Visitors and guests are always welcome! This section answers frequently asked questions about visiting the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waynesboro.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you meet, and what time does service start?
We hold Sunday services in our Fellowship Hall at 11:00 a.m. during the church year, September through May. During the summer months, services are held at 10:00 a.m. Our address is 565 Pine Avenue in Waynesboro, VA.
Where should I park?
Plenty of on-street parking is available around the fellowship building on Pine Street and 14th Street. We have a small parking lot behind the fellowship hall as well. Both entrances are wheelchair accessible, and handicapped parking is available.
Do you offer a nursery or religious education classes for children?
We provide engaging religious education programs for both children and adults. Programs for children are provided during our Sunday services. Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers in our Religious Education building, located right next door to our fellowship hall. Parents should contact Sarah Tayloe Skaar, the Director of Religious Education, in advance to let her know if any children will be joining religious education classes.
What if my children want to stay with me during service?
Children are welcome to stay in the adult service, and we have a special “wiggle zone” for families who prefer to be close to the entrance. Activity and coloring bags are available on the table in the back of the fellowship hall.
What should I wear?
Most members and visitors dress casually for Sunday services. Some of us wear suits and ties while others prefer nice blouses and jeans. You can wear what makes you feel comfortable. Our fellowship hall is not air conditioned, though in the summer months we open the windows for a refreshing breeze.
What happens when I arrive?
When you enter the fellowship hall, one of our greeters will offer you a service program. Name tags are available for both visitors and members to help us get to know each other. Feel free to sit anywhere in the fellowship hall. During the service, you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and be welcomed by the congregation.
What are the services like?
Elements of our typical Sunday services include:
- Words of welcome and congregational announcements
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and from our choir
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by our minister, Rev. Paul Oakley
- A closing reading or song
One Sunday per month is a lay-led service, which means that members of our congregation leadership guide the service and share inspirational messages or gifts. Occasionally, we will have a guest speaker.
What happens after service?
You are welcome to stay after service for our usual coffee hour, an opportunity to get to know members of our Fellowship and ask questions you may have about Unitarian Universalism and the liberal tradition. Visitors who wish to engage in more conversation are invited to use one of our special blue coffee mugs.
Do you take up a collection during service?
We do pass a plate during services, and we will sometimes have a special offering for a particular social action activity. If you wish to make a donation, you may leave it in the wooden box near the entrance.
How do I find out about other fellowship events?
Visit our Events listings for upcoming activity information. Our events range from fun activities like movie nights and potlucks to educational meetings and discussions, including our Adult RE programs. You can sign up to receive more information by completing a visitor form.
What types of Social Action activities can I get involved with?
A number of opportunities are available to help our community. The Social Action Committee of the UUFW is always looking for volunteers. We actively participate in local meal deliveries and at the Food Bank.