JUC sponsors a variety of Affinity Groups with the purpose of building community and facilitating social connections among our members and friends. Affinity Groups are volunteer directed groups sponsored by the Belonging & Connection Team. Affinity Groups must be active to maintain standing within the church's programming. Leaders will be asked to respond to an annual on-line update form to renew their sponsorship. New affinity groups are approved on a six month basis and then annually after the first year. All groups must have up to two designated leaders who are JUC members, at least five active participants (including two members) and meet regularly.
Affinity Groups will have limited access to the church's communication channels and will be advertised on the Affinity Group page of the website. Specific events can be listed in the office Weekly Connection email. Groups will have limited access to meeting space at the church (only at low demand meeting times as defined by JUC's Administrator). Affinity Groups must be open to anyone who finds an affinity with the group and activities must be advertised through our Communication Manager to provide access for all who wish to participate. No fee should be charged for participation. Donations collected to cover the cost of material or food should be deposited with the church office and receipts submitted for reimbursement in accordance with JUC policy. Requests for Reimbursement should be turned in to the Congregational Connection Coordinator.
Activities sponsored by the group must be related to their purpose. It is recommended that social media used to advertise the group's activities be shared with the Congregational Connection Coordinator so newcomers interested in the group's activities can be directed accordingly. If your activity involves social justice, contact Rev. Eric Banner (firstname.lastname@example.org)