Blessing of the Animals
This service happens only once every few years. Church members & friends and their well-behaved companion animals -- furred or feathered, shelled or scaled -- are invited to this special outdoor service. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, pictures of animals are welcome in the Sanctuary (unfortunately, bringing the animals themselves into our historic building isn’t an option).
Celebration of Naming & Dedication
This service is the UU rough equivalent of a Christian Baptism or a Jewish Naming ceremony or a Muslim Akikah. We use the symbols of water and roses (thorns removed) to dedicate each child by name to a life of spiritual growth, moral integrity, and loving service. Children being Named can be any age, may already have been baptized in a private service or a different faith community, and parents need not be Voting Members of UUSG—you need only be active in our church and want the support of our UUSG community as you raise each child.
We offer 2 services on Christmas Eve: a family-friendly service at 4pm and a candlelight choir service at 8pm.
Coming of Age Services
Eighth grade youth who complete our “Coming of Age” program end their time together by leading a worship service and presenting their “Statements of Faith” to the congregation.
This service celebrates the light and warmth of spring.
The first Flower Communion – and “communion” isn’t a bad word for it, since it was indeed about celebrating “community” – was held in 1923 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The minister who introduced it was Dr. Norbert Capek, assisted by his wife, Maja, who was also a Unitarian minister.
Guests in the Pulpit
We sometimes have guest speakers; they can be congregational members or outside visitors. In recent years, we’ve heard from our Board President; our Social Justice Team Leader; our Senior Minister’s husband, the Rev. Scot Giles; and our resident Compassionate Communicator, Thom Thomas.
Held on the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of September, this weekend marks the start of our church year—we go back to 2 services each Sunday and the children begin attending church school again.
Our Interweave Group--LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) members, friends, and allies--leads this service annually.
Memorial Garden Service
Held on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, this service takes place in the afternoon in our Memorial Garden (weather permitting). During the service, the memorial stones ordered in the previous year are blessed and those that they commemorate are remembered.
Led by one or more of our musicians, this service includes lots of great music and singing.
No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant
This service lets us celebrate the stories and the joys of Christmas without having to plan very far ahead.
This summer service celebrates the spoken word.
Question Box Service
Held on the Sunday of our Annual Congregational Meeting (the 3rd Sunday in May), this service is sometimes known as “Stump the Ministers.” They do not promise to answer every question, but will respond individually to as many as they can. "Leftovers" may well reappear later as sermon themes, in formal discussions or Adult RE programs.
Held on Good Friday, this is a dark service, acknowledging the suffering, the evil, the loss of hope that are realities in the world and a necessary prelude to Easter's celebration.
Held annually on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Held annually on the Sunday before Veterans’ Day. UUSG veterans present a thought-provoking and emotional service, ending with a live rendition of "Taps."
Our high school group plans and leads this service annually.