What to Expect in Worship Services
We are always delighted to welcome guests! If this is your first time visiting a Unitarian Universalist church or our congregation, here’s some idea of what to expect:
A warm greeting at the door! We gather for Sunday worship at 10:30am, but you might want to arrive a bit early to chat and choose a seat.
A non-judgmental space. We welcome people of all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and creeds.
Accessible facilities. We welcome and affirm people of all abilities with accessible grounds and services. Greeters and ushers are available to assist you.
Sunday Worship at Starr King
Unitarian Universalist worship varies by congregation. Our services tend to be informal, friendly, and eclectic. And always musical! Sometimes the music is traditional, sometimes contemporary. There’s almost always joy and even laughter, but sometimes there are tears. The critters outside our windows sometimes distract us, and that’s okay!
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service include:
- Warm welcomes, land acknowledgement, and lighting the chalice – the symbol of our faith tradition
- An opening hymn – with more to follow!
- A story or activity from our Family Ministry team
- Lighting candles for the joys and concerns of individuals in the congregation
- A quiet time, often with music, for meditation or prayer
- A sermon given by our minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering – collecting financial donations to support the church or local justice work
- After-service coffee and food
Sometimes services will incorporate seasonal holiday celebrations and important ceremonies, such as child dedications.
Visiting with Children
Please do! We have a fun and welcoming group of kiddos already, so we hope you’ll feel right at home.
All ages begin together in the Sanctuary for the start of worship. After the story for all ages, children are invited to participate in age-appropriate Religious Exploration in the Fellowship Hall, with childcare for infants and toddlers.
Children are also welcome to remain in the sanctuary. Our sound system broadcasts to the Fellowship Hall living room, so you can also pop back there if needed and not miss any of the service. Just let us know how we can assist.
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. Join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook to keep updated on special happenings.