- Will I fit in? First of all: No, we won't raise an eyebrow just because you show up - no matter what anyone else may have told you. We get that a lot at United Christian. We specialize in "first-in-a-long-time-if-ever" church-goers. Take a deep breath... When we say "All are welcome," we mean it: all. Straight, gay, richer, poorer, white, black, cisgender, transgender, etc. etc. That means you may see same-sex couples holding hands in the pews. We are ALL family.
- What should I wear? We believe it's possible to be serious about our faith and informal in our approach. No jacket necessary. Jeans are okay. You may spot a tattoo or blue hair. If your child insists on pajamas or a ripped princess costume, it wouldn't be the first time.
- What do I do with my kids? Children are welcome in worship. We believe children aren't the future of the church; they're the church right now. We also know they wiggle and laugh and drop things. No biggie. There's even a special time just for kids in our services. Nursery care is on hold during worship is on hold right now due to Covid-19 concerns, but we're working to get it back and we have fun outdoor activities planned for kids weather permitting.
- What are your current Covid-19 safety practices? In short, right now we're going to you to mask, sanitize your hands, answer screening questions, and promote social distancing indoors. We're also taking extra precautions to keep our children safe. To read our full document containing all of our current Covid-19 safety practices and guidelines, can click this link.
- What are your worship services like?
- We won't tell you who to vote for, but we are going to talk about real life and current events. That's where the rubber meets the road in our faith.
- We celebrate communion (ie, the eucharist, the Lord's Supper, that thing with the bread and the cup) every Sunday, and you are invited to share, if you want -- whether you've been baptized or not. That table belongs to Jesus, not us, and he's the one who invites you to "taste and see the goodness of God."
- Our worship is liturgical, meaning we celebrate the seasons of the church year from Advent to Lent to Easter to Pentecost, but...
- Expect change. Embrace surprises. Streamers. Contemplative prayer stations. A traditional choir one week and a drum set the next. A skit with children or youth in place of the sermon. You just never know what you may find come Sunday.
- Plan for about an hour but we're follow the Holy Spirit and not the minute hand of the clock. For example, we open up the prayer time for anyone to share they're joys and concerns with the church family, so sometimes there's just more to pray about together, and other times we hit the hour on the nose.
- People will say hello. Just go with it. And while you're at it, slap on a name tag.