What to expect from the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Church.

What to Expect at the Service

Many people don’t know what to expect from UU services. Indeed, Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some feature exuberant music while some include long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship strives to be uplifting and inspiring.

What to Expect as Elements in a Typical Unitarian Universalist Worship Service:

  • Words of welcome
  • Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
  • A multigenerational segment, such as a “Story for All Ages”
  • Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
  • A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
  • A meditation or prayer
  • Readings—ancient or contemporary
  • A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
  • An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community

From time to time, worship services incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service starting in the fall.