What to Expect in Worship Services
We gather for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with more wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation. Our congregation’s Sunday worship is informal, friendly, and eclectic, sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, but always musical–we do like to sing. Sometimes the music is traditional, sometimes contemporary. There’s almost always laughing and applause, but sometimes there are tears. The children are sometimes exuberant before they leave for their own classes. The birds and squirrels outside our windows sometimes distract us. Occasional services feature sermons or plays written by members of the congregation.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome from the Worship Associate
- Lighting a chalice, the symbol of our faith
- An enthusiastic greeting of friends and newccomers
- A “story for all ages”
- Music, both traditional and contemporary
- Lighting candles for the joys and concerns of individuals in the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by our minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
- After-service coffee and food
We welcome people of all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and creeds. Most folks dress casually; some choose to be a little dressy. The church building is wheel chair accessible, and hearing-assistive devices are available. Large print hymnals are provided upon request. Greeters and ushers are here to assist you.
Families with Children
All ages begin together in the main sanctuary for the beginning part of the worship service. After the story for all ages, youth and children are invited to participate in age appropriate Religious Exploration classes in the Fellowship Hall. Childcare is available for infants and toddlers. Our sound system is set up so that parents with small children can enjoy the service in a comfortable living room setting in the Fellowship Hall. (Babies, children and youth are also welcome to remain in the sanctuary for the entire service.)
Once a month, we stay together in the sanctuary as an inter-generational community. Using story, song, and ritual, these services engage the whole family in worship together. Our worship schedule shows when inter-generational services are scheduled. Childcare is available for infants and young toddlers every Sunday, including the inter-generational services.
A few times a year, we have celebrations or events after the service and during the week for children and families. Please see our Calendar to see our upcoming celebrations and events.
Other Worship Services
Morning Discovery meets 10 – 11:15 a.m. on first and third Wednesdays. Attendees explore community and spirituality, discussion and shared silence.
Evening Meditation meets every Wednesday 7 – 8 p.m. Attendees practice meditation and reap its benefits.
Please check the calendar for a full list of activities and events.
Visitors are always welcome at all our worship services.