What to Expect on Sunday
During this period of social distancing, MLUC’s building is closed. Church services, classes, small groups, social justice efforts and socializing continue via live-stream or Zoom. Please feel free to join us for Sunday services at 10:00 a.m., and if you’d like to meet some MLUCers, please stop by the Welcome Table before or after the service, We’d like to greet you, welcome you to the church, and help you explore MLUC’s offerings during this challenging time.
What to expect on Sundays during the closure
Weekly meditation from 8:30-9:45 begins our Sunday morning programming on Zoom. Drop in as you can for this meditation/discussion group. The Welcome Table Zoom runs from 9:45-10:00, and is followed by the Sunday service at 10:00. Additional programming including Faith Development gatherings for children, another meditation group at 11:30 and offerings which vary weekly can be found on our Live-stream page.
Most offerings do not require pre-registration, and drop-ins are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Mary Heil (firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-688-8332 x110) or Jessica Hirsch Lynn (email@example.com, 610-688-8332 x126).
Our building is closed until it is safe to begin holding in-person meetings again. Until then, please join us online as described above.
Where is Main Line Unitarian?
Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC) is located at 816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA. There is parking on the church property both in front of and on the south side of the building. Additional parking is available in Dittmar Park, directly across South Valley Forge Road.
When should we arrive?
Sunday service at MLUC begins at 10 a.m. and generally ends around 11:15 a.m. Plan to arrive a few minutes early on your first visit to find a parking spot and explore our Welcome Table, located just inside the main entrance (or at the top of the stairs from the lower-level entrance). The Welcome Table is staffed by helpful volunteers who can answer your questions and provide more information about our church and Unitarian Universalism.
What should we wear?
Come as you are! People attend worship service wearing T-shirts and jeans, as well as suits and dresses.
What should our kids do during the service?
Your children may visit a faith-development class (concurrent with the worship service) or attend the service with you. MLUC provides care for infants and children under age 3 during Sunday services. Faith-development programs for children and teens meet at the same time as Sunday services. Youth group for grades 9 through 12 also meets on Sunday evenings.
Several times throughout the year, all ages gather for a multigenerational service. Faith-development classes do not meet on these Sundays; children attend the services with their parents.
What are services like?
Our services usually include a musical prelude, hymns from the Unitarian Universalist hymnals, music performed by the church choirs and members, our Music Director Dr. Vincent Craig, or visiting musicians, an invocation, readings, prayer and meditation, a sermon, a benediction, and a musical postlude. There are some specific parts of our service that you may want to know a bit more about before your visit:
- The Chalice: We begin nearly every service by lighting our chalice and end by extinguishing it. Its flame symbolizes the light of truth and reason, which guide our spiritual quest; its oil symbolizes helpfulness and sacrifice, which guide our social action; and the chalice itself symbolizes our community of faith, which holds us in mutual support and care.
- Candles of Community: During our services, we invite members to come forward and light Candles of Community to share with the congregation personal joys, celebrations, sorrows, or concerns. Such sharing brings us closer together, invites the support of others, and strengthens the bonds of our community.
- The Collection: Taking a collection is certainly not unique to UUs. It serves not only a practical purpose (our congregation supports itself and does not receive contributions from our denomination or any other entity), but also a symbolic purpose. It demonstrates that we are a covenantal community—we are all connected, we support one another, and every person is a vital part of this community. One half of all offerings are donated to nonprofit organizations through our Offering Outreach program.
What happens after the service?
Coffee and other refreshments are served after each service in the Fireside Room. This is a casual gathering where members and visitors can get to know one another. On Sundays, the church is alive with interesting conversation and information about upcoming community events and opportunities to participate in church life. As a visitor, you are welcome to take part in any of our programs and activities to learn more about Main Line Unitarian Church and Unitarian Universalism. Childcare is available at most church events.
Do you have classes for adults?
How do we get more information?
Please feel free to contact Membership Coordinator Jessica Hirsch Lynn for more information about our church, our programs, and what to expect at your first visit. For general inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-688-8332. To contact a specific individual, visit the staff page.
The church office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closes for federal holidays. The church building is open all day on Sunday for worship, faith development classes for all ages, events, and meetings. The building is open on weeknights and on Saturdays as needed for meetings and events (see the Calendar).
See you soon!