A Time To Reflect and Connect
We gather this hour, as people of faith, with joys and sorrows, gifts and needs. We light this beacon of hope, sign of our quest for truth and meaning, in celebration of the life we share together.
We gather together in spiritual community because we need constant reminders of what matters most in life. In a world of heartbreak and dehumanization, our churches and communities call us to our better selves. We learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion.
Our worship services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. Our programs for all ages inspire us, and awaken us to our capacities to make a difference in our own lives and in the world.
What to expect in worship
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek offers worship services each Sunday morning at 10:30. Child care is provided during service for our youngest children and religious exploration classes welcome children from grades K-12.
Throughout the year there are additional special services to honor the Equinoxes and Solstices, as well as Christmas Eve. Visitors are warmly welcomed to join in worship.
Upon entering the foyer, a greeter will hand you an Order of Service. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guest book so that we can keep in touch. Just inside the sanctuary, you will find a cart where you can pick up a hymnal. You then may choose a seat anywhere in the sanctuary.
At UUSMC, as in most other Unitarian Universalist congregations, worship services begin with the lighting of the flaming chalice (our symbol of faith) and opening words, followed by hymns, a prayer or meditation, readings, and a sermon. Instrumental and vocal music offered by our choir or visiting musicians is a regular part of our worship. Services may also include announcements and a time for sharing joys and concerns, and an offering of money is usually received.
Religious Exploration for children and youth
Each Sunday, the children will begin in the sanctuary to enjoy the Story for All Ages with the whole congregation. After the story the children will be sung out of the sanctuary to their religious exploration classes, except on the first Sunday of each month, when we have our multi-generational service. Children are encouraged to attend the entire service to learn about the current month’s theme. We understand this can sometimes be a challenge, so for those times that children may need or want to leave service a bit early, adult supervision is available Classroom #1 for children ages 4-10 and babysitters are available in our nursery for children 3 and under.
What to wear
What members and visitors wear for Sunday services is entirely a matter of choice and tends to be casual. While most wear “business casual” clothes, jeans and shorts are not uncommon.
Coffee hour and potluck luncheons
Following the service, we gather for coffee, tea, snacks, and conversation. On the second Sunday of the month we hold a potluck luncheon after service. All are welcome, and this is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek.