Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of Lafayette, La
We are a Welcoming Congregation


What to Expect on Your First Visit


Visiting a new church or trying a new or different religion can make one uneasy or anxious. Here is some information about what to expect when you visit our congregation. We hope we will help you to feel more comfortable.

Come as You Are

When preparing to come to a service for the first time, feel free to come as you are most comfortable. Some people come each week dressed up and more formal, while most others are quite casual. This "come as you are" atmosphere extends beyond mere clothing and other adornments. We welcome all seekers regardless of any prior religious affiliation (or none as the case may be).

Arrival and ParkingCite' des Arts

On Sunday morning there is parking in our lot or on the street next to Camilia House. Although the main service does not start until 10:30 am, many people arrive early. The doors are usually open by 10:10 am.

The main entry is on the side of the building, look for the red banner. One or more greeters will welcome you as you enter. You will be invited to make a name tag. Informational pamphlets and other reading materials about the church and Unitarianism are available at the door. The greeters will talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

The Service

Gathering music plays as people gather and seat themselves. The service begins at 10:30. Early in the service, all are welcomed and visitors have an opportunity, if they wish, to introduce themselves. Announcements are made.

Our service begins with the lighting of a chalice, the primary symbol of Unitarian Universalism, while a reading takes place. Everyone joins in singing a hymn. There is often a story for all ages, where children are invited to come forward to participate. The children leave for religious education class as the congregation sings them out.

The service is sometimes led by Fellowship members or by invited speakers. The topics of our presentations vary widely. Check our calendar and newsletter for the service topics.

Other activities that occur may during services include: singing hymns, special music, readings, receiving of an offering, and meditation, silent reflection or prayer. At times, we also offer space for recognizing the Joys and Concerns of our members, friends, and visitors. People may light a candle and share their joy or concern with the congregation.

At the end of the service, children are dismissed from their religious education class to join in forming a circle and singing our closing. The words of the closing song are printed in the order -of-service.

After the Service

Immediately after the service we gather for refreshments and fellowship. This is a time of lively conversation, sharing and getting to know each other.

We encourage visitors to sign the visitor book. If you wish to receive emails of our monthly newsletter, please give us your email address.

Most people leave by noon. Some member and guest get together for lunch at various local restaurants following the service. New visitors are especially encouraged to join in. On the first Sunday, we have a potluck an Camelia House instead.

 

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Updated 8/29/2017