Special Worship Services

Music Sundays

Twice yearly, in November and May, our Music program presents a large choral work with orchestra, the loft choir, and guest musicians. Watch bulletins and announcements from the church during the year for details.

Bread Communion

This is an autumn version of our Flower Communion. The congregation is invited to bring unsliced loaves of bread (homemade or not), to be blessed during the service and shared during each coffee hour. This community building service is held the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Read more about it here.

Christmas Services

University Unitarian Church offers 3 services in recognition of Christmas and the holiday season that are special occasions for adults and children;

  • The Family Holiday Services at 9:30 and 11:15 usually the Sunday before Christmas. These services are fun and chaotic for all ages! They include a participative Nativity tableau, child dedication and lots of wonderful music.
  • The Family Candlelight Service takes place on the evening of December 23rd. It is a lovely service which incorporates many readings by children and adults of all ages. The service is followed by a festive cookie reception.
  • The Christmas Eve Candlelight Services are always at 9:00 and 11:00 pm on December 24th. These services are beautiful and tranquil, incorporating candlelight and stillness with readings and evocative Christmas choral music.  There is also a Christmas Carol sing-a-long beginning about 20 minutes prior to each of these services. On Christmas Eve, there is no coffee hour or reception after the services.

Maundy Thursday

This is a special service that we offer in the week prior to Easter, with communion and quiet reflection.

Spring Services Led By Our Youth

  • Our high school youth lead both Sunday services that include music and often a clever and eye-opening activity, as well as the wisdom of youth. These services usually take place sometime in February and are always joyful and up-beat!
  • The Coming-of-Age Services are always surprising and inspiring!  The services are led by our 9th grade youth at the completion of their year-long Coming of Age Program, in which they each read their own faith statements.

Flower Communion

Everyone brings a flower to share. We also honor our graduates, and dedicate babies and children. It’s a busy and fun-filled service that marks the end of our regular church year. It occurs on the last two-service Sunday before summer, usually the first Sunday in June. Flower Communion

Bridging Ceremony

Our annual bridging ceremony, at Flower Communion in June, celebrates our high school seniors as they “bridge” from youth to young adulthood.

Bridging High School Seniors, June 2016

Child Dedication Ceremony

We offer two child dedication ceremonies during the church year – the Family Holiday service in December, and Flower Communion in June. This is a lovely ceremony to welcome your child into the church community. Traditionally this ceremony is done with little ones, but we welcome children up to age 18 to be dedicated.

Child Dedication Ceremony, 2016