Frequently Asked Questions
Some frequently asked questions our visitors and friends have asked us about Unitarian Universalism and about First Church Leominster Unitarian Universalist
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Q: What door do I use to enter the church?
A: The best door to use for the church is the door facing the West St. parking lot, under the portico. When you enter, you can go up the stairs to the left to the sanctuary or down the stairs and to the right for the church office.
Q: What is a typical service like at First Church?
A: Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multi-generational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for sharing the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
More information can be found here at What to Expect During a Service
Q: You have described your congregation as a lay-led congregation, what does that mean?
A: Currently, we do not have a professional minister as part of our leadership model. We choose to minister to one another and work to develop our own visions of spirituality. We are a community of seekers exploring the big questions in life and we choose to make this journey as a congregation, together.
Q: How many members do you have?
A: We are a small family-sized congregation of about 40 members and growing. A typical Sunday morning attendance is between 25 – 30.
Q: What will my children do during the morning service?
A: We currently have supervised childcare available during the services where children can socialize, play and have fun. We currently do not have an ongoing religious education program.
Q: Why do Unitarian Universalist churches close in the summer?
A: It seems to be an age-old tradition that the churches closed so that the congregation and ministers could go out and enjoy some rest and relaxation in the summer and have time for personal reflection. First Church Leominster honors the tradition for a summer break for these reasons and also because the sanctuary is a pretty hot place in the summer!
Q: I am getting married, can I use the church for my wedding?
A: Congratulations! Of course, we’d be honored to be part of your special day. Please contact our church administrator for more information about scheduling. You can find some information about weddings at the church here.
Q: How can I reach the church office?
A: You can call 978 537-0310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office team will get back to you as soon as possible.