Sundays at South Church
South Church is a warm and welcoming community. Our members hold a wide range of religious beliefs and spiritual practices. While some grew up in Unitarian Universalist congregations, most have come to us from other religious traditions or no religious tradition at all. All of us come together on Sunday mornings to find inspiration and solace, wisdom, renewal and fellowship.
Services take place at 9:00 and 11:00am during most of the year. Each service lasts about an hour. During the summer months, we hold one service 10:00am. this year we transition to two services on Sunday, September 18th.
On the way in, you can stop by the Welcome Table in the entry, if you wish. There you’ll find people to answer your questions and help you get situated, literature about South Church and Unitarian Universalism, and a guest book which you are welcome to sign. Some visitors prefer to slip in quietly for their first one or two visits, and stop by once they’re sure they’d like to come back. That’s fine, too.
Typically, all ages remain in the sanctuary for the first fifteen minutes, for the welcome, opening words, an opening hymn and a children’s story. Children are then “sung out” to their religious education classes, accompanied by volunteers from the Religious Education program and any parents who wish to help get their children settled. In addition to the story and opening words, most services include hymns and special music, a time of prayer and meditation, an offering, and a sermon by one of our ministers or a guest speaker.
Following both Sunday morning services, all are welcome to join us at Social Hour for coffee and snacks. During the summer months, when the weather is nice, we gather for lemonade on the portico.
For children of members and visitors, we offer a comprehensive religious education program (link to RE Program Main Page). Religious education classes (link to RE Classes) are available for three year-olds through 4th grade at both the 9:00 and 11:00 services. Our 5th-6th grade class and middle school classes meet during the 11:00 service. High School youth gather for Senior Youth Group (link to Senior youth) Sunday afternoons at 4:30, and are encouraged to attend morning services. Nursery care (link to Nursery) is available for infants through age three.
During the summer months, an all-ages program serves children through 5th Grade. Nursery care is available, as well, for infants through age three.