What to Expect
You will receive a warm welcome on Sunday morning at UUFVB.
Services begin at 10 a.m. year-round, with religious education classes for children and youth offered from September through May. Caring and competent child care is offered every Sunday for wee ones.
When you arrive, greeters will welcome you at the door. A friendly volunteer at our Welcome Table will help you feel comfortable, and direct you to the Sanctuary for the service. They can also point you to the Religious Education and child care areas if needed.
Our minister speaks approximately three Sundays per month. On the remaining Sundays, lay members or guest speakers fill our pulpit, bringing us a diversity of voices throughout the year.
What to Expect:
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a story for all ages
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting-up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
A very important part of every Sunday at UUFVB is the social hour that follows the service. We gather in Fellowship Hall for Fair Trade coffee and tea and stimulating conversation with members and friends. You may also enjoy visiting our Fair-Trade store, which is open every Sunday offering coffee, chocolate and goods from around the world at very reasonable prices.
You may have your questions answered at the Introduction to UUFVB sessions held on the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. in the library. Hosted by volunteers, these meetings offer a great way to meet new people and increase your understanding of both this congregation and the wider world of Unitarian Universalism.
What to Wear:
Dress is casual or dressy your choice. Unitarian Universalism is often said to be a religion that puts its faith in you, and this level of personal decision-making extends to what you choose to wear on Sunday mornings. Many of our members choose what might be called dressy casual. Children are encouraged to wear play clothes, because on days when the weather allows, their activities may take place outside.
Our building is wheelchair accessible. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
Sound amplification devices are available – just ask a greeter or enquire at the Welcome Table.