What to expect from our Sunday Services
A warm welcome awaits you here. We gather to find meaning and live more deeply. Our Sunday services create connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist service styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Our congregation’s services aim at combining spirituality with questioning and learning. Music is a key element, giving beauty to our celebration and to our lives.
Elements of our Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our liberal faith
- Children’s Time, where a story or activity engages the children and youth before they leave for their own Spiritual Explorations program
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles, with songs that can be sung together
- We welcome the presence of the Lakeshore Community Choir at some of our services
- A time for expressing the joys and concerns of the congregation and lighting a candle in honour of joys and concerns, spoken and unspoken
- A meditation often followed by time for silent meditation
- Readings—drawn from a variety of sources: ancient or contemporary
- A 20-minute presentation given by a professional Unitarian Universalist minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, to support for the work of the congregation.
From time to time, celebrations incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays, longer musical performances, and new member ceremonies.
We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.