A Typical Sunday at Northwoods


On Sundays, Northwoods greets you with the friendly, familiar hustle and bustle, before and between services, of members and friends catching up with each other. It’s a great time for newcomers to find out about religious, educational, and social events sponsored by Northwoods.

Early arrivers have a chance to share conversation in our shady courtyard and casual foyer and sanctuary.  Often there’s a table outside the front doors with information on upcoming activities. Another great place to chat! Stop by the visitor’s table to get a name tag, or the information table to see what is going on at Northwoods this week.


Receive a printed Order of Service from a Greeter standing in the foyer.

Find your nametag or make a visitor’s nametag.

At service time, all ages gather in the Sanctuary.  Sit where you wish.

A Typical Service

  • ringing of chimes
  • musical prelude
  • welcome to visitors and Northwoods announcements by a lay leader
  • call to worship
  • chalice lighting. The Chalice is a symbol of Unitarian Universalism
  • reading of our affirmation (printed in the Order of Service)
    Love is the spirit of this church
    And service its gift.
    This is our great covenant –
    To dwell together in peace,
    To seek the truth in love,
    And to help one another.
  • congregational singing
  • a worship story for young and old
  • children will remain in the sanctuary for intergenerational Sundays; usually, they will be escorted to Religious Education classes
  • collection of our offering
  • readings of inspiration
  • a sermon by our minister or guest speaker
  • time of silence, sometimes guided meditation
  • musical postlude…feel free to chat, dance, sing along, or catch up with a new friend

We offer an opportunity for conversation and refreshments after the service.

Sunday Morning Schedule 

       9:00 a.m  The Nursery opens at 9:00 a.m. for childcare and is open until 1:00 p.m.

9:45 a.m.  First service starts; Children’s Religious Education is during the first service.

10:45 a.m. Coffee and conversation between services.

11:30 a.m. Second service starts; Adult Forum and Adult Religious Education are during the second service.

1:00 p.m. Lunch Bunch meets at a local restaurant (location announced in Order of Service)


After the service, you’ll often find the building filled with committee meetings, musical rehearsals, and friends touching base.

For more detailed information on Northwoods activities, see our Calendar and our Visitor’s FAQ. Be sure to read the announcements and calendar in the Order of Service!