When you first walk through the doors at Albany UU, you can expect a warm welcome and lots of smiling faces. We even have a portion of our Sunday morning service specifically focused on greeting newcomers and guests.
What To Expect
As soon as you arrive, you’ll see volunteers at the Welcome Table and at the Religious Education window in the lobby. You will be greeted warmly, and offered a yellow name-tag. (All Albany UU congregants and guests are offered name-tags, to better facilitate an open and welcoming environment.) They can direct you to the coat room and rest rooms, and then to either Community Hall or the Sanctuary, depending on where the day’s service is taking place. Our friendly volunteers will be handing out programs, as well one of the two books of songs we use.
Once seated, you can expect to be welcomed both by members sitting nearby, as well as during the section of our service dedicated to greeting newcomers and guests. Feel free to stand up and introduce yourself to the community!
Our Sunday services run roughly an hour long, and begin with the ringing of a chime. We light our chalice during each service, as it’s an important symbol in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. The flaming chalice is a symbol of light we seek to bring to the world..
Most services include a story for children, songs by our choir or other musical offerings, singing of hymns by the congregation, voluntary sharing of personal joys or sorrows, an offering of donations for the work of Albany UU, or, occasionally, for other causes.
We will always have a sermon or homily by our minister or a guest speaker. After our service is over, we gather for coffee and discussion in Channing Hall.
Visiting with Kids? We’re Delighted!
On your first visit, you may choose to worship together as a family or your children may prefer to attend our religious education classes. We start each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Programming ends at 11:20 a.m. Our Toddler and Nursery Rooms are open from 9:45 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Find more information about our Religious Exploration and Family Ministries program here!