What should I wear?
Whatever is comfortable for you. Depending on the season you will find sweaters and blue jeans, shorts and t-shirts, shirts and ties, pants and blazers, skirts and blouses, or “Sunday best” attire with even a hat or two. Children should wear comfortable clothing. They may play on the floor, work with art supplies, or go outside.
What will I experience on my first visit?
Upon arriving, greeters will welcome and guide you to our “Welcome table” in the foyer near the rear door. There you can find out more about our congregation, pick up a name tag and other printed materials about our faith. You are encouraged to join us for coffee and any snacks that may be available in the fellowship hall before and after services.
Will I have to stand up and introduce myself?
No. Although we begin our services with a welcome to our visitors, any response is purely voluntary.
What are the services like?
Each Sunday service and sermon is unique and by attending more than once, you will be able to get a better feel for who we are and what we do. A typical service may include readings and music selections from a variety of traditions. If our minister is not here, the service may be conducted by a guest speaker. During “Multi-generational” services, religious education classes do not meet and the service is designed to be engaging for adults and children alike.
What will my kids’ experience be like if I bring them with me?
We offer a range of Religious Exploration spaces for children and youth of all ages. Your whole family will begin in the service together, and after a Time for All Ages young people (and any parents who would prefer to accompany them) who choose not to stay in the service head out to their RE spaces for the rest of their morning. We have an RE Greeter table where we share all of the activities happening in our RE spaces each Sunday, and parents sign their children in to the space of their choice prior to entering the sanctuary for the service. Of course, young people are always welcome to stay for the full service as well – we love babies, kids and teens! More detailed information about our RE programs for children and youth is available HERE. Our nursery is also available for babies and toddlers starting at 9:30 on Sunday mornings.
Do I have to join right away to participate in church activities?
No. Though we hope you will join, you may remain a “friend” of the church. As a friend, you may participate in all the activities of our church except you will not be able to vote at our congregational meetings or serve in certain volunteer leadership roles such as the Board of Trustees.
How can I get involved?
Depending on your interests, there are a variety of ways to get involved at TVUUC! The best place to start is by attending our Connection Circles, which meet the first three Sundays of the month at 10 am in the Library. These are small group discussions designed especially for Newcomers to TVUUC. They are a chance to share your story and ask your questions while getting to know this community a little bit better. Each session is different, so we invite you to attend as many as is helpful to you. There’s no need to RSVP – just drop in at the next meeting! Read more here.
How do I know what is going on?
There are a few ways you can keep up with the activities at TVUUC:
- Newsletter: Our weekly Newsletter is the first and best source of information for events and announcements from TVUUC. If you would like to receive the newsletter, you can sign up on the newsletter page.
- Calendar: Also all activities occurring in our church are listed on our calendar page. This is an excellent way to see all of what is happening at a glance.
- On Facebook: You can like our facebook page or join our members and friends facebook group.
- Instagram: Follow us @tvuuc
- Your Order of Service: Take home your Order of Service on Sundays morning. It contains a week’s worth of events and announcements about what’s coming up next.
|Our facility is wheelchair-accessible and several designated parking spots can be found close to the front entrance.|
|FM Assisted Listening System devices are available for those with hearing impairments.|
Still have questions? Reach out! Contact our Membership and Communications Coordinator, Lauren Hulse, at (865) 523-4176 x 105 or *protected email*