What To Expect on Sunday Morning

What happens when I arrive?
What are the options for my children?
What do I do when I enter the sanctuary?
What happens during a typical service?
What happens during coffee hour?
What should I wear?

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What happens when I arrive?

When you walk in the front door you will be greeted by a few of our members, who will invite you to sign our Guest Book and make a name tag. You can pick up visitor packet containing various brochures with information about our fellowship. The guest table hosts will answer your questions and direct you to the sanctuary. If you arrive early, the guest table hosts can arrange a tour of the building and help you get your children settled, either with you or in the nursery or a religious education class.

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What are the options for my children?

Infant – 3 years of age — Childcare is always available year around. Alternatively, your child may attend the service with you.

Age 4 – Grade 12 — From September through May, we have religious education classes for children and youth.  Your child is welcome to attend these classes or attend the service in the sanctuary with you.

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What do I do when I enter the sanctuary?

An usher will welcome you and give you a Sunday bulletin.  If a large-print bulletin or hymnal would be helpful to you, please let the usher know. We have no reserved seats; you are welcome to select a seat anywhere in the sanctuary.

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What happens during a typical service?

Members of our Sunday Services Committee lead most services. Guest ministers or other speakers from our congregation or the broader community will share some words of wisdom.  During the summer months, we often go to every other Sunday, with some services being held offsite at various locations (see our Upcoming Events).

Although each service is different in content, they all share common elements.  A typical service will include a chalice lighting, music, readings, a story for all ages, time for reflection, an offering, a sermon, and closing words. The format is similar to a Protestant service, but the content is very different.
Music has long been an important part of our services. Our choir sings twice a month. The Music Committee and Music Director see to it that congregational songs complement each Sunday’s topic. Guest musicians also play on occasion.

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What happens during coffee hour?

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., we enjoy one another’s company on a less formal basis, chatting with old friends and welcoming new ones. Coffee, tea, and baked treats are provided by our Hospitality Teams. We encourage you to stay to check out our bulletin boards and to become better acquainted with someone. One Sunday of each month, visitors and guests are invited to stay for “UU 101,” in which experienced members answer your questions, share the many opportunities the fellowship offers, and give you a tour of the building.

Some fellowship committees may meet after the service to get some of their work done while their members are all in the building at the same time.

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What should I wear?

Our members attend services in a variety of styles of clothing. Some wear business attire; some wear shorts and sandals; most wear something in between.  We invite you to wear clothing that is comfortable for you.

If you can’t make it …

The UUA’s Church of the Larger Fellowship offers live-streaming Sunday services also. Check it out!

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