… we welcome you!
We would love to introduce ourselves to you. The Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist church is a community which welcomes people from all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and religious backgrounds. We have no creed to which members must adhere. We rely on our ethical principles to guide us, individually and as a community.
Description of our Worship Services
Unitarian Universalism is unique in that its members are joined by common values, rather than a particular creed of religious beliefs. If you are hungry for a church that honors your questions rather than giving you one set of answers, Allen Avenue UU Church might be what you are looking for.
Services begin with a welcoming message and announcements. Visitors and guests are invited to stand and introduce themselves, if they wish, but shouldn’t feel obligated to do so.
We recommend attending more than one service at any church you are considering as a possible spiritual community. You’ll have a better idea of the variety and flavor of the church and whether it is right for you. Learn more about what to expect at our Worship Services.
Greetings on First Arrival
Our Sunday services are held at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM except during the summer, when there is one service at 10:00 AM. Check Upcoming Worship Services for more information.
From September to late June, you will be welcomed by greeters as you enter our door. The greeter can answer your questions about the service, religious education and childcare, and can introduce you to our Director of Religious Education if you have children. You will be invited to fill out and wear a name tag. If you sign our guest book, we’ll send you our email newsletter for a few months. The greeters will be happy to show you and your children their program rooms, and where to hang your coats. They will be happy to point the way to the sanctuary for our worship service. Please note that programs for children and youth are offered during the 9:00 AM service only.
Our Membership Coordinator will be at church most Sundays from September to late June and is eager to meet you and make you feel welcome.
As you enter our sanctuary, an usher will give you an Order of Service and can help seat you if you like. The church is wheel-chair accessible, and ushers can help if you have any special concerns.
During the summer, the lay-led service is small and informal, and you are welcome to come in, take a program and sit down. The worship leader or anyone present can answer questions you may have.
Children and Youth – Religious Education
From September through June, we have a full religious education program for children and youth during our 9:00 AM service. Childcare is available at our 11:00 AM service and during our summer services.
Visiting children are invited to join with others of their age group. If you arrive about 10 minutes before the service begins, greeters at the door can show you to the Religious Education wing, and our Director of Religious Education, will introduce you and your children to leaders of the appropriate age groups.
At the 9:00 AM service, children attend the first part of the worship service with their families, and then go to their programs after the “Lesson for All Ages”. We have nursery care for infants and toddlers to age 3+. Of course, children are welcome to remain in the sanctuary with their parents for the entire service if you wish.
You can also accompany your child when leaving the service, to see that s/he is comfortable. Parents pick up their children in their program rooms at 10:15 AM . You can contact the Director of Religious Education if you have other questions before or after you visit.
During our summer services, childcare is available, and children are also welcome to remain in the service if they are able.
We also have a senior high youth group that meets with adult advisers. If you have a senior high age youth, we recommend contacting our Director of Religious Education to speak more about the program before a visit.
Social Time Following the Service – You’re Invited!!!
We invite you to join us to socialize with coffee, tea and time for discussion and meeting new friends. This is a good time to inquire about on-going activities and perhaps check the bulletin boards for items that interest you. Following the service there may be other activities scheduled, such as a social justice forum, a potluck lunch, various meetings, or informal discussions. Check out our Events Calendar for more information.
What to Wear
You’ll find that most people are dressed casually. Children frequently have art projects and sometimes outdoor activities; they should dress so they can actively engage in the program. We ask people to avoid wearing perfumes and heavily scented products in our building in consideration of those with allergies and chemical sensitivities.