Holidays, Traditions & Life Transition Services
These are some traditional services unique to Unitarian Universalism in general and UUCM in particular:
Ingathering – In late summer as the school year starts, the congregation meets together to begin the new church year. Often the ingathering has a theme of water.
Samhaim ( pronounced saw-win) – most often occurs the last Sunday in October and gives us a chance to remember and connect to those who have passed from this life.
Stone Soup Service – this fall service on the Sunday before Thanksgiving focuses on the old story of realizing what we can accomplish together. Afterwards a soup made from our own stones accompanied with fresh bread is shared by all.
Deck the Halls – Usually the first Sunday in December is a time for making snowflakes, wreaths and Christmas tree ornaments to decorate our Fellowship Hall for the upcoming holidays.
Yule – An evening service celebrating the longest night of the year. It starts with crafts related to the longest light of the year, includes a walking of a labyrinth and storytelling, and ends with casting our hopes into the Yule fire.
Christmas Eve – .A traditional service is offered complete with carols, storytelling, and a congregational candle lighting.
Flower Communion – A special UU tradition originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, to honor the diversity of ways to celebrate the divine. The Flower Ceremony invites members to bring a flower to share, and in return be given a flower to take home.
New Member Ceremony – we welcome new members periodically during the church year, and celebrate their joining. By signing the membership book and making a pledge, people commit to join the congregation, and the congregation in turn commits to supporting their membership.
Child Dedications – A new child is brought by parents to be welcomed to the family and congregation
Youth Coming of Age – As our youth transition through ages into adulthood, we recognize the significant milestones and eventually welcome them as adult members of the Congregation.
Bridging – A ceremony honoring the transition from youth to adult.
Weddings – see more about weddings on our facilities page.
Memorials and Life Celebrations – are held to remember loved ones.