We would be delighted to see you on Sunday morning.
What time are services held? Throughout most of the year, we have two identical worship services: one at 9:30am and one at 11:15am. During the summer months, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, we have one service at 10:00am. Services last for one hour.
How do I get there? Where do I park? Please visit our Map, Directions, and Parking page. We have a small parking lot next to the building with spaces for visitors.
I am visiting with my children. What should I do? We will be glad to see you and your kids! When visiting with children, plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before the service begins so you can check in at the New Families Greeter Station in the Atrium, which is accessed through the lower doors off Dupont Avenue. Our greeters can answer almost any question you might have, or will find someone who can. They’ll help you find the appropriate classroom for each child, and ensure you and your child feel comfortable and welcome. Please let the Greeter know if he or she can help make your visit easier in any way.
Parents may choose to stay in the nursery or classroom with their children if they would like to help them get adjusted to First Universalist, or if they want to learn more about our classes through observation. Alternately, parents may attend the worship service in the Sanctuary while their children are in Sunday morning classes or nursery care.
If you would prefer, infants, children and youth are also welcome to attend Sunday morning worship services in our sanctuary with their families. If you have a fussy or rambunctious child, you may also choose to settle into our Library, adjacent to the Social Hall on the main floor, where you can view a streamed simulcast of the service while rocking, nursing or leafing through picture books. We hope to make the morning stress-free, enjoyable and enriching for every member of your family.
Click here to learn more about our childcare and Sunday morning classes.
How should I dress? People attend our services in all different types of attire, from suits and dresses to jeans and t-shirts. We invite you to dress comfortably and come as you are.
Where is the sanctuary? Our sanctuary is located on the second floor of the building. If you enter the main doors of the church you will need to go upstairs to the Sanctuary. You will find stairs on both sides of the foyer that lead up to the Sanctuary level.
What happens after I arrive? After you enter, we invite you make a nametag and, if you wish, to fill out a visitor information card so that we can connect with you. There are coat rooms available on the main floor. Head upstairs to the sanctuary, where you will be greeted by an usher and receive an order of service. The order of service includes a basic outline of the service and information about upcoming events. Have a seat anywhere you wish.
Is the building handicapped accessible? An elevator located in the atrium serves all levels of the building. We have designated spots in the parking lot for those with limited mobility. Please enter through the glass doors on Dupont Avenue.
Assisted hearing devices and large-print hymnals are available by asking an usher as you enter the sanctuary. Wheelchairs and a walker are available in the atrium for Sunday morning use. Ask a greeter or an usher for assistance.
For those with chemical sensitivities, fragrance free seating is available in the balcony.
What happens in the service? Our Sunday services create a sacred space for inspiration, reflection, and connection. You may recognize familiar elements from other church services that you have attended. A typical service includes:
A sermon by one of our ministers
Beautiful music from our choir and musicians from our church and local community
Lighting the flaming chalice, the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist tradition.
Readings from various sources, including the world’s great religious traditions, poetry, and literature.
A time of prayer and/or meditation
Joining together in song through our hymns.
We do take up an offering each Sunday, 60% of which goes to an organization engaged in community-based social justice work. As a visitor, please be our guest and feel free to let the plate pass by you or make a contribution, whichever feels right to you.
What happens after church? People gather after each service for coffee, tea, and conversation in the social hall, which is located on the ground floor, directly beneath the sanctuary. You can take the elevator or the stairs down.
We encourage you to head over to the Welcome Center, located next to the circular table marked “Information.” Here you can grab a cup of coffee, peruse literature about Unitarian Universalism and First Universalist Church activities, and visit with a greeter if you wish. Our greeters would be delighted to answer any questions you have, as would the Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink and Sandy DiNanni, who staffs our Information Center.
If you would like to receive our weekly e-news or additional information about First Universalist activities, please fill out one of our visitor information cards. You may also sign up for our weekly e-news online by clicking here.