Worship 2018-03-14T20:33:28+00:00

Beauty, Comfort and Challenge…

Worship at UUCW means gathering to lift our hearts in thanks, think deeply about the issues of the day, reflect in graceful silence, and sing with gusto! Our services are filled with art and life: people of all ages and faith perspectives, great music from our musicians, and reflections crafted with care by our ministers and lay leaders. Sunday mornings at UUCW offer beauty and comfort and challenge us to live with integrity and joy all week long.

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Music in Worship

Music in worship provides beauty and touches powerful emotions, inspiring us to spiritual depth. UUCW music programs like choir, band and vocal/instrumental ensembles are open to your participation, too – they’re a great way to feed your spirit and connect with others.

Common Questions about our Sunday Services

Sunday Services at UUCW are held at 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. from the Sunday after Labor Day in September through the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend  in May. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (and occasionally on winter holiday weekends) we hold a single service at 10:00 am.

Please dress as you feel comfortable – casual clothing is welcome! Children especially are encouraged to wear clothes that allow free movement.
There are two large parking lots on the east and west sides of the UUCW building with designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces. The lots are joined by a driveway on the north side of the building. There are entrances on both the east and west sides of the building. For more information, see “Accessibility”.
The UUCW building is “partially accessible” for those who use wheelchairs, scooters, or walkers. There are three levels in the building.

Main Level (Accessed via East Entrance)
The East Entrance on the Main Level is barrier-free, and there is a single-stall, non-gender specific, accessible restroom on the same level along with the Church Office and Sanctuary.

Upper Level (Accessed via East Entrance/East Foyer):
The Upper Level offices and meeting rooms are accessible via a gently sloping ramp off the Main Level East Foyer.

Lower Level East (Accessed via West Entrance):
The Lower Level East classrooms and single-stall restrooms are mainly used by our tenant, the Elmbrook Preschool.
Our Lower Level Library is accessible via 3-4 steps from the West Entrance. The Lower Level East area and Library may also be accessed via stairs from the Main Level East Foyer.

Lower Level West (Accessed via West Entrance):
Most of our Religious Education classrooms for children are in the Lower Level West, and some adult meeting rooms are located there as well.
The main West Entrance provides barrier free access to the Lower Level East rooms; however, accessing the Lower Level West rooms requires navigating three steps.

Secondary West Entrance:
There is a secondary west entrance that provides barrier-free access to our Lower Level West rooms. Please call the Church Office (or the leader of the program or meeting you plan to attend) if you need to access the Lower Level West rooms via wheelchair or other mobility-enhancing device. The Lower Level West restrooms are not wheelchair-accessible. The Sanctuary may be reached by a flight of stairs from the Lower Level West Entrance.

Accessible and non-gender specific restrooms are available on the Main Level, and non-accessible restrooms designated for men and women are available on the Lower Level.

Other Accessibility Features:
For Sunday worship services, assistive listening devices, large print hymnals, chair cushions, and assistance with seating are available from the Ushers.

An accessible, non-gender-specific restroom is available on the Main level, and restrooms designated for men and women are available on the Main and Lower Levels.

We encourage you to arrive 10 minutes before a service begins. You will be welcomed at the door by a friendly greeter who can help you find the coat racks, rest rooms and the East Foyer Welcome Table. The Welcome Table staff will happily offer you with newcomer information, including about children’s programming.

Children and teens begin the morning in the worship service with their parents/guardians (except during the summer months). When the children exit the service, teachers meet the younger students in the foyer to help them find their classrooms (parents/guardians often assist younger children). If a family prefers, children may stay in worship with their parents for the full service.

Nursery care and learning is offered for babies and toddlers in our Nursery/Preschool rooms on the Lower Level West. The nursery is available beginning 10 minutes before the start of each worship service. Parents in the sanctuary will be notified if their presence is needed for the welfare of their child.

Senior High Youth Group meets during the 11:00 service only.

Visiting children are welcome in our Religious Education classes and youth groups; for your child’s safety, we will ask you to fill out a visitor sign-in form.

Come into the Community Room after the service for refreshments and conversation. Here you can often find info about various groups and activities, check out the “book nook” book exchange cart, and meet some wonderful UUCW members and friends.
After each service, the Board Representative and one or both of our ministers are available at the doors of the Community Room to greet you as you enter the social hour. We love newcomers and welcome your questions. Volunteers also are available at the Welcome Table.
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Upcoming Services

March 25, 2018: Catching Our Second Wind

The Rev. Joyce Palmer  - Does this feel like your life sometimes? You are trying to find balance — balance between work and family, balance between doing and being, balance between mind and heart, balance between striving and accepting. Join us today to hear about ways to find more balance in life as we explore the work of Dr. Bill Thomas, an innovative thinker on aging. Enjoy wonderful music selections from the UUCW Adult Choir.

April 1, 2018: God Got a Dog

The Rev. Suzelle Lynch and Maria O’Connor - Every now and then, Easter falls on April 1st — April Fool’s Day! We honor Easter as a community of all ages in worship together with a lightness of spirit, exploring images of god that help us remember we all have the divine potential to be fully human. Special music today by Ruben Piirainen, Music Director, and Saira Frank.

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