What to Expect
Everyone is welcome at UUG! Our services are on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in our little red church at 136 S. Stratton Street. They last approximately one hour. We hope that you also will stay after the service for our coffee hour or monthly potluck (second Sunday of each month).
- Services are led by our ministers, Rev. Phyllis Hubbell and Rev. John Manwell, as well as by guest speakers, visiting ministers, and our own members.
- We strive for meaningful and creative worship, and you will discover that our services are as diverse as our congregation. We encourage all UUG members and friends to take part in planning and participating in our worship services.
- Childcare is available most Sundays (except in the summer and during other college breaks).
If you need some help with hearing during services – you can use a Walkman or a small portable radio with ear buds or headphones. Tune in to 103.7 FM. You’ll be able to hear what is spoken into the microphone.
The usual elements of a UUG service include
- A chime to bring us into beloved community, followed by a welcome, opening words, musical prelude, and lighting of our chalice. The flaming chalice is our logo and our sacred symbol. Lighting it creates sacred space for worship, meditation, and singing. Here’s more about it.
- A Time for All Ages, after which the children go to a religious education (RE) class when in session. (Currently RE is taught by college students when Gettysburg College is in session.)
- Sharing of joys and sorrows.
- Hymns sung by the congregation.
- Music by the choir (twice each month, with a break in the summer).
- A sermon or talk, or occasionally a more participatory activity.
- An offering.
- We close with a reading, a hymn, and extinguishing the chalice.
- As our closing ritual we join hands and sing the traditional spiritual “Safe Passage.”
What to Wear to a Service?
At UUG, we are interested in You, not your clothes. Some of us choose to dress up for Sunday mornings. Others come in jeans or shorts (depending upon the weather). Just be yourself!