If you are visiting us for the first time, we look forward to welcoming you!
What should I (and my children) wear?
We want you to be comfortable. Jeans and shorts are welcome, as is your Sunday best. Shirts and shoes are required, but otherwise we do not have a dress code.
What time should we arrive?
Our Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. but we encourage you to come a bit earlier.
Our Greeters arrive at 10:00 a.m. to begin welcoming arrivals. At our Welcome Table inside the front door, visitors will be invited to make a stick-on name tag and complete a guest registry form, either at the table or online. We will show you and your children the nursery and classrooms, answer any questions, and provide literature about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation.
Where do I park?
You will find a few parking spaces reserved for Visitors conveniently located opposite our front door. If our parking lot is full there is overflow parking available – just follow the signs.
Is your building wheelchair accessible?
Yes, our building is wheelchair accessible. We are on one level, inside and out. Handicap parking spaces are near the front door.
Is babysitting available?
Yes, our nursery is staffed with two babysitters for children under four years of age. We also have a “wiggle room” at the rear of the sanctuary where you can sit with a baby while seeing and hearing the worship service.
Is there child care or Sunday school during the service?
Yes, children of visitors are very welcome in our religious education classrooms. The children begin the worship service seated with their family, then leave for classes after the Time for All Ages early in the service. Classes are dismissed when the worship service ends at 11:30 and the children join everyone for refreshments and fellowship.
What about welcoming LGBTQIA individuals?
Yes, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual – whatever your gender identity, gender expression, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, family or relationship structure, you can be at home here. We welcome and affirm each person as an individual.
What about Christians or other faiths?
Yes, we have both present and former Protestant and Catholic Christians as well as Buddhists, Jews, Mormons, Bahai’i, agnostics, atheists, humanists, philosophers and more. We welcome people from all religious backgrounds and beliefs. We have a Christian Fellowship group that meets regularly to discuss issues from a Christian perspective. We have many multifaith families.
Are there Pagans at your church?
Yes, our church has an Affinity Group called Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) who meet regularly for fellowship and rituals.
What goes on during your Sunday worship service?
We are a lay-led congregation. Each week a different speaker presents a thought-provoking and inspiring topic. Throughout the year speakers may include Unitarian Universalist ministers, Jewish rabbis, Buddhist or Bahai’i leaders, college professors, and members of our own congregation. The format for most worship services stays the same, including uplifting music, spiritual readings, brief sharing of personal joys and concerns, and collecting the offering. One Sunday isn’t enough to grasp the full nature of our church.
Visitors are welcomed at the beginning of the service and invited to introduce themselves if they are comfortable doing so.
What about religious holidays and rituals?
We have a year-long liturgical calendar for worship services that recognizes many of the holidays and holy days of major world religions, often with an appropriate speaker. Two of our special Unitarian Universalist rituals are Water Sharing, a homecoming celebration the first Sunday after Labor Day, and Flower Communion that takes place on Easter Sunday. We also have a traditional Christmas Eve service of music and readings.
In addition to our regular worship services, we hold special ceremonies for life milestones such as child dedication (birth), bridging (completing high school), marriage (including same sex couples), and celebration of life (death).
I’m curious about UU, where can I learn more about UU and BBUUC?
UUA.org will take you to information about our denomination. BBUUC provides a monthly e-newsletter, The Journey and regularly scheduled “Learn About Us” Classes. Click here to fill out a Guest Registry and we will send you more information.
I’m ready to take the “Learn About Us” Classes, where do I register?
Click here to register for our Learn About Us Classes.
You will be joining us on a journey to learn about the Unitarian Universalist faith and Buckman Bridge UU Church. After you take the classes, you will decide whether membership is right for you. You may decide to join right away, to become an Active Non-Member or to delay becoming a Member. We support you in whatever decision you make. We do hope you will make a commitment to join us. It is very rewarding!
What if I have more questions?
Please contact our Membership Chair, Julie Smithers at email@example.com