Join us Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM (summer)/9:00 & 11:15 AM (fall-spring) for worship!
We are a growing religious community of over 500 members and friends, accepting and engaging many paths to truth. Reason, experience and wisdom are our guides to spiritual growth. Our church includes people of all races and abilities–young and old, families and singles. We celebrate diversity and intentionally seek to engage one another in our full humanness.
What can I expect to experience on a Sunday morning? Most of our Sunday services follow a typical format; here are some things you can expect to see most Sundays:
– You’ll see a chalice lighting. This is the symbol of Unitarian Universalism, signifying hope, life, and love.
– You’ll hear music, and be invited to sing along. We have diverse musicians and spirited singing, and we welcome your voice, no matter how well you carry a tune! We also encourage clapping and dancing!
– You’ll see our children. We welcome our children and youth as chalice-lighters and participants in other parts of the service. The “Wonder Box” message for all ages is a special time for the little ones in particular.
– You’ll see candle-lighting. At the water/candle sculpture people light candles of joy, hope, or sadness. You’re encouraged to do so if you wish.
– You’ll hear a sermon. We have four ministers, each with their own style, but all will encourage you, inspire you, and challenge you to live your life to the fullest!
– You’ll see generosity in action. Our weekly collection invites generous giving to causes within and beyond the church community. Feel free to give if you are moved to do so, or to let the basket pass.
– You’ll feel an emphasis on connection. Our worship and “Middle Hour” encourages people of all ages to connect in learning and deepening their understanding of themselves, their community, and their world. Join us in coffee hour or Middle Hour and use a yellow mug for your coffee, tea, or water to signal the rest of us that you are new and would like to be engaged in conversation.
Where do my children go?
Nursery care is available starting fifteen minutes before the service for children ages 6 months to 3 years. Everyone else starts in the sanctuary! Youth ages 10+ attend the whole service, sitting with family or friends, while children ages 10 and younger will be “sung out” following the “Wonder Box” message for all ages, so that they can attend childcare if they so desire. Our Religious Exploration program takes place during Middle Hour (10:10-11:10 fall/winter/spring) or After Hour (11:10-12:10 summer) for all ages including children, youth, and adults.
What should I wear?
Come dressed comfortably. Some people wear jeans and t-shirts, some wear dresses or skirts, or jackets and ties. We want you to be comfortable and we’re more interested in your spirit than your outfit. Children should be dressed comfortably in clothes they can move in, and potentially get wet or dirty. They will be playing and doing crafts– dress them appropriately.
What else do I need to know?
Five times a year, there will be a Celebration Sunday– a multigenerational approach to worship including a story, song, ritual, and fun! Children stay in the sanctuary for the entire time to take part. Middle Hour will occur as usual (that is, Religious Exploration will happen as usual, unless otherwise noted).
During our summer months, we only have one service at 10:00 am, but during fall, winter, and spring, we typically have two services at 9:00 am and 11:15 am. However, there are a few exceptions to that rule during the regular year:
One 9:00 am service only on:
December 4 (Congregational Meeting at 10:30)
December 25 (Christmas)
January 1 (New Year’s Day)
April 2 (Congregational Meeting at 10:30)
Monthly Thematic Worship – “Soul Matters” — We focus each month on a theme, embedded throughout worship, Religious Exploration, and small group ministry as well as other areas as possible. For 2016-17 we have begun using the Soul Matters program, a Unitarian Universalist approach which includes resources for the given themes. This way, we will be “in tune” with many other UU congregations across the country. For more information, visit http://www.soulmatterssharingcircle.com/about.html#approach.Each theme is illustrated with a beautiful banner, created by members of the congregation. Many of the banners can be seen hanging in the sanctuary.