Our Sunday Morning Service is a time for letting your guard down, for comfort, for challenge, for compassion, for gratitude. Worship is a time to re-center around that which is of ultimate worth, whether that is to commune with the divine, to be reminded of one's sacred values, or to refocus on the human power to make good choices.
Oh, by the way, the word "worship" emphasizes the importance of your own articulation of the sacred . It's meaning derives from the old English terms, woerth + scipe, meaning "to consider things worthy." Yes, the word "Worship" encompasses a full range of philosophies and theologies. A typical service includes thoughtful readings, musical performances, singing together and a sermon by our minister. Our services are respectful of our Christian and Jewish heritage, but also cherish the inclusion of eastern, earth-centered and humanist traditions. Every Sunday after the service, we gather for coffee and snacks with good friends in Hobart Social Hall. Childcare is provided until 1pm on Sundays. Won't you join us?
During this time of pandemic, our campus is closed to in person services. We invite you to join us virtually on Sunday morning at 10:30 am at this link.
Our minister and others in our pulpit celebrate our diversity of theology, as well as our common values and principles. You won't hear talk about creeds or doctrines. Instead you'll hear messages that provoke thought, give hope, and encourage compassion and inclusiveness. You'll hear that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves.
Dress however you're most comfortable.
Park in either our west or east parking lots and proceed to the William Miller Sanctuary; follow the signs. Enter through the center doors. Look for our Greeters in the Narthex (lobby). They'll welcome you, give you materials, provide a visitor nametag (if you want to wear one) and usher you into the Sanctuary. You may sit wherever you would feel comfortable to enjoy the Service. Plan to get there about 10 minutes early.
We begin our Sunday mornings by attending worship together. The first part of our service will be all-age friendly. After the Story for all Ages the children leave for their classrooms. A parent or guardian will accompany them. Children reluctant to leave their parents are invited to stay in the sanctuary. There will be a table in the back of the sanctuary where you will find coloring pages, books and manipulatives if your child is restless during the service.
We have three rooms dedicated to our children. The Wiggle Room for babies and toddlers, the Chalice Children Room for Preschool and Kindergarten children and the Widening Circle Room for elementary age children. Youth in grades 7 through 12 are welcome in our sanctuary with their parents. Older youth are welcome to help out with the young ones and we welcome them. When we have enough youth, we will start a new youth group program.
Children will be picked up by their parents or guardians when the service ends. Following service we hope you join us in Hobart Hall with your children. There will be healthy snacks available and a table set up just for them. We will also have a cart set up with toys, puzzles, games, books including coloring books. Parents can keep their eyes on their children at the table if they choose to socialize. We also have a playground for children. Our safety policy states that our young children must be supervised. At least one or two parents should be in the playground when the children are playing.
The Sunday Morning Humanist Forum meets every Sunday morning before worship service at 9:15 a.m. in Hobart Hall to explore a wide variety of topics. Also check out our groups and activities.