First-Time Visitors

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Welcome!

Attending our worship services is a great way to begin to learn about us. We hold Sunday services at 9:15am and 11:15am, from the weekend after Labor Day until the first weekend in June.

Starting in June, and lasting through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, we hold one Sunday service a week at 10am.

Please join us for a social hour following the service—across the foyer from our Sanctuary in Sandburg Hall.

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered at the same time as the worship services. Click here to learn more about our Sunday morning classes for children and youth, noting that classes for 6th graders and older are only offered during the 11:15am service.

For more information about what we believe as Unitarian Universalists, click here.

What to Wear

First-time visitors often wonder what to wear when they visit our congregation. At our regular Sunday services, you’ll see people in a wide range of clothing choices, from “Sunday best” to very casual attire; please wear what helps you feel most comfortable. After all, this is Asheville!

What to Expect

We know that it can be difficult to come into a large group not knowing anyone or how things are done. We want you to feel comfortable and welcome here. Our Sunday services begin at 9:15am and 11:15am on the Sundays between Labor Day and the first Sunday in June. We hold a single service during the summer starting at 10am (June through the first Sunday in September).  We have very limited parking so be sure to come early–most congregants park on the street.

Before the service

When you enter the foyer, please stop at the Welcome Table to say hello and get a name tag. The person staffing the table will be able to answer your questions about Unitarian Universalism and this congregation.  People of all ages attend the first 15-20 minutes of our worship services, and then, when directed, children and teachers in our religious education classes leave for their classrooms.

Your children are welcome to stay with you in the Sanctuary or they can join the children and youth for classes during the school year: 9:15-10:30am or 11:15am-12:30pm, (first Sunday in June-through Labor Day weekend just one service: 10-11:15am).

Nursery and childcare for those too young for our Religious Education program are provided during Sunday services. 

Families of children who will join RE programming should be sure to check in at the Welcome Table and learn the procedures for signing in and registering children and youth.   

If your child has special needs, please contact the Lifespan Religious Coordinator before your visit so we can ensure your child’s inclusion and safety as much as possible.

As you enter the Sanctuary, you will receive an Order of Service that includes announcements for the upcoming week. There is additional information in a rack in the foyer across from the Welcome Table. Feel free to take any pamphlets of interest.

During the service

Our services start with a Time for All Ages, when everyone is in the service together.  Near the ending of the service, you will have an opportunity, if you wish, to stand and introduce yourself. This helps us identify you so we may greet you after the service. Our service generally consists of music, readings, meditation, a sermon, offertory and candle lighting to express a concern or joy. On some Sundays we have a guest speaker and/or a lay-led service.

If you should arrive after the service has begun, you may be asked to remain in the foyer for a few minutes and may join the service when directed by an usher.

After the service

Many in the congregation move across the foyer to Sandburg Hall to have coffee, talk with friends, visit tables presenting various activities of the church, and read bulletin boards.  If you have any questions, people will again be available at the Welcome Table to help answer them and help you get connected to our faith community.  There are also various members who wear “Ask Me” buttons, and so you are encouraged to ask them if there’s a line at the Welcome Table.

We’re glad you’re thinking about visiting us.  We’d love to see you!

Enroll your children in  Religious Education.

Registration materials are available online or at the RE Welcome Table downstairs.

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