What to Expect in Worship
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Worship at UU Fellowship in Chico combines contemporary and traditional elements, is interactive and casual, and we strive to make all feel welcome and included.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A message presented by a professional minister, a guest speaker, and/or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation and for justice work in the community.
From time to time, services incorporate holiday celebrations, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth concurrent with the Sunday service.