What time do things get started on Sundays at First Unitarian?On Sunday morning, we have Religious Education classes for children and youth, as well as the Forum, Adult Education, and our Women's and Sustainable Living Groups. These all begin at 10 a.m. Our worship service begins at 11 a.m. Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers from 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Why is it important to have an Order of Service in the Worship Service?When you enter the sanctuary, an usher will hand you an Order of Service. The Order of Service provides the words to our affirmation, tells you what hymns will be sung, and identifies persons involved in leading worship.
The Order of Service also provides words to many of our anthems as well as a list of activities in our community for the coming week.
What about children?Our Church School for preschool through high school begins at 10:00 a.m. At 11:00 a.m., children through 5th grade alternate between attending chapel or a portion of church. Childcare continues from approximately 11:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
What should I [and my children] wear to this church?Dress is from casual to business formal. Children should come to our church dressed for activities generated by hands-on learning experiences.
If my child does not separate well, can he or she stay with me during the service?Children are always welcome during our service. We have regular Family Sundays where all the youth attend church. Worship folders with activities are available for children who wish to sit with their parents.
Where's the best place to park?We encourage our guests to use the guest parking spaces closest to the driveway entrance off Dewey Ave. Handicapped parking is available at various locations throughout our parking lot. There are two ramps into the building on the west side of our facility. Recommended Sunday morning parking is in the parking lots on the north side of 13th St., and in the vacant lots across Dewey Ave. See Parking Map
You can enter the building from the courtyard or through the sanctuary doors. You will find guest books to sign and greeters to assist you.
Who decides what happens in the worship service?First Unitarian enthusiastically embodies Freedom of the Pulpit wherein our parish minister, the Reverend Mark Christian, is charged with the responsibility for ministering to the congregation through sermons and teachings in worship (other people sometimes lead worship and preach, but ultimately this responsibility is given to our called minister). We are also committed to Freedom of the Pew wherein no member is expected to agree with everything said in our worship service. Reverend Christian regularly consults with Director of Music, Beverly McLarry, our Worship Committee, and other staff members about our worship experience.
What happens in Lifespan Faith Development?Our Director of Religious Education, Terry Ward, and our Program Minister, the Reverend Jonalu Johnstone, work closely with the Religious Education Council to determine curricula. Leaders of our community direct our Sustainable Living and Women's Groups.
How is this church governed?Unitarian Universalist congregations are gathered around Congregational Polity. That means the ultimate responsibility for leading and funding the congregation rests with the congregation. Policy and Financial Decisions are made by our elected Board of Trustees. Directions in programming our set by our Church Council, which consists of leaders from our various committees and organizations. Funding for our church activities, staff, and facility come from voluntary donations from our members and friends. First Church members called the Reverend Christian as our Parish Minister in 2001.