You may have asked?
What do adults wear?
You are welcome to come in whatever makes you comfortable. You'll find most people wearing casual attire -- everything from typical "Friday casual days" outerwear to jeans and polo shirts.
What do children wear?
Children will be fine in sneakers and jeans or any play clothes. They will probably spend part of the Religious Education class sitting in a circle on a carpet, and another working with paste, glue, paint or crayons. In nice weather, the children sometimes go outdoors.
Is your church accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Yes. Several members and friends use wheelchairs or walkers. There are several parking spaces designated for handicap use. There is a long ramp at the side entrance of the building. The bathrooms are accessible. Hallways and doorways are also wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. There is a robust wheelchair stair-lift for access to the sanctuary. Once in the sanctuary, one can choose to sit anywhere they so desire though there are two larger pews at the front with armchairs.
What other accessibility issues have you addressed?
We are equiped with a good sound system so all can hear activities. We also have an assisted listening system.
What do children do during the service?
The children attend part of the service with their parents and sometimes participate. They hear a story-for-all-ages from the minister during the service and then are sung out to their own activities. We provide childcare for babies, and toddlers starting at 10:15am. The religious education classes are for children from 3 to 18 during these services.
May our child stay with us during the service?
Of course. Most Sundays there are a few young ones in the congregation.
How do I find you?
Select the 'How to Reach Us' on the menu above to see map with directions, plus staff addresses, phone numbers, and names.
Will I be welcome?
Absolutely. As you enter, you will be greeted by church members who will officially welcome you, provide you with a name-tag, and answer questions you may have. We hope you will feel comfortable providing us with contact information so that we may send you our newsletter.
Ours is a diverse community: young and old, walking and wheeling, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender, black and white, Asian and Hispanic, singles, couples, and families. You'll meet teachers, social workers, carpenters, homemakers, artists, lawyers, nurses, doctors, secretaries, business owners, computer programmers, people without jobs, students, retired people, and more
Do you welcome gays and lesbians?
Yes. We have many active members of our community who are openly gay or lesbian. Some come just for Sunday services. Some serve on committees and our Board of Trustees. All are integrated into our community.
What goes on during the worship services?
Most services include the following.
- Words of welcome
- Music for gathering
- Chalice lighting and response
- Story-for-all-ages targeted for children at the service
- Children are sent to their classes with a song from the attendees
- Candles of Joy and Sorrow
- Meditation and Silent Prayer
- Reading for the day
- Offering and Music
- Morning Message from the minister or guest
- Closing Hymn and Words
- Music sung holding hands "the hands you hold across the aisle" for Parting
Our Minister is usually in the pulpit three Sundays a month. In addition, we hear from guests and members of our congregation
Does your congregation have diverse beliefs?
Yes, indeed. In our congregation we have humanists, theists, pagans, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, and more. Although individual Unitarian Universalists have varied beliefs about everything from scripture to rituals to God, we uphold shared principles and come together for spiritual development guided by freedom, reason, and conscience.
How do I become a member?
You don't have to be a member to attend worship at First Parish. We have many friends who attend services regularly. We strongly suggest you attend our services until you are comfortable with us. We have new member orientation meetings, and you will meet with the Minister. Once you have decided you want to join, you may sign the membership book 30 days after your decision. You will be invited to attend a special Sunday morning service of welcome , and a New Member Breakfast at the end of the church year
What do I do if I have other questions?
Email us at [email protected] or call the church office at (207) 985-3700 for the Office Administrator. The office is open from 9 to 12am, Monday through Friday. During off-hours, leave a message so we may return your call as soon as possible