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First Time Visitors

We would love to have you visit us!

On any Sunday morning in the foyer of the Sanctuary, you can find the friendly faces at the Greeter Desk who can help you with a name tag, a newcomer’s packet, and directions around the church.

Worship Times & Religious Education

Visitors, your children are welcome to remain with you in the Sanctuary; however, if they prefer to take part in our children’s programming, please accompany them as they leave the Sanctuary and give our providers contact information before returning to service.

Worship 9:30 am (only during Program Year)

During the First Worship Service, Childcare During Worship is available from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Parents can drop their children off before service begins, or children can attend the first part of service and be escorted to the 1U Assembly Room after Words for All ages. Pickup is immediately after the service.

Worship 11:00 am (year round)

During the 11:00am Worship Service, Children’s Religious Education classes are available from 11:15am to 12:15pm. Children and Youth are invited to attend the first part of service and will be escorted to their classrooms after Words for All Ages. Parents please note that pick up time is 12:15pm.  Service usually ends at 12:00pm, so you will have a little time to socialize before picking up your children promptly at 12:15pm.

Adult Religious Education classes lasting one hour begin at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

Come a bit early to find parking.

You are most welcome any Sunday! But if you want more help to decide what is a extra good Sunday see the Worship Schedule News.  You might also check the dates for the next guest Orientation class if you want to have a deeper look at what we’re about here.

If you have children, you may to come early for Children’s Religious Education for them and Adult Religious Education for you.  There’s also the Wiggle Room, the Nursery, and the Childcare During Worship Program to help your family feel at home here.

After the service, come across the patio to Gore Hall for Social Hour. You can enjoy coffee and conversation in a more social setting, explore the Alliance thrift store, the bookstore table, buy Equal Exchange coffee, or look through our Gore Hall foyer pamphlet caddy.  If you are lost, just ask any church member and we’ll be glad to help you out!

What is appropriate dress for a service?

“Business casual” probably describes it, although you’ll see everything from shorts and jeans to dressier wear. We live in Florida, so be comfortable!

Can children attend the service?

Yes! First Unitarian is family friendly and we always welcome the sight and sounds of our children.  There are many choices for families here.  If you children are happiest with you in the pews, we do have some crayons and coloring pages on request.

We have a vigorous Education program for all ages. Adults have several options while Children’s RE begins at 11:15 am Sunday during the school year. Programs are available for adults and for children in grades PreK – 12th grade during the School Year. Our Director of Religious Education and Children’s RE Committee are on hand to greet you in the school building.

During most Sundays, children join their families for the first part of the worship service, up through the “Words for All Ages” segment.

Most families with elementary school-age children then choose to go to Childcare During Worship.  Guests may walk out with the kids to check in their children and leave contact info with caregivers before returning to the service.

We also have a “Wiggle Room”, where babies or toddlers aged up to 4 years old and their parents might prefer to rock, play, or be fed, while viewing and listening to the service through the window. A Nursery is also available throughout the morning.

We know an hour-long service can be hard on small kids and we want your family to feel most welcome and at ease.

Should I expect to make a donation on my first visit?

Our church depends on the generous contributions of our members and friends. However, all first time visitors are welcome as our guests, and may let the collection basket pass by.

Where can I learn more about Unitarian Universalism in general?

You can read What UUs Believe or go to the website of our national association – Unitarian Universalist Association

Orientation and Membership Workshops
Every Sunday members of the Membership Committee are on hand to greet you and welcome you to First Unitarian before the service and afterwards at Social Hour. You can look for the “Visitor Welcome Table” to ask questions and get more general info about us.
If you feel like First Unitarian may be the right fit for you, the Membership Committee also sponsors two special workshops.

Are you a guest who is still learning? One Sunday a month committee members assist the Minister to present an hour-long Orientation after the service. This one-time workshop is for guests who want to learn a bit more about our church in a deeper way. The date of the next Orientation can be found below.

Are you taking the leap? Each quarter committee members facilitate a New Member series called “The Journey to Membership.”  It consists of a weekend workshop, a New Member Potluck, a New Member Reception and Ceremony. This series of events is for those who have been visiting us for a while and are ready to become full church members!

  Email members@orlandouu.org.

Are You Interested in Becoming a Church Member?

Are You Interested in Becoming a Church Member?

If so, we encourage you to attend worship services for a while and come to a “Meet and Greet” event with our minister, Rev. Kathy Schmitz. (Formerly we called this “Newcomer Orientation.”) We also invite you to attend any program or activity that interests you.

When you feel ready to deepen your commitment to Unitarian Universalism and the 1U church community, we invite you to register for a two-session Journey to Membership Workshop. During the workshop Rev. Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation.

Participants who attend the workshop will be invited to a New Member Potluck at which they’ll meet church leaders and learn more about church programs.

All those who complete a Journey to Membership Workshop and commit to join the church will be recognized in a New Member Ceremony during a Sunday worship service.

Meet and Greet with Our Minister

Meet and Greet with Our Minister

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Rev. Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet on Sunday, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, or Dec. 8 at 12:15pm in the Hiett Library.Membership@OrlandoUU.org

 

Newcomer Orientations

Newcomer Orientations

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Rev. Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Committee invites you to attend a Newcomer Orientation on Sunday, June 9 at 12:30pm in the Hiett Library.

 

Newcomer Orientations

Newcomer Orientations

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Rev. Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Committee invites you to attend a Newcomer Orientation on Sunday, April 21, or Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 12:30pm in the Hiett Library.

Members@OrlandoUU.org

 

New Member Workshop

New Member Workshop

Are you interested in becoming a member of 1U? If so, we encourage you to attend worship services for a while and come to a Newcomer Orientation. We also invite you to attend any program or activity that interests you.

When you feel ready to deepen your commitment to Unitarian Universalism and the 1U church community, we invite you to register for a two-session Journey to Membership Workshop. In the workshop Rev. Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation.

Participants who attend the workshop will be invited to a New Member Potluck at which they’ll meet church leaders and learn more about church programs.

All those who complete a New Member Workshop and commit to join the church will be recognized in a New Member Ceremony during a Sunday worship service.

  • The dates of the next two-day Journey to Membership workshop are Friday, March 15 (7:00-9:00pm in the Hiett Library) AND Saturday, March 16 (9:00 am-noon in the Hiett Library).
  • The New Member Potluck for this class will be Friday, April 5 (7:00-9:00pm in Gore Hall).
  • New Member Sunday will be April 7.

Attendees must register for the Journey to Membership workshop at the Visitor table in Gore Hall any Sunday after the service or by email at Members@OrlandoUU.org