Join Us Every Sunday at 10:30AM PST
Sunday morning services are a great way to get acquainted with this congregation and its values, whether you prefer to tune in quietly from home via Zoom or to make an in-person visit to Church Street some Sunday morning.
We seek to welcome all, AND we know it may be uncomfortable to enter a new place and community. We are happy to answer your questions and to help you connect with groups or activities that sound interesting to you. You may find out more and ask questions by completing the contact us form.
We look forward to greeting you, however and whenever you choose to reach out.
Note: UUCM’s policy is to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID safety measures. When Nevada County’s risk level is designated “HIGH” by the CDC, UUCM requires masking for indoor events, including services. Otherwise, masking is optional. Watch for adjustments as virus levels fluctuate.
Services are held at our 246 South Church Street home in Grass Valley, CA. This gives you a chance to meet some people in person and to get an embodied feel for the community.
What to Expect
If you are new to UUCM, you may be wondering what to expect in a Sunday service.
Starting about 10:10 a.m. on Sundays, you can view a series of announcements and quotes, accompanied by music. Online, people gradually sign in, making sure their connection is working, with a Welcome! and support from the morning’s Chat Host. In our home at 246 S. Church Street in Grass Valley, people arrive (most dressed casually) and are greeted at the door. Then they are welcome to chat with others or find a seat and sit quietly in anticipation of the service. Options for those with children are offered.
At 10:30 a.m. our minister or the worship leader says hello, or an opening song leads us into our time together. We acknowledge the Nisenan, the indigenous people who lived on this land long before UUCM, light a chalice (a symbol of our tradition), and begin to focus on the particular theme or message of the day.
Although there is a great deal of room for variety and experimentation, many services follow a fairly familiar pattern, with the singing of two or three songs, a “wisdom for all ages” story and singing the children on their way to Kids’ Connection, readings from many different sources, time for spoken or silent meditation or prayer, a chance to acknowledge our current joys or sorrows for those who wish to share them by typing them into the chat (on-line) or placing a stone in a bowl of water (on-site), and a message or sermon from the minister, members, or guests.
Our goal is to explore and examine life through many different lenses over time, hearing from many different voices, calling forth our compassion, courage, love, and commitment to justice through words, music, ritual, sharing, movement and artistry of many kinds.
We look forward to welcoming you and enjoying your presence one of these Sunday mornings, whether in a Zoom room, or in our home on Church Street.