What to Expect on Sunday
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service at First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo include:
- words of welcome;
- lighting of our flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith;
- a multigenerational segment, most often a “story for all ages”;
- music in a variety of styles presented instrumentally, solo vocally and sung by our choir;
- readings, both ancient and contemporary;
- a meditation or prayer;
- a reflection, sermon or talk given by our minister, a member of the fellowship or a guest speaker;
- sharing of joys and concerns;
- an offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community;
- closing words; and,
- a post service social time – conversation and pot luck snacks or chat rooms on line.
From time to time, services incorporate holiday celebrations from various traditions, multigenerational plays or activities, child dedications and new member or coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.