Worship at UUCB
UUCB holds two worship services most Sundays, at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. During the summer and for some holidays weekends, there is one worship service, at 11:15 a.m. Our two worship services have different characters: the early service is smaller, takes place on the chancel at the front of the sanctuary and is more contemplative. It often features time for sharing thoughts, simple readings, a time of singing together, and ample silence. The later service is much larger, and features a more energetic, celebratory feeling. It also usually features our outstanding choir and organ.
When you arrive at UUCB, you will be warmly greeted by our welcome team. Please sign in at the Welcome Table, so that we know you are with us. You’ll have a nametag waiting for you at your next visit. There is coffee and tea in the Social Hall.
Families are particularly encouraged to visit the Family Welcome Table, where they will find information about our programs for children and families.
Early in the worship service there is a story time, which children are encouraged to come forward to hear. After the story, the congregration sings to accompany the children on their journey out of the Sanctuary to meet their religious education teachers, who escort them to Religious Education Classes. Parents usually come along on their first visit to see where the classrooms are, and where to pick up their children right after the service ends.
A Typical Worship Service
A typical Sunday worship will include most of the following elements:
Music (organ, piano, guitar or other instruments) Find out more about UUCB’s rich music program here.
Lighting the Chalice
Time for All Ages
Continuing the Journey (a reflection from a member of the congregation on the monthly worship theme)
Music (organ, piano and/or choir)
Sermon (Hear and read samples of past sermons here.)
Music can be especially diverse with a variety of instruments being heard and a range of musical influences and styles. Classical and traditional “church music” is augmented by popular music, spirituals, chants, etc.
Different Kinds of Worship
There are also different kinds of worship. At least 5-6 times a year on Sundays there are intergenerational worship services where the children and youth stay for the whole service and we explore themes and stories that span the generational spectrum. Several times a year we have music services where the choir and a variety of ensembles and soloists are highlighted to convey a worshipful theme.
Also, between September (Sunday after Labor Day) and May (Sunday before Memorial Day) we have Thursday evening Vespers service which is a quieter and more intimate worship service that has a much simpler liturgy (music, singing, stories, and silence).
Themes in Worship
Sunday worship services follow broadly around monthly themes. The reason for this is so that a variety of programs throughout the church can plan, prepare and present different ideas on a common theme and encourage broader conversations. For instance, a theme that is covered in Sunday morning worship with adults and in Religious Education with children and youth as well as in adult education classes and in Vespers will help stimulate a broader exploration that takes on a life of its own. UUCB does not expect that all the spiritual learning comes from only one part of the church. Themes for the 2016-2017 year include Covenant, Presence, Prophecy, Risk, Transformation, Embodiment, and Zest.