What to Expect
Our Sunday mornings begin as people gather before the service, which is at 10:00 am for the summer and 9:15 and 11:00 am August to May. Volunteers are making coffee, setting up chairs, greeting each other and awaiting the start of service.
As you arrive in the building you will mostly likely be greeted by a member near the door. Don't worry, they don't bite! If you are new to us, the greeter can direct you to our visitor's table where you can make a name tag and sign up to receive information, if you want. Most members wear permanent name tags, making it easier for all of us to learn names. UUs tend to be friendly folks, so don't be surprised if somebody you don't know says hello.
A few minutes before service starts, someone will move through the Fireside Room ringing a bell to let people know it is time to move into Fellowship Hall for the service. There are no assigned or reserved seats, so take a seat wherever you are comfortable. On each seat you will find a program for the morning's service with a calendar of events and announcements on the back. The program varies from one week to the next, but usually includes a mixture of readings, meditation, songs sung by the congregation, special music performed by members, and a presentation or sermon. Children may attend the service with their parents or attend the religious education program (9:15 only). Nursery care is provided for children 3 and under during both services.
Usually there will be one or two hymnals (song books) on the chairs. The hymns that are to be sung by the congregation will be listed in the program by name and number. The hymns in both hymnals are organized by number, so it is easy to find the right one. We normally stand to sing because it gives us a chance to stretch our legs, and we sound better that way, but if you don't feel like standing or you have trouble standing, please remain comfortably seated. About half way through the service we will pass a basket for our offering while there is some special music played. Half of the offering goes to a worthy cause each month! Please don't feel obliged to contribute anything as a visitor. We're just glad you're here!
Once the service is over, most members gather in the Fireside Room to socialize while drinking fair-trade coffee or tea and partaking of wonderful treats. This is a great time to get to know some of our members. Feel free to ask questions about our Fellowship and Unitarian Universalism in general. You might not get the same answers from everybody, but that's part of our charm.