New to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County? Welcome!
We need not think alike to love alike. Most of the members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship were not born UU. Ours is a chosen faith. We come from many other faith traditions—and from no religion at all. We warmly welcome all seekers of a free church to our Sunday services regardless of religious or spiritual belief, background, life path or age. We come in search of answers to questions like these…
- How can I lead a deeper spiritual life?
- How can I be engaged with something beyond day to day, secular life?
- How can I be part of a community of meaning and purpose?
For those of you already Unitarian Universalist, we bid you warm welcome, and offer a place from which to continue exploring your spiritual path.
Plan Your Visit
We know that visiting a new church is exciting but sometimes can be daunting, too. The aim of this page is to help you prepare for your first visit.
The UU Fellowship is located at 6401 Freedom Boulevard in Aptos, about one mile from the Freedom Blvd. exit off of Hwy 1.
We invite you to arrive by 9:45 so that we have time to greet and orient you. Stop by the Visitor Table in the courtyard where you’ll find friendly and helpful greeters who will tell you about what’s happening that Sunday and provide you with information about our community. Make a temporary nametag, fill out a visitor card, and ask any questions. Feel free to sign up for our weekly email newsletter to keep you informed about services and Fellowship activities.
During the service, visitors will be invited to introduce themselves if they are comfortable with doing so in order that other members of the congregation can personally welcome you. Please plan to stay for the hospitality hour after service and enjoy lunch with our members so that we can get to know you better.
Families are especially welcome! Our Religious Exploration teachers will be next to the Visitor’s Table to greet you.
Families attend the first part of the 10:00 a.m. worship service together. For our youngest children, childcare is available.
Near the beginning of the service, there is a children’s story, and then the congregation will sing children to their classes. Please feel free to escort your child to their class for the first few times. You can return to the sanctuary to enjoy worship, or stay with your child if you prefer. After worship, you and your children are most welcome to come to the Hospitality lunch.
We’re looking forward to meeting you and your family! If you have any questions please contact our Religious Exploration Director, Megan Jacobsmeyer.
FAQs that Newcomers Often Have About Their First Visit to Our Fellowship:
- What goes on during the worship services?
Our worship usually follows an order of service with elements like readings, singing, sharing of joys and concerns, meditation, and a sermon.
Our minister usually leads three services a month. The other service is either led by fellowship members or by a guest speaker. Check the newsletter or the Upcoming Services page to read a description.
- Will I be able to speak to the minister?
Our minister enjoys greeting newcomers, so unless he is tied up with other demands (or if it is his Sunday off) he welcomes you to speak with him during the hospitality hour after the service.
- Are people of diverse racial backgrounds welcome in this congregation?
We are an open and loving community. We encourage and support people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds to join us.
- Are there bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgendered people in this congregation? Are they welcome?
Yes. Our congregation is officially a “Welcoming Congregation” which affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. (See the Principles and Purposes of our Association and our Fellowship Covenant.)
- What should we wear to the Fellowship?
Our Fellowship is mostly a casual place. There are some who choose to dress up, but for the most part people come in comfortable attire. Children, especially the youngest ones, should be dressed for comfort. Our Nursery accommodates infants, toddlers and preschoolers and offers playtime on the playground.
- Is there childcare/Sunday School during Fellowship services?
We offer childcare for infants and toddlers from 9:45 am to 11:30 am. We currently offer programs for children up to age 12 or so.
- If my child doesn’t separate well, can she or he stay with me in the service?
We always welcome children to stay for the entire service. However, please be aware that the sermon is generally for an adult audience and younger children especially may not be interested. If you need to leave the service because of a fussy child or other reason, the service can still be heard from a speaker on the front patio and in the foyer. Parents who wish to stay in the nursery for all or part of the service are welcome to do so.
- Is there easy parking?
Yes. Once you turn into the Fellowship campus you will see ample parking with a spillover section in the back.
- Will I feel pressured to give money if I am a visitor?
No. A basket is passed, but as a visitor, you will be invited to let it pass. We are simply pleased that you chose to visit us.
- Will I be locked out if I am late to the service?
No. Latecomers are asked to enter quietly from a side door that is clearly marked. Seats are normally reserved in the back row for latecomers.
- What if something about my visit bothers or concerns me?
We would certainly like to hear about it. Please mention it to the Greeter at the Visitor’s Table or to the minister.