care volunteers, and Rev. Amy Murray will be happy to train anyone interested in volunteering in our children's ministries! Please contact Amy.

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Sunday School

During the school year, 9:00-9:45 a.m.
See the Education page for more information.

Wednesday Night Alive!

During the school year. See Schedule

5:30-6:00 - SOS Choir* (Grades 1-8)
6:00-7:00 - Bible Study & Activities (PreK-Grade 6)
6:00-6:30 - Youth Handbell Choir* (4th-Sr. High)
6:30-7:00 - Adult Bells (Sr. High & up)
7:00-8:30 - Adult Choir (Sr. High & up)

* Although we hope every child will be in at least one of the choirs, we know there may be some who are not. Students not in a choir are welcome to participate with the other group during that time. Musicians in both choirs are welcome to join us after rehearsals.

Want to be blessed while simultaneously being a blessing? Two to three extra hands are needed to assist with snack clean-up, crafts and activities each Wednesday. If you are an adult or are in 7th grade or more, there is a place for you if you love kids, having fun, and sharing God's love, check with Pastor Amy, or sign-up on the WNA Volunteer sheet on the table in the Narthex. No two days the same! Guaranteed!

No childcare is provided unless requested. If your child is not in one of the scheduled activities, please honor the safety policy and supervise him/her so that children are not unattended in the building.

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Music

SOS Choir and Youth Hand Bells
See the Music page for more information.

Confirmation

Are you entering the 8th or 9th grade? Are you ready to learn more about our church and to grow in your life as a Christian? Confirmation class is designed for you! This is your chance to explore our history and who we are today—through music, art, and other expressions of faith. In 2016-17, the confirmation class will meet Sunday evenings every other weekend beginning on September 25 and finishing up as the season of Lent begins in March. Please contact the church office to enroll in confirmation.

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Our Whole Lives class (OWL)

OWL is a sexuality educational program for our post-confirmation youth that helps them gain the knowledge, values, and skills to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives. Every other year, youth going into 7th-9th grades are eligible to participate in OWL as part of Wednesday Night Alive. Our parent/youth orientation (lunch included) is Sunday, August 20, 2017, immediately following worship in Fellowship Hall until 12:15. We will review the program values, curriculum and go over the schedule. Please contact Rev. Amy by August 13 to let her know you of your intentions to participate in the program.

We will meet Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8pm beginning September 13, 2017 – February 7, 2018. We welcome youth outside our church, so please feel free to invite friends, neighbors, family and other interested folks.

OWL is guided by the following two principles: parents have primary responsibility for sexuality education with their youth; and sexuality education begins at home and continues through open and honest communication between parents and youth. The values of this program include self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. Unlike many other sexuality curricula available, this program is comprehensive and progressive.

The goals of this OWL curriculum are for youth to:

  1. Affirm and respect themselves as sexual persons and respect the sexuality of others.
  2. Increase comfort and skills for discussing and negotiating sexuality issues with peers, romantic partners and people of other generations.
  3. Explore, develop and articulate values, attitudes, and feelings about their own sexuality and the sexuality of others.
  4. Identify and live according to their values.
  5. Increase motivation and skills for developing a just sexual morality that rejects double standards, stereotypes, biases, exploitation, dishonesty and harassment.
  6. Acquire knowledge and skills for developing and maintaining romantic or sexual relationships that are consensual, mutually pleasurable, nonexploitative, safe, and based on respect, mutual expectations and caring.
  7. Increase knowledge and skills for avoiding unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
  8. Express and enjoy sexuality in healthy and responsible ways at each stage of their development.
  9. Assess the impact of messages from family, culture, religion, media and society on sexual thoughts, feelings, values and behaviors.

Please contact Rev. Amy for more information.

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NEW! Our Whole Lives K-2
We now have trained OWL facilitators for the K-2nd age group. This program affirms all kinds of families and helps children identify and avoid sexual abuse. It supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies, families and learning how to be a "Askable Parent." Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the 8 sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities and include a weekly HomeLink—a homework project for parents and children to do together and promotes dialogue between parent and child. Please contact Rev. Amy for more information.

OWL helps participants to build interpersonal skills and understand the spiritual, emotional and social aspects of sexuality. The curriculum is based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.

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Camping

The Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ offers many camping opportunities for all ages throughout the year at Pilgrim Heights. Urbandale UCC strives to pay for half of the camping cost for all children who want to attend camp in the summer. Fundraisers are held each year to raise money for these camping scholarships.

The camping theme for 2016 is Fearless Faith: Courage in Community. Sign up on the Pilgrim Heights 2016 Camp Registration Form.

For more information about Pilgrim Heights camping opportunities, contact the Iowa Conference-United Church of Christ, 515-277-6369. For more information on camping scholarships, call our office at 276-0625.

3rd–6th Grade Youth Group

3rd to 6th Grade youth now have a group of their very own! Chris Jordan and Ken Briggs are the fearless leaders! Stay tuned to the bulletin and CALL for upcoming events planned just for you.

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7th-12th Grade Youth Group

The 7th-12th Grade Youth Group gatherings are for youth to work on exciting projects or just to have fun together. The Youth Groups meets during the program year. Past activities include the planning and performance of a Las Posadas service during Advent, and bowling nights at Merle Hay Lanes.

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2014 youth boating click for photos from
2014 Youth Boating at Saylorville

SOS Choir Musical click for photos from
Jonah & the Whale, 2013

2012 youth group click for larger image

baking project

SOS choir click for larger image

kids in action

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