Rest rooms are located straight ahead down the hall from the welcome table, by the
kitchen area. Enter our sanctuary by making two quick lefts from the restrooms.
If you come a little late, not to worry. We will always have a place for you. We
occasionally sit in a circle to facilitate discussions. Please join us in the circle,
but if you’re more comfortable, you can sit in the outer row. People have been known
to bring their coffee or tea into the sanctuary.
Child care is available, just ask a greeter for assistance. If you have school age
children, there are Religious Education materials available and an activity can be
quickly set-up. It will work best if you get there 15-20 minutes early to get things
started. While we don’t have specific Religious Ed (Sunday School) classes active
right now, we are ready, willing and able to provide engaging RE. Children are certainly
welcome to stay in church with their parents, if desired. We have activities designed
for that, as well
During the service, we are invited to rise "in body or in spirit" for hymns, and
we often applaud special music, good news, and the speaker. Our service almost always
includes Joys and Concerns (a time to share events and milestones in our lives),
one of our favorite elements. Feel free to participate, if you wish.
We may ask for guests to introduce themselves if they feel comfortable doing so.
If you don't want to, that's OK too (I never did!).
We take an offering during the service. Give as you are comfortable and able. There
are envelopes in the basket for a separate Future Minister Fund as well.
At the end of the service, we may stand up and hold hands for a closing song or
reading so don't be surprised when someone turns around and offers a hand. And if
you are uncomfortable holding hands, you can offer your elbow or arm.
After the service, we meet for coffee, treats and conversation in the kitchen area.
We’d love for you to join us. Often the service leads to extended conversation and
is often as meaningful as the service itself.
If you would like more information, talk to the greeter or anyone with a name tag.
Our current newsletter and brochures about our programs are in the lobby, and the
display case in the back of the sanctuary. If you have more questions, call or send
us an e-mail.
We would welcome your visit, so plan to join us this Sunday!
A typical Sunday Service may include:
Opening Words set the tone for the Service
Chalice Lighting - The chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination.
It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work. The flaming
chalice, like our faith, stands open to receive new truths that pass the tests of
reason, justice, and compassion.
Joys and Concerns -An opportunity for individuals to share a brief message of celebration
or sorrow which has touched their lives. We believe that whatever befalls us in this
life, we are held in the loving embrace of this community.
Readings reflect or enhance the topic of the service. The reading may be any piece
Sermon/Speaker expands the theme of the service. As Unitarian Universalists, we do
our best to seek truth regardless of its source. As a result, we engage guest ministers
and other speakers, who represent diversity of belief and opinion. Some services
will include more group discussion, some may seem more professorial than spiritual,
some will engage in a social or political topic. We often find that those of us who
don’t necessarily resonate with a certain service subject still come away with some
Closing Words summarize the spirit of the service or the season.
Visiting DUUC- What To Expect
Sunday Services at Dakota UU are quite casual. You can come as you are, straight
from the coffee shop or breakfast table.
Services start at 10:30 after the ringing of our “singing bowl”. When you enter the
building, go in the right hand door, and there is a “Welcome Table” there with an
opportunity to sign our Guest Book, include your address, if you’d like to get our
newsletter. You are invited to make a name tag for yourself. There will be a greeter
nearby, at least until the service starts, to answer questions, and provide a little
information. The service is ready to begin after the ringing of our “Singing Bowl.”