At UPC, our Family Ministries department strives to create space, opportunities, and teaching that invites our children and the people who love them to a life-long faith in Jesus Christ. This is done through the integration of age-appropriate formation, community, and mission experiences.
Ministry to our children and youth is effective because of the many volunteers who commit to communications the love of Jesus in a variety of ways. We are grateful for them and invite you to become a part of the team. For more information on how you can volunteer contact Makalee.
There are a number of ways that we support parents through the stages of their children’s development. For more information on what opportunities are available visit our parents page.
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Below you will find Family Ministries events which we invite you to check out. If you have any questions about our ministry, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our ministry staff listed below.
Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids
Wednesdays, May 1, 8, and 15, at UPC
Topics will include relationships, sexuality, decision-making based on values, and God's design for our bodies. We encourage all parents to attend this 3-day class. Intergenerational discussions will be tailored to kids from 8th–12th grade. However, 6th and 7th graders are invited if you feel like they would benefit from participating.
• Wednesday, May 1: 7–8:30pm, Parents Only
• Wednesday, May 8: 7–9pm, Parents, Students Optional
• Wednesday, May 15: 7–9pm, Parents, Students Optional
May 24–27, Lake Retreat, Ravensdale, WA Located 35 miles southeast of Seattle.
Build and strengthen relationships as you and your family worship and have fun together. Activities for everyone! Organized games and sports, crafts, canoes, paddleboards, paintball, zip line, campfires with smores, worship, fellowship, as well as comfortable lodging, and buffet-style meals. Families are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.
Contact Makalee to register.
Experience Missions: Sandwich Sundays
First Sundays, 11:30am, Geneva Hall
Join us on the first Sunday of every month to pack sandwich lunches. These meals are distributed to the youth who drop by our Street Youth Ministries offices for support and resources. Come as a family and join others in this time of community-building and serving in a tangible way.
Join our partner ministries and serve Seattle year-round! After sign up, you will be contacted with additional information for your shift.
Families, we need your help to support all students wanting to attend retreats, fun events, and camps, no matter their financial situation. Join us in making sure every student has the chance to participate! If you would like to contribute; checks can be made out to UPC with "FM Scholarships" in the memo line, or give online with PushPay, select giving type of "Other" and note "FM Scholarships" in the memo box. Thanks!
Family Ministries Staff
Nancy Eckardt, Interim Director of Family Ministries x180
Makalee Latta, Executive Admin for Family Ministries x169
Rita Buyco, Associate Director of Urban Engagement and Family Missions x160
Scott Gronholz, Director of High School Ministry x181
Bianca Quezada, Director of Middle School Ministry x115
Jill Brinkerhoff, Director of Children's Ministry x125
Sarah Smith, Associate Director of Elementary Ministry x177
Debbie Symons, Associate Director of Early Childhood Ministry x377
Daniel Keyes, High School Intern x128
Kevin Grow, Middle School Intern x127
Kaitlyn Anderson, Intern of Urban Engagement and Family Missions