As a visitor to our church you may have questions about what worship will be like. We understand, because most of us were once visitors just like you and we’ve been in your shoes! So, here are some answers to commonly asked questions that we hope will set your mind at ease.
What time should I arrive?Currently, we have one service that begins at 10:30 am.
Arriving about ten or fifteen minutes before the service will give you time to stop in our welcoming Gathering Area to be greeted. We do not require you to do this of course, but we love the opportunity to make our visitors feel welcome in our home.
Where do I park?
Look for our special First-Time Visitor parking spots in the main parking lot on the north side of the building (next to the railroad tracks). These spots will be identified with upright signs.
Do I need to make a reservation or sign up?
No, you do not need to make a reservation or sign up in advance to attend service with us. Everyone is welcome! Please feel free to stop at out Welcome Area in the foyer for a name tag and a visitor packet. After the service, please stop at the Visitor Table to learn more about our church community and, if you would like to receive our weekly email of church events, you can give us your contact information.
(Click here for more information about membership.)
What should I wear?
Most of our members and friends come to church dressed casually like a casual day at work. Jeans and shorts are welcome too. So are skirts and jackets. Whatever makes you feel comfortable is what we suggest you wear. Sure, we have folks who like to wear their finer clothes on Sunday but also quite a few may be dressed to run off to the soccer field right after the service. Please plan on being comfortable… and yourself.
What will the service be like?
While services at our church may differ in some ways week to week, there are some consistent elements. We begin with a few announcements about the upcoming activities within the church. This is usually followed by opening words, poetry or a reading that begins the process of centering us around the message for that week.
At the beginning of our service the congregation will recite our affirmation in unison. This affirmation is our shared understanding of how we will be together in community. Click here to read our Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church affirmation which you will find on the right hand side of the About Us page.
Music plays a prominent part in worship and may include guest musicians, our adult or youth choirs, member soloists or groups, and congregational singing using our hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition. We hope you will join us in song!
Toward the beginning of the service is our Time for All Ages. This is when our children are invited to sit with the minister or worship leader as he or she shares a story with the children that provides a child friendly tie-in to our worship message.
Next, there is a time in the worship service when personal Joys and Concerns are spoken and candles lit. These are deeply personal events that need to marked, celebrated, shared or grieved. This is followed by words of centering and a time of silent meditation.
The center of the worship service is the sermon. The sermon allows the minister or the worship leader to fully develop the theme of the weekly message. You are invited to read some of the sermons delivered by our minister, Rev. Benjamin Maucere, just click here. Additionally, you might like to plan your visit by reading about our upcoming sermon topics.
What about my children?
After our Time for All Ages, our children are escorted by adult volunteers or staff to their religious education classes. Or, if you prefer, they may remain with you for the entire service. If at any time your children become too restless, you may move to the Saeger Room where you can both view and hear the service through our A/V system.
We have professionally staffed nursery, toddler and preschool rooms. If you would prefer to take your baby or toddler to one of these rooms before the worship service begins, you are welcome to do so. Be sure to check in at our Welcome Table and let us know the names and ages of your children.
To learn more about our religious education classes for children, please click here.
How will I meet people?
We enjoy coffee or tea, snacks and conversation in our Fellowship Hall following services. After the service ends, we invite you to join us for fellowship. This is the time when you will be able to see what makes our church truly wonderful, it’s people!
Community and connecting with each other is at the heart of our congregation. Be prepared to be welcomed as our members greet you, and want to learn how you came to be among us on that Sunday. This is also your chance to ask questions of us, we are happy to share what we love about our faith home!
We look forward to meeting you!