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FAQs

Whether you come to visit once or stay for a lifetime of religious growth and fellowship, First Unitarian Church of Richmond may have a place for you. Ours is a liberal, locally governed congregation in association with the churches of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

  1. Nu Beginnings ChoirWhat does a typical worship service look like?
  2. What is the Adult Enrichment Program
  3. What is the Vespers service on Wednesdays?
  4. What happens after church?
  5. How do I find the church?
  6. What do adults wear?
  7. What do children wear?
  8. May our child stay with us during the service?
  9. What do children do during the worship service?
  10. Do I have to check in at the visitor’s table?
  11. What is religious education?
  12. Is your church accessible to people in wheelchairs?
  13. Do you have services for the hearing impaired?
  14. Will I be welcome?
  15. Will I be pressured to join or to be saved?
  16. Does your congregation have diverse beliefs?
  17. How can an agnostic go to church?
  18. What does your church look like?
  19. How do I become a member?

What does a typical worship service look like?
Sunday worship is a comprised of a time-tested series of readings, musical selections, hymns, and other elements selected for their harmony, instructional qualities, inspirational value, beauty, and dignity.

A typical service might look like this:

Welcome Words of welcome and special announcements offered by the Worship Associate.
Prelude An opening musical introduction to the service.
Opening Words Reflective words, from a variety of sources.
Hymn Congregation sings from the hymnal.
Lighting of the Chalice The chalice is lit to reflective words from the pulpit.
Music We often have a special performance, or the choir will sing.
Meditative Reading Another reading.
Silent Meditation A few moments of contemplative and silent thought.
Music More music from our special guest or choir.
Sermon Words from our minister or special guest.
Offertory We ask time to give back to the church.
Closing Words The Minister or Worship Associate will read final words.
Postlude The congregation sings as the Minister exits.

What is the Adult Enrichment Program?
We offer adult religious education opportunities throughout the year.  The classes are taught by our ministers and/or lay leaders and include a variety of topics.

What is the Vespers service on Wednesdays?
Vespers are a shorter, more contemplative service offered on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. The service lasts one half-hour. A typical Vespers service includes:

Gathering Music Music to open the service.
Opening Words Words of reflection.
Song The congregation sings a selected hymn.
Meditation Reading A reading is presented to introduce the meditation time.
Silent Meditation A longer period of contemplative and silent thought.
Musical Response Recorded music is played or the attendees will sing.
Closing Words Sometimes responsive, sometimes not, words to close the evening service.
Postlude Closing music.

What happens after church?
We have a coffee hour between services (10-10:45 a.m.) Please stop in!

How do I find the church?
We are located in Byrd Park, across from the Carillon. Get directions to our church at 1000 Blanton Avenue, Richmond Va., 23221.

What do adults wear?
You are welcome to wear whatever is comfortable for you. Members often describe the dress code as “business casual,” but some people wear their “Sunday Best,” and many wear jeans.

What do children wear?
Children should wear comfortable clothes. They may spend time playing on the carpeted floor,  with art supplies or go outside.

May our child stay with us during the service?
Children are invited to attend our Religious Education classes (grades K-12) or stay in the nursery (age 0-3), which are held during the worship hour. But if your family prefers, children are welcome to sit with their parents during worship.

What do children do during the worship service?
Children in the nursery experience guided play. There is a brief children’s worship time in the Religious Education area of the church for younger students, followed by classroom time with age appropriate curricula and activities. Older students are offered the same.

Do I have to check in at the visitor’s table?
Our Visitor’s Table offers information about who we are and how you can learn more about us. Pick up a nametag, and fill out a visitor card.

What is religious education?
Our Religious Education program is for parents and other adults who wish to enter with children and young adults on a journey of religious growth and learning. The nursery is also managed by our RE program.

Is your church accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Yes.

Do you have services for the hearing impaired?
Hearing aids are available in the sound booth before the Service and may be used anywhere in the Sanctuary.

Will I be welcome?
Yes. Ours is a welcoming congregation, open to people no matter their race, religion, creed, color, capability, or sexual orientation. We will welcome you.

Will I be pressured to join or to be saved?
No. We will welcome you at the door. We invite you to learn more about our faith.

Does your congregation have diverse beliefs?
Some of us are agnostics or atheists. Some of us believe in an earth-based spirituality. Some of us are Buddhists. We all believe in the search for truth and a deeper meaning in life. We invite you to learn more about our beliefs.

How can an agnostic (atheist, humanist…) go to church?
By private automobile, bicycle, public transportation or on foot! We give people a place to explore and grow spiritually, even if they grow in different directions.

What does your church look like?
Our church was designed and built in the 1970s by a world renowned architect. Our unique and modern design, located next to one of Richmond’s greatest landmarks (The Carillon) give us prominent placement in local history.

How do I become a member?
You are encouraged to visit the Visitors table and pick up an information packet. Dates for new member programming are included.

Source: Ted Pack, Unitarian Universalist of Stanislaus County FAQ 

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