What’s worship 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 our minister Rev. Paige Getty, plus hymn-singing, special music, and readings. Our adult Chalice Choir usually performs twice per month, and our children’s Chalice Lights choir, 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.
May my child stay with me during the service?
Yes, children are welcome! Learn more about the expectations here.
And what about your Religious Education program for children & youth?
We offer Religious Education (RE) classes that your child(ren) are welcome to check out before enrolling. Classes are designed to be hands-on, participatory, and fun. They take place in our classrooms downstairs. Generally, children start the morning in the sanctuary with their parents/guardians, then they are invited to go downstairs. Visit our Religious Education classes page for more information about RE programs for children.
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 those who would like to watch and hear the service in soundproofed privacy (an usher can help you with this).
Teen classes typically meet Sunday afternoon and/or evenings.
Some of our services are designed for people of all ages to attend (we call them “multigenerational”), and on those Sunday mornings, there won’t be Religious Education classes.
What happens after Sunday morning worship?
After worship, we hold coffee hour in our Fellowship Hall, the room with the wood floors.
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.
What if there is inclement weather on a Sunday morning?
If worship is canceled, there will be a pop-up message on this website. If there is no message, then worship is on!