We warmly welcome you to Sunday worship services. Everyone is invited to join us.
Our Sunday worship services are at 10:00am both in person in the Chapel and available (real-time and archived) on Youtube.
What to Expect at Sunday Services
Worship services are currently being held on Sundays at 10:00am, both in-person in our Meeting House and live-streamed to Youtube. Worship services include elements such as a sermon, hymns, readings, time for reflection, music, and an offering. Our minister is in the pulpit about three times per month, except for summer months when they are off for vacation and study break. When the minister is not present, we have guest speakers which may include guest ministers and lay speakers. Worship services are approximately an hour in length. You can listen to or watch some of the recent services online.
Worship services offer spiritual experience, while also engaging intellectual ideas. The first part of worship usually includes welcoming words, a hymn, and a musical piece. Sometimes we add creative elements such as dramatic readings, liturgical dance or poetry.
Some services, such as those before the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter holidays, are Multi-generational. Everyone – adults and children – worship together for the entire service.
Music During Services
All of our services have a strong musical presence through our choir and guest musicians. It is common to also have our own talented community members provide music at worship services. MVUC members include several talented original composers as well as several professional and semi-professional musicians. We are very proud of the beautiful music made possible by our Music Director, Mark Zimmerman, and Pianist Ria Yang.
What To Wear
Please dress comfortably. People dress in everything from weekend casual wear to suits. Children often spend some time outside for their classes, so please make sure they are dressed for the current weather.
What to Do When You Arrive
Services are held in the Meeting House. Please stop inside the main entrance at our Welcome Table in the Commons for a name tag and visitor information. Our Welcome Team is happy to assist you and your family with finding your way around, identifying classes for your children, meeting others, and answering your questions.
How Children and Youth Participate
Children and youth are welcome to attend worship with their parents or check out our children and youth religious education options. In addition, we have professionally staffed nursery care available for children through 3 years old. Your baby is welcome in the service with you or, if you prefer, you may sit with them by the fireplace in the Commons and still be able to hear the service.
Welcome and Accommodations
We strive to be welcoming of all. The building is handicapped accessible and hearing enhancement devices are available. If you or your child has a unique special need or learning difference, you may want to call or email our Director of Lifespan Spiritual Growth (firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance so we can offer appropriate support.
After services is a coffee hour with refreshments and conversation. We welcome you to relax in our Commons or outside on the Terrace and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, and a wide selection of beverages and foods to enjoy.
Education, Lifespan Spiritual Growth, and Worship
Lifespan Spiritual Growth participates in worship at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in many ways and leads several worship services throughout the year on the theme of learning. These include the Youth Service presented by our high schoolers, a Coming of Age service presented by middle schoolers, and a service led by the Lifespan Spiritual Growth Council.
Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church considers participation in worship an experience in spiritual growth. For this reason, families, youth and children are often involved in presenting stories, doing readings, lighting the chalice, participating in the music portions of the services and in almost any other way you can think of.
In addition, life milestones are occasionally recognized with certain rituals during the worship service.
We look forward to having you join us!