Our Church

Visiting

We extend a warm welcome to visitors and newcomers. You are encouraged to join us after the service for coffee and conversation. Please fill out a yellow newcomer’s card available at the Visitor’s Table to receive emails and announcements.

Our church, like more than 1,000 member societies, is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of North America.

The heart of Unitarian Universalism is love, service and community. Nurtured by the congregation, each of us is free to find our own path to wisdom, understanding, and spiritual growth.

The people of our congregation come from a variety of religious backgrounds, are of all ages, live in several communities, and have many interests. We share in a love of music, an appreciation of humor, and a desire to preserve our diversity by respecting each other’s beliefs.

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Our Covenant

Love is the spirit of this church;
The quest for truth is its sacrament.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek the truth in freedom, and
To help our neighbor;
To these ends we covenant one with another.

 Mission Statement

Ours is a welcoming church – a sanctuary and a beacon – where with love and mutual support we encourage one another in our spiritual journeys. With open hearts and minds we rejoice in our diversity and are its beneficiaries.

We strive to provide an environment and program which, along with visionary leadership, shared ministry, and effective organizational structure, address the intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and spiritual needs of people of all ages. Our church is a shining presence of dynamic liberal religion in the community, dedicated to social justice and active in its pursuit.

Our Worship

The hour-long Sunday Services begins at 11:00 am and usually include music, readings, a children’s time, meditation and a sermon. Our dress is casual. Coffee and fellowship are offered following each service.

At the start of each service we light our Chalice, the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Although each service is unique, there is an Order of Service for you to follow.

Within services, we share as a community:

  • Holidays in the Judeo-Christian church year and reflections on the celebrations of other religious traditions
  • Readings and meditations drawn from sources of wisdom and inspiration from many spiritual traditions and times
  • The expressing of Joys and Concerns is a living tradition in our congregation. This is a time we set aside for the sharing of our lives. It is a covenant we have made to one another: to sustain, support, encourage and love one another. If you have a joy or concern you would like to share, you are welcome to do so.
  • Music is considered one of the most inspiring parts of our services. An Adult Choir provides music for most services. The choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing and if you are interested, the Choir rehearses on Thursday at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary.
  • Once each month and during July and August our Sunday worship is lay-led. This provides an opportunity for members of the congregation to create their own worship service and share their ideas or passions.
  • Please visit Worship Services for the month’s schedule of sermons.

Physical Address

6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655

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Children leave for our Religious Education program after the Message for All Ages.

Infants and Toddlers

For parents with infants and toddlers, our nursery is located next to the sanctuary and is available during the Sunday morning service and opens 15 minutes before the service. It is a welcoming place where volunteers provide play opportunities in a nurturing environment.

Pre-S through Senior High

Religious education classes for kindergarten through high school aged children are held at 11 a.m. concurrent with the worship service. All children are in the service for the first 20 minutes.