Holidays and Traditions
Such times as Christmas Eve, Winter Solstice, and Passover create the rhythm of the year. Members, friends, and visitors to the church are invited to participate.
You can view the catalog of holiday events in the latest brochure:
Upcoming Holiday EventsUUCPA THANKSGIVING POTLUCK DINNER – 11/22/2018, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale – 12/09/2018, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Winter Solstice Service – 12/21/2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Child Dedication Ceremony
When a child comes into our church family, whether because just born, just adopted, or recently joined our congregation, we UUs celebrate with a ceremony called a dedication. The purpose is to welcome the child, declare his or her name, and promise our support to his or her parents, and the ceremony is always very sweet and joyful — everyone in the congregation is smiling. Dedications are not just for babies! When an older child wishes to have a dedication, we’ll work with them and their family to make a ceremony that’s appropriate for them. Instead of doing as we have done in recent years, and celebrating most dedications at two services per year, we are going to plan dedication dates with each family. If you would like to know more, contact Amy or Dan.
New Member Welcoming Ceremony
We formally welcome new members three times a year during Sunday Worship Service. If you have recently joined, the Membership Committee will contact you about the next service.
When we return to the two service schedule in the fall, the first service includes the Water Ceremony. Each person brings a small amount of water which represents the places we have been through the summer. We pour our waters together as we gather in community. This ritual is becoming common in our denomination.
Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck
On Thanksgiving afternoon, members, friends and their guests gather in the Fireside Room to share the traditional meal together. Turkey and mashed potatoes are cooked at church, and the side dishes and desserts are supplied by those attending.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Our solstice ceremony includes meditative music, readings, and all of us lighting candles to celebrate the return of the light. We conclude by burning a yule log outdoors in our fire pit. Children and adults are welcomed, we can all enjoy sharing a fire and some food on a dark night.
We celebrate the traditional Christian holiday with song and story, singing the traditional carols and finding meaning in the birth of Jesus for our lives today.
Passover Seder Potluck
In spring we celebrate Seder, the traditional Jewish ceremony which begins Passover, with an all-church dinner. Members, friends, and guests prepare the ritual foods and read the traditional story. Contact: Susan Plass
Each year on Easter Sunday, we celebrate the renewal of the earth and of ourselves.
The first occurrence of this ceremony was in Czechoslovakia following World War I. The Unitarian Church in Prague had survived the war, and Norbert Čapek, the minister, asked people to go gather flowers and bring them to decorate the church. For this celebration each person brings a flower, and takes home one brought by another.