Q: What should I wear?
A: People come to Unity from all walks of life, and you can see it in the way they dress. God accepts you as you are, not as you're dressed.
Q: Are kids welcome? Is there a daycare during the service?
A: Children are certainly welcome even though we do not currently provide a staffed nursery. However, we do have rocking chairs and a play space for children who need a break.
Q: Will I have to introduce myself?
A: Relax and be yourself - you won't be asked to stand and say your name. Since Unity is a small, growing community, you can expect to be greeted warmly when you walk in the door. After every service there is an opportunity to meet others over coffee/hot chocolate and snacks.
Q: What happens at a typical worship service?
A: Worship at Unity follows a pattern as we celebrate the story of God's love for all creation (including us!). Each week we take time to gather, we listen to God's Word, we share a small meal of bread and wine/grape juice, and we are sent out for service in the world.
Q: How do I know what's going to happen during the service?
A: You'll be given a worship guide when you walk in. The bulletin will tell you everything you need to know, with little explanations in the margins about why we do certain things in worship.
Q: When do I stand or sit? Do I have to stand?
A: The worship leader will invite you to stand and sit throughout the service. Our bulletin will also indicate when to sit and when to stand. Please know, you are welcome to stay seated as is best for you.
Q: Why do people turn and face the cross when it is carried into the worship space at the beginning of the service?
A: Worship is an opportunity to encounter God, to enter into a conversation. When the cross is carried in, we turn and face it to recognize the presence of God among us, in the same way that you turn and face the person you are addressing when you enter a conversation.
Q: Will I have to sing in worship?
A: Unity has a strong tradition of singing hymns in worship. You are invited to join in singing when you feel comfortable.
Q: Do I have to put money in the offering plate?
A: You don't have to give anything. Offering is a chance to give from your abundance. It's a way to acknowledge the many gifts that God has given us. If you do share a gift, you can be sure it will be used for God's work in the neighborhood and shared with brothers and sisters in need across the nation and around the world.
Q: Do I have to be Lutheran to take communion?
A: At Unity, anyone who desires to encounter the real presence of God is welcome to come forward for communion. You don't have to be a member, you don't have to even be Lutheran.
Q: What do I do at communion?
A: You will be invited to come forward by our ushers. The first server will have a tray of glasses. White grape juice is in the center of the tray, wine is on the outside. Our second server will have a common cup of wine. You are invited to drink out of this cup.
Q: What if I have other questions?
A: You can ask anyone at the service, or you may also send an e-mail to Pastor Julie Boleyn, firstname.lastname@example.org, any time. Be sure to sign the guest book and leave your e-mail!