What to expect at a Sunday service

 

Haven’t attended a religious service in years? New to Unitarian Universalism? Here are answers to questions you might have!

What are Sunday services like?

Our services begin at 10:30 am, and typically include music, meditation, hymns, readings, prayer and a sermon. Our minister is usually in the pulpit 3 Sundays a month. In addition we hear from our community minister, guests or lay leaders. On most Sundays, our children begin in the service and are “sung out” to their classes after a story.

After the service, which typically lasts an hour and 15 minutes, people go downstairs to socialize over coffee and other refreshments.

What should I wear?

Some people dress up and some people dress casually. Wear what feels comfortable to you.

What should my children wear?

Children will be fine in sneakers and jeans or any play clothes. Younger children especially will probably spend part of the Religious Education sitting in a circle or on the carpet and other time working with paste, glue and crayons.

Is there child care?

Nursery care is available for children under 3 beginning just before 10:30.

May my child stay with me during the service?

Yes! Many Sundays young ones stay in the sanctuary with their parents/guardians. If your child becomes restless, you may want to step out into the foyer for a bit where you can still hear the service or take them to Nursery Care for the remainder of the service.

What do children and teenagers do during the church service?

The Religious Education program for children 3 through high school age takes place from 10:30-11:45. The Junior (7th & 8th) and Senior (9th – 12th) Youth Groups both begin at 10:30. On Sundays, children 3 years old through 5th graders begin in the Sanctuary with their parents/guardians and then move to their Religious Education groups. Children younger than third grade stay in their religious education rooms until parents pick them up at 11:45.

Accessibility?

Our Boones Ferry Wing (the newer-looking part of our building) has an elevator that will allow you to avoid the steps into and within the church. Park on the south side of the new wing; you can use the designated handicapped parking spots.

Hearing devices are available. Just ask an usher, who will connect you with one of our sound technicians.

Have a different question?

Give us a call at 503-656-7296 or email office@uucwf.org and we’ll do our best to answer it.