What to Expect in Worship
Sundays mornings are central to our life together. This is the day our community comes together to participate in the Sunday worship services and to deepen relationships. New to UUFRC?
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Service
Music, poetry, silence, and generosity are woven together during the worship hour, giving expression to the vibrancy of this “living tradition” while inviting personal connection with eternal truths. In the first portion of the worship service, children are encouraged to join the minister at the chancel for a story or conversation, before being ushered to the classes.
We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service. Except as noted, children start in the Sanctuary at 10:30 and are sung out to their classes and activities. Classes go until 11:30 or 11:40. Children are expected to remain in the Sanctuary for multigenerational services.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Social Hour
Fellowship continues with coffee and conversation in the Social Hall. We invite you to join us, meet other people, discuss the service, and learn more about our congregation.
Everyone is Welcome
Child care for infants and preschoolers (ages 6 and under) is available from 10:00 to 12:00. If you are bringing children on a first-time visit to the Fellowship, we recommend that you arrive early to meet the teacher and/or child care provider.
Dress code is individual, and usually casual; please come in whatever makes you comfortable. We welcome all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin; gender or gender identification; affectional preference or sexual orientation; age; physical or mental challenge; or social, economic, or marital status.
Elements of a Typical Worship Service
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion. Music, poetry, silence, and generosity are woven together during the worship hour, giving expression to the vibrancy of this “living tradition” while inviting personal connection with eternal truths.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional 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. First time visitors are encouraged to let the basket pass by.
From time to time, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. Often there will be seasonal evening worship services led by Jewish, Christian, or Pagan members of the congregation.