Worship with Us this Summer at 10 am!

Flower Communion 2016 UUSMV

Beginning July 24, New Summer Worship Time: 10:00 am!
From Sunday, July 24 through Sunday September 4 (Labor Day weekend), Sunday morning worship service will begin at 10:00 am, in Stevens Chapel and on Zoom. Please mark your calendars accordingly and help spread the word!
Background: At its meeting in early July the Worship Committee considered a proposal to experiment with a 10 am worship time during the summer. It was noted that 11 am feels late to begin worship in the summer, when many people have family in town and want to take advantage of the good weather and outdoor activities. By the time the 11 am service ends (along with social hour), a good part of the day is past.
We also noted that during the summer many island congregations move to an earlier worship time (8:00, 9:30, 10:00), at that 11 am is among the latest start times. We believe an earlier start time has the potential to increase attendance in the congregation, especially among younger people and families. The Parish Committee subsequently approved the Worship Committee’s proposal, and the experiment was announced to the congregation in worship on Sunday July 10.
Remember, this is an experiment! For seven weeks, from July 24 through September 4, we’re trying something new. We hope that you will engage with this experiment with a can-do spirit, join us for worship, and see how it feels to come to church an hour earlier. Like with any experiment, we anticipate encountering unforeseen challenges as well as opportunities. But what better time than the summer to get creative? Please don’t hesitate to share your feedback with us.
So please spread the word! Tell your friends…and invite them to worship with you. And remember: From Sunday, July 24 through Sunday September 4 (Labor Day weekend), Sunday morning worship service will begin at 10:00 am, in Stevens Chapel and on Zoom. Please join us!


Lay Ministry

Other service leaders are drawn from the UUSMV, Island, and UU communities.  Each speaker draws from the primary sources of the UU faith, which are varied to include and support people from all backgrounds. These sources are:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men that challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions that inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Teachings from the Abrahamic faith traditions that call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings that counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered  traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.