Worship is led by our Minister, The Reverend Petra Thombs who is excited to be a part of a professional team of ministry that includes Michael Sansonia, Music Director, Martha Banks, Soloist, and Vida Landron, Religious Educator. Reverend Thombs is a long-term, active Unitarian Universalist who is proud that UUCCN has made a commitment to multiculturalism, social justice and is a strong denominational partner. She is also proud about the way UUCCN comes together as a caring congregation both with and without the congregational wall. Reverend Thombs loves Unitarian Universalism and believes that, at its very best, it understands the pluralism that abounds as it makes space for the "Other." She embodies a multi-faith perspective and clearly loves people!
Regular Sunday services are held in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. during the congregational year (September through June) and in the air conditioned Anna Lea Smith Room in the summer. The sermon topic and/or service theme is listed in the Weekly Update and in the Calendar. Children generally attend the first 15 minutes of Sunday services with their families. The Religious Education teacher, along with lay volunteers leads "Words for All Ages" during this part of the service. At this time, the children hear a story, relate a personal experience, or perhaps sing a song together. This conversation is one way in which we show our children that they are a special and important part of our congregational family. The children then head off to their Sunday School classes with their teachers. A Multi-generational service is held once a month. Everyone stays throughout this service. Childcare is offered each week for our youngest members. Although there's no formal dress code at our services, our Minister usually wears a robe or similar attire. Our Music Director and Religious Educator dress professionally. Within the congregation, you are as likely to find sweaters and jeans as you are a shirt and tie or "Sunday Best" attire. We want you to be comfortable. Services usually include hymns, chalice lighting, lighting of the peace candle, the sharing of joys and sorrows, and a sermon or homily by our Minister or a guest speaker. Yet, each service is different. Come a few times to sense the common threads that run through each service and bind them all together. Following the service, you are invited to "Sweet Tooth", a social hour where guests are invited to join us for fair trade coffee, tea, and snacks or a light lunch. There is opportunity to talk with the Minister and to meet our members. Stop by the Visitor's Table to get literature, ask questions, sign-up for our e-mail list or to receive our Weekly Update. Come meet us! We certainly look forward to meeting you.