1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of the Palm Beaches
635 Prosperity Farms Rd.   
North Palm Beach, FL   33408
   

What to expect at a Sunday service.

WELCOME!
We do our best to make our visitors feel welcome and comfortable, not only during the service, but afterwards during our coffee hour in Ministers' Hall, the south building.

We have a newcomer's table where you will find friendly folks waiting to welcome you and answer your questions, as well as printed materials to take home for more in-depth exploration.
Sunday services are held at 10:30 AM year 'round in our sanctuary - the north building. Services are led by our minister, the Rev. CJ McGregor and lay leaders from the congregation and exciting speakers from our community. You can access our calendar or visit our newsletter on this site to view the worship schedule.

Most services are traditional but, as is fitting for our liberal tradition, they are not ceremonial. They feel familiar to those who come from more conventional faith traditions, yet altogether different as well, warm and friendly and often laced with humor. Our minister and other presenters strive to offer spiritual concepts to help you in your daily life. After the service, there is a chance to socialize over coffee and light refreshments.

Children from kindergarten and older attend the first fifteen minutes of the service about once a month, which includes a story or message for all ages. The children are then dismissed to attend Religious Education classes while the service continues. Preschool children attend Religious Education classes during the entire service, and a nursery is available in the RE department for infants and toddlers. We have a vibrant and active Youth Group for youth ages 14-18 who meet on Sundays from 10:45 a.m-12:15 p.m.

  • After you are greeted in the Narthex (the entrance hall to the sanctuary) you will be given an order of service. You may sit anywhere you please. Before the service begins, there is a normal bustle and murmur of conversation.
  • At 10:30, a chime in the pulpit is struck signalling that the service is about to begin. The service leader begins the service by greeting everyone and making a few brief announcements.
  • The service begins with a musical prelude; the minister offers opening words and lights a chalice at the front of the sanctuary, a ritual common to contemporary Unitarian Universalist congregations. The chalice lighting is accompanied by a recitation of words printed in the order of service.
  • Then comes the first of the two or three hymns, sung standing by those who are able.
  • When children attend the first part of the service, there is usually a story or message for all ages, after which the children leave for Religious Education classes.
  • The order of service elements may vary week to week, but there will almost always be a prayer or meditation, before or after a time of silence; a choir anthem, the offertory, the opportunity to light a candle on the table to the right of the pulpit, often a reading, a sermon which usually lasts about twenty minutes, and then the final hymn, the closing words or benediction, the extinguishing of the chalice flame, and a postlude. To get a sense of some typical sermons, visit the Sermon Archive.
  • In our congregation, it is customary to remain seated during the postlude .
  • After the service, there is a chance to socialize in our social hall over coffee and light refreshments, leaving the sanctuary by the doors to the right and left at the south side of the building.
  • In the summer, services are lay-led and also take place in the sanctuary. They begin at 10:30, and are followed by socializing. The structure varies week to week, but is generally informal.

What to Wear on Sunday Morning
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in at a Sunday service. You will see a wide variety of dress. There is no way to get this wrong. Come as you are.
We hope you will join us!