First Unitarian Church of Providence
worship & spiritual practice
about sunday services

about sunday service

Community worship begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings from the Sunday after Labor Day through mid-June. (Summer services begin at 10:00 a.m.) We draw from a variety of spiritual traditions and strive to create lively and meaningful gatherings. Child care is provided. The service is also broadcast in the Parish House. Listening devices are available upon request. Handicapped parking spaces are available in our lot. In addition to street parking, there are spaces available, on Sunday only, in the Hope Club lot across Benevolent Street from the Meeting House.

Worship for All Ages
People of all ages are full, important members of our faith community. Like adults, children learn spiritual practice by experience.

Young people need to feel valued and welcomed as they participate in services. It is vital that young people respect adult needs and the Meeting House. The curriculum of our congregation is taught when we worship together. The goal is to create a peaceful atmosphere, child-friendly and comfortable for all ages. Suggestions for helping children, parents, and the gathered congregation worship:
  • Get settled and comfortable before the service begins at 10:30a.
  • Adults modeling a quiet, calm, respectful attitude directly effect children’s behavior.
  • Review/share order of service and hymnal, helping children understand what happens.
  • Feel free to whisper instructions, helping youngsters learn “worship etiquette.”
  • Have positive expectations and encourage appropriate behavior and participation.
  • Relax and enjoy the service.
  • Quiet activity baskets are available from ushers for young children to borrow.
Let us be open to what the generations might learn from each other.

Young People in Worship
Worship for young people is the anchor of our spiritual pathways program, blending time in church and Chapel.

Adults, children, and youth are together in the Meeting House for multigenerational services on holidays and important times. Young people begin with adults in church on appropriate occasions, going to classes after the beginning of the service. On all other Sundays, young people worship in the auditorium Chapel.

Chapel services are created and led by our Director of R.E., assisted by the Youth Music Director. Themes focus on faith development, integrating music, art, meditation, stories, celebrations and listening in interactive rituals. Refer to the newsletter or schedule page for monthly worship schedule, and check church publications for changes.

Coffee Hour
Join us for coffee hour in the Parish House after services on Sunday. Fresh baked goodies, beverages and conversation await you. We also offer informal New Connections chats as a way to connect with a smaller group during coffee hour.

Purple People Greeters
Do you have questions about First Unitarian Church? The friendly people wearing purple scarves (our Purple People Greeters) will be glad to help.