The Building Was Closed…
… but the congregation continued to thrive. When the COVID-19 restrictions started in the spring of 2020, we didn’t miss a beat. Within days of the decision to stop in-person services for the safety of our community, we were up and running with virtual services that are also available on YouTube. Our music programs have been sharing videos on YouTube to help keep our spirits up while we weren’t able to gather in person.
And Now We Are Gradually Opening Again
In February of 2022, we celebrated our first in-person services in almost 2 years, outdoors and with great joy and celebration—and caution designed to help keep everyone as safe as we could. In March, we moved indoors for our annual Flower Communion, remaining masked and distanced, but connected by bonds that had strengthened through our time apart. In May, our Children’s Ministry team started special activities for our youth, and our Kids Kamp program will be back in person in 2022, after two years of virtual camp.
Some UUCP activity groups have started gathering in person again, while others continue to meet online, and some are meeting both in person and on Zoom.
However, even as we reopen, we are committed to making our worship services available online for those who can’t or prefer not to attend in person for any reason.
In-Person and Live-Streamed Sunday Services
While each of our services is unique, with a focus drawn from a range of theological and social justice topics, there are certain things you can expect: a chalice lighting, shared Joys and Sorrows, great music, a strong sense of community, and a sermon or alternative way to share the message of the week. We encourage visitors to attend at least 3 services during the process of deciding whether UUCP is the right choice for them.
Our Sunday worship services are now held in person in the sanctuary, and also broadcast via Zoom meetings, live-streamed on our YouTube channel, and can be viewed after each service on our Past Worship Services page. A post with the link to the YouTube live stream is shared on our Facebook page, and the link to each Sunday’s service is published in our weekly Compass email newsletter.
Other Ways to Connect
After each Sunday service, in addition to an in-person gathering on the UUCP campus, we host a virtual “Coffee Hour”. You are welcome to join us online or in person to meet and chat with congregation members. Information about accessing these sessions is in each week’s Compass email newsletter.
If you are curious about what types of connections are available throughout our congregation, we encourage you to explore our wide range of groups and committees that support the congregation, each other, and our wider community.
You can also follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel for periodic updates on what’s going on within the congregation, and, of course, subscribe to our weekly Compass email newsletter.
Would You Like More Information?
We love reaching out to people who are curious about our congregation. Let us know how you’d like us to contact you, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions about UUism at UUCP.