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Church Worship Services

 

SUNDAY AT A GLANCE

 

Hearing impaired? We are Hearing Loop equipped.  We also have an enhanced hearing section inside our Octagon Sanctuary. 

Visually impaired? We offer large print Orders of Service and Hymns. We also project the service and hymn on a large screen.

Child Care is available starting at 10:00 am.

 

Sunday Service

Worship Services are led by our minister, worship associates and periodically by guest speakers. The best way to get to know Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater (UUC) is to attend one of our regular worship services. Although worship at UUC is not bound by a specific set of liturgical conventions, each service tends to have a particular theme which is expanded in the reflections and echoed by hymns, readings, meditations and music. At UUC you will find opportunities to explore spiritual alternatives, encounter wisdom from the world's great sacred and secular traditions, hear inspiring music, deepen your spiritual understanding, further your understanding of the intimate and ultimate questions of life, and connect with kindred spirits.

 

UUC is a welcoming congregation. Please join us for services, or email us for more information.

 

Children (Pre-K - 6th Grade) 

Every Sunday children and youth usually attend the beginning of the worship service in the Sanctuary with their families at 10:30 where they can participate with the rest of the congregation in lighting the chalice, singing hymns, and hearing a story in keeping with the day’s theme before going to their classes. Childcare for infants and toddlers is available during the worship service. Email us for more information about our RE programs and child care.

 

Youth (Grades 7th-12th)

They meet from 12-2pm on Sundays in the Gandhi Room. The youth take part in governance and Social Justice activities here at UUC, as well as in the wider community.

 Email the Director of Religious Education, or click here for more information.

 

Open Issues

The Open Issues Forum meets almost every Sunday at 9:30 am in the Social Hall Patio Room. This Forum provides a safe space for conversations about topics of interest, often contentious topics. We are not a departing society; our goal is to learn more than we think we know. Email the Open Issues Chair, or visit our blog for this coming week's topic.

 

Exhale!

A gathering for sitting and moving mindfulness led by Rev. Patrice and Lay Leaders the third Wednesday of each month from 6:15 pm to 6:45 pm in the Octagon Sanctuary. Prior to the Exhale! gathering, there is a Soup Supper in the Social Hall from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm that everyone is welcome to join. Bring a crock pot of your favorite soup to share and your own bowl, or volunteer to help with cleanup.

 

Weddings

Certain legal requirements are satisfied when a couple is joined in wedlock by a Unitarian Universalist minister. A license must be procured from the County Clerk's office within a month of the ceremony, which must be duly signed and witnessed. At the very least, the law requires that an oral vow or oath also be exchanged by the couple. Yet a wedding ought to accomplish more than merely fulfilling the letter of the law. Equally important is that the couple recognize the spiritual dimension of this covenant and that they cherish the memory of the wedding day for the rest of their lives.

 

Couples seek out a Unitarian Universalist community to be married for many reasons:

1. We are more open and flexible about the design of the ceremony;
2. We will perform ceremonies for couples from different faith traditions;
3. Membership in our congregation is not required in order to be married by our clergy;
4. UU ministers often are willing to officiate "off-site" - in parks, private homes, and other venues;
5. We do not stigmatize couples who have been cohabiting prior to marriage, or because one or both parties have been married previously;
6. We are a "Welcoming Congregation" and perform marriages for gay and lesbian couples. Email our Events Coordinator for more information. Visit our Facility Rental page.

 

Child Dedications

Rather than holding Christian-style baptisms, most Unitarian Universalist congregations have child dedication ceremonies for infants, young adopted children, or young children whose families have recently joined the congregation.

 

Child dedication ceremonies are usually crafted by the parents and the minister working closely together.

Many ceremonies will include the following elements:

 

A blessing for the new life of the child

An expression of the parent or parents hopes for the child

A promise by the congregation to support and nurture the child in its spiritual life

 

For more information about having your child dedicated to our faith, please contact us.

 

Adults are not required to be or become baptized when joining the Unitarian Universalist faith. To learn more about Unitarian Universalist beliefs, please visit our Vision & Mission page.

 

Celebration of Life

Services to honor loved ones who have passed on are often very personal occasions. In Unitarian Universalist congregations, these services are developed by the family of the deceased and the presiding minister to specially honor the memory of that individual. 

 

The service might include the following elements:

    •    A time to remember the deceased with a story or anecdote
    •    Hymn singing or other music
    •    A time for personal reflection

 

If you would like to have a Unitarian Universalist minister preside over a funeral, or other memorial service, please email us.

 

 

 

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