Welcome friends and visitors! On behalf of the congregation we are thrilled you are interested in learning more about the Stevens Point Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. If you are looking for a community that helps you grow spiritually, without telling you how to do it, we might be a perfect fit for you. We hope this site will help you get acquainted, but would invite you to visit us for three to four services to get a feel for the variety we offer. There really is no better way to get to know us.
Meanwhile, here are answers to a few questions we’re guessing you might be asking about the Fellowship.
How should I dress?
Please feel free to come as you are most comfortable. Some people come each week in business casual, others are very casual. This “come as you are” atmosphere extends beyond mere clothing, as we welcome all seekers.
Can I bring my children?
Both you and your children are very welcome to our services. If you would like your school aged children to attend Religious Education (RE), it is helpful to come a few minutes before the service so we can connect your family to the RE teacher. Young children and infants may be taken to childcare prior to the service, or they may stay with their parents for part or all of the service. Whatever your family is most comfortable with.
School aged children generally stay with their families for the start of the service, and are dismissed to RE after the story for all ages and children’s sharing of joys and concerns. RE lasts throughout the service hour and children return to the sanctuary for the closing circle.
There is a small parking lot on the west side of our building and street parking is available on either side of Algoma street. There are designated spaces near the front entrance for visitors and those who are less mobile.
All doorways are handicapped accessible. There are no steps in the building, and all areas are accessible within the building. We have accessible bathrooms off of the sanctuary for easy access.
Prior to Service
A greeter will welcome you at the door and ask if you’d like to fill out the visitors registry sheet and/or wear a name tag. Often people will arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to get a cup of coffee and/or socialize. To the left of the entrance is the front reception area where you will find a connections table containing information and brochures, as well as a bulletin board with photos of our board members.
To the right of the entrance is a restroom and the childcare area, and you will find the sanctuary straight ahead. Off of the hallway to the sanctuary is our board room and library, and off of the sanctuary are handicap accessible restrooms, a game room, and a kitchen.
Services are reflective but informal times that allow everyone ample time to participate as they wish. You will be handed an order of service and a hymnal (as needed) as you enter the sanctuary.
Services generally follow the same order: Welcoming and chalice lighting, story for all ages, congregational sharing of joys and concerns, silent meditation, prayer or a reflective hymn, a sermon and time for congregational response. The services are varied in theme and are led by our minister, guest ministers, community leaders or members of our Fellowship.
After the Service
We encourage visitors to stay after the service for coffee and snacks. It is a chance to meet members and friends, ask questions and enjoy continued conversation. Members and friends are happy to meet with you, to share impressions and experiences and to welcome you to a church that encourages each person’s unique spiritual journey. Once a month we have “soup Sunday” which is a pot luck after the service. If you visit on one of these days you are very welcome to stay for lunch.