What to Expect in Worship
Come as You Are
Dress is casual. Jeans are fine. Some dress more formally. In the summer, shorts are often worn. Our “come as you are” atmosphere extends beyond clothing. You are welcome whatever your prior religious affiliation, if any.
Parking is available in the church lot and on Willa Road. We have accessible spaces near the main entrance, and a ramp is available at the front entrance.
When You Arrive
Greeters will welcome you as you enter the building. Most of our members wear name tags. We have temporary name tags available for you to use if you wish. The greeters will be glad to help you find your way around the building.
Childcare and Religious Education for Children
During the worship service we provide nursery childcare and religious education classes for children and teens. Children may also attend the service with their family.
The Worship Service
As you enter our worship space, pick up an order of service. Sit wherever you are comfortable. Our service begins at 10 a.m. and lasts about an hour. While the format varies from week to week, there are commonalities in all services.
The service generally begins with the sounding of a gong, followed by words of welcome and brief announcements.
The service includes the lighting of a chalice (the primary symbol of Unitarian Universalism) accompanied by readings drawing from a wide range of religious and humanist sources. The rainbow ribbon around our Chalice is a symbol of us being a Welcoming Congregation,which is active for the purpose of social justice issues regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people.
Music is an important part of our services, as well – singing, choir anthems, and performances by guest musicians, and popular recorded music.
Most weeks, some people will share their joys and concerns. You are also welcome to do so. This is a time of meditation and prayer.
Each service includes a sermon or reflection by our minister, a member of the congregation, or a guest speaker.
Although an offering is collected during the service, a financial contribution is not expected from our visitors. Your donation is also appreciated, however, as a newcomer, your gift to us is your presence. Each month, one half of contributions collected during service is donated to a local charity of choice. [link to a Share the Plate list?]
After the Service
Please join us for coffee, tea and conversation. You may stop by our Newcomer’s Table during coffee hour. A member will be happy to provide you with more information about Unitarian Universalism and our Fellowship.
We look forward to your visit!