Visitor FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Artwork in 3 sections on a pole highlighting black lives matterWelcome to Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church. We hope you choose to visit us and find a warm welcome from our caring community. Here are the answers to questions frequently asked by our visitors.

What should I wear?
We have no dress code and encourage you to “come as you are.” Some come in their “Sunday best,” others in jeans and a T-shirt. Most choose something in between. Children are encouraged to wear comfortable play clothes as activities can sometimes get messy!

Is there child care during the service? If my child doesn’t separate well, can s/he stay with me in the service?
Most Sundays we have nursery care starting at 10:15. Children usually participate in the first portion of the service. You’re always welcome to keep your child with you, and you have the option of retiring to the lounge where speakers make it easy to hear the service.

Are people with special needs welcome?
Yes! We are welcoming of all. The building is handicapped accessible. Large print orders-of-service are available. If you or your child has a fairly unique special need, you may want to call or email the church to see how we can best make you welcome.

Are there any people in mixed marriages in this congregation?
Yes. We have couples of racially and religiously mixed backgrounds. We are welcoming to all who enter, regardless of race, color, religious background, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, abilities or limitations, national origin, or marital status.

Are there Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) people in this congregation?
Yes. Our pastor is an openly gay man and we have longterm, active LGBTQ members. Watch the calendar for specific LGBTQ events, including November’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Are your members all local to the immediate Camp Springs area?
We have members from across the DMV! You’ll find a list of towns that our members call home at the bottom of our About Us page.

Are there people in the congregation who are humanist? atheist? pagan? Christian? Jewish? Muslim? agnostic?
All of the above and more besides! Here’s a glimpse at what members say about their beliefs.

What goes on during the worship services?
Though our order-of-service varies somewhat, here is what you can usually expect.:

  • We are committed to the power of music in worship so we enjoy live music throughout the service.
  • We light a chalice to begin our service, (see the history of the chalice), share our Joys and Sorrows, enjoy short readings from lay leaders, and sing “Spirit of Life” while the children lead us in sign language interpretation.
  • We enjoy singing hymns from our hymnal “Singing the Living Tradition” which contains traditional Christian and Jewish songs, as well as songs from other traditions – old and new – that are beloved by the Unitarian Universalist faith.
  • There is an offertory, but you are welcome to be our guest with no commitment to contribute (see below for more about donating).
  • Sermons are 15 to 20 minutes and are intended to spark new thinking and rich conversation.
  • The service concludes with a beloved tradition of joining hands and singing a shared benediction – “From you I receive, to you I give…”.
  • Coffee, refreshments and fellowship follow.

Will I be required to do volunteer work?
Newcomers have no requirements. There are many opportunities to get involved, though! When you feel your “newcomer” status is wearing off, you’ll find plenty of ways to participate.

Will I be required to donate money?
No, though a collection basket is passed during the offertory and we appreciate whatever you can give. The church is supported by annual pledges from our members and friends, and you may initiate your pledge whenever you feel ready. Members and active friends are expected to contribute to the financial well being of the church in accord with their means and the value they place on the great gifts our community has to offer.

How can I learn more about the church?
Besides an abundance of information on this web site you are welcome to email your questions to us at dmuuc-om [at] dmuuc.org.

 

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