Thinking about joining us for worship? Great!
Here are some things you can expect...
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.
- 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.
- Children are welcome. 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.
- 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 the sacrament of 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." Also, we always use wine AND juice, out of respect for those living with addictions. Our communion is always gluten-free.
- 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. Pinwheels. A snapping turtle. A work project as a sermon. You just never know what you may find come Sunday.
- We do a lot of singing. Like, a lot. We have a choir, handbell choir, kids playing their instruments, but our focus is helping everyone in the congregation find his or her own voice.
- People will say hello. Just go with it. And while you're at it, go ahead and wear a name tag.