A Typical Worship Service
Services begin at 10 am on Sunday mornings with the chiming of bells as a Call to Worship. We then light a Chalice, the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith. The light of the chalice symbolizes the divine spark that shines within and outside of each of us. During services, we typically read aloud a Unison Affirmation.
Candles of Joy and Concern
The Candles of Joy and Concern is a living tradition in many UU congregations. It is a time we set aside for sharing important joys or concerns in our lives. As UUs, we covenant together to sustain, support, encourage, and love one another. For private concerns, candles are provided at the side of the sanctuary. The Candles of Joy and Concern are conducted by the Lay Ministers, all are welcome to participate.
After prayers, a sermon (read some past sermons here), singing hymns, and musical reflection, our service comes to a close. We conclude our time together by standing, joining hands, and singing together: “Carry the Flame of Peace and Love, Until We Meet Again.”
We socialize after services in the foyer at coffee hour. Once a month after services, we share a potluck soup or sandwich lunch, which has become known as Souper Sunday. All attendees are welcome to sit down, share food and drink, and connect with others.
Childcare and Religious Education
Children from infancy to three years are cared for in our Tender Loving Care room in the Religious Education wing. Trustworthy, CORI-checked adults and older adolescents cuddle and play with our youngest members.
During most services, Religious Education classes for children grades pre-K through high school are held.