If you are thinking about visiting First Unitarian Church, you may be wondering what to expect. We hope this brief description will be helpful to you!
We are a liberal religious congregation of over 300 with 100 children and youth participating in our religious education program. We are called by our Unitarian Universalist values and faith to fashion a world that is peaceful, compassionate, just, and sustainable.
At First Unitarian, worship is an experience we create together―not in adoration of a god, rather a celebration of awe, wonder, and the sacred. We hold one another in mutual embrace through the many ways in which we connect with one another here. We collectively act for justice in ways large and small. We commit to lifelong learning and spiritual practice that enriches our lives and those around us.
We are Unitarian Universalists
Our Sunday morning worship celebrations follow the pattern of a typical Protestant worship service, reflecting our liberal Protestant roots. Thus, our worship celebrations include hymns, one or more readings, music, a sermon, an offering, and a prayer or meditation. However, there are some differences! For example, you will find that the readings are drawn from a wide range of inspirational literature.
Religious Education Classes for Children and Youth
Religious education classes for children and youth take place at the same time as our worship celebrations. Children are invited to stay with you for the first part of our worship services and then attend age-appropriate classes. We have a nursery for preschoolers.
The "cuddle room" for folks with fussy infants is located to the rear of the Sanctuary adjacent to the elevator. There is a loudspeaker in the room so that you and your infant can continue to hear the service.
Social Hour after Church
Many people stick around after church for refreshments and conversation. You are welcome to join in!
What to Wear
Some people dress more formally, others dress more casually.
Parking is available on the surrounding streets. You can park on either side of Ellsworth Avenue. You can park on the church side of Morewood Avenue. You can be adventurous and parka little further away on Devonshire Street or Amberson Avenue. You can also park in the Winchester Thurston school parking lot along Ellsworth Avenue.
Our building and our worship services are accessible to persons with disabilities. An elevator connects all three floors of the church building. For those using walkers or wheelchairs,or for those who want to avoid steps, the parking area off Morewood Avenue provides level access to the Garden Lobby where the elevator is located. Hearing assistance devices and large print hymnbooks are available in the Sanctuary.
We recognize that human diversity is both a fact of life and an intentional achievement for a religious community or any other organization.
We welcome the presence and participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in all areas of church life.
Whatever your race, culture, or place in society, there is a place for you here in our diverse religious community. Come into our embrace, whomever you are.
We ask that you provide your name and contact information on a guest form so that we can communicate with you! Guest forms are available on small clipboards in the pews. They are also available from the ushers and greeters.
Located in the Garden Lobby, the Welcome Table is a place where you can talk with someone from our Membership Committee if you have questions about First Unitarian Church or about Unitarian Universalism.
Do you have more questions?
If you have questions about the policies, procedures, or general questions, you can email Alison Schwartz, your Board Ombudsman, at firstname.lastname@example.org