What to Expect

What to Expect

What are your services like?

To paraphrase the old joke about the changeability of the weather in Maryland, if you don’t like a UUCC worship service, come again next week.  Our services reflect the diverse faith traditions we are founded on, including Humanism and atheism, as well as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, paganism, and many others.  Whatever your faith tradition, you will be welcomed and you will find familiar traditions, as well as new ones.  Prepare to be comforted, nurtured, surprised, inspired, moved, made to think, and challenged to act.

Most often, there is a sermon or homily delivered by one of our ministers, plus hymn-singing, special music, and readings.  Our adult choir, the Chalice Choir, performs approximately twice per month, and our children’s choir, the Chalice Lights, several times a year.  (The choirs take the summer off.)

But there are many variations – we have visiting ministers, lay speakers who give talks, pagan services with earth-centered rituals, services developed and led by our youth, jazz services, and two annual music services.  Come visit, and come often to experience the many variations in our services.

What is the dress code?

Come as you are. Members wear everything from jeans and sneakers to traditional Sunday best.

What is Unitarian Universalism? What do you believe?

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion — that means, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that religious authority lies not in a single book or person or institution, but in ourselves.

We are a “non-creedal” religion: we do not ask anyone to subscribe to a set of beliefs. Rather, each member is encouraged to embark on a conscientious, life-long quest for religious beliefs in which they come to believe deeply. To find out more about Unitarian Universalism, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association web site at www.uua.org/beliefs.

May my child stay with me during the service?

Yes, children are welcome.

However, there are Religious Education classes your child can attend, too.  Your children can try out the classes suitable to their ages. Classes are designed to be hands-on, participatory and fun.  They take place in our classrooms on the lower level. Generally, children start the morning in the sanctuary with their parents, then are invited to go downstairs for class several minutes into the service.  More information about RE programs for children. Teen classes, by the way, typically meet Sunday evenings.

Some of our services are designed for people of all ages to attend (we call them “intergenerational”), and on those Sunday mornings there won’t be RE classes.

For very young children, a nursery is available. Personal listening devices are available for those with infants that need tending outside of the sanctuary.  We also have a small chapel within the sanctuary for folks who would like to watch and hear the service in soundproofed privacy (ask an usher to direct you).

What happens after Sunday morning services?

Between services (and after the service in summer), we hold a fellowship hour in our Fellowship Hall, the room with the wood floors.  You’ll hear folks refer to this time as “coffee hour”.

You are welcome to stay, enjoy coffee or tea and a snack with us, and chat.  We are eager to get to know you better.