Information for First-Time Visitors

Welcome to Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church! We’re glad you are here.

Each of us at one time or another finds ourselves looking around, seeking something that will help us make more sense, bring more meaning and more connection in our lives.  Whatever is propelling you to seek out a liberal faith community at this moment in your life, we welcome you in that seeking.

People seek out a church community for many reasons, including community, religious education for themselves or their families, meaningful worship time, opportunities for celebration, service and fellowship, a time of change or crisis in one’s life, or opportunities to explore life’s fundamental questions more deeply and intentionally.  Each of these is a part of life at Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church.

Northwoods is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  Ours is a non-creedal faith; there is no test of belief or creed required for your membership here.  Our churches do, however, hold in common our Seven Principles and Six Sources.  We stress the importance of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning in our lives, and we are enriched by the various ways in which our individual explorations both converge and are diverse.

Here is some information you may be interested before coming to Northwoods for the first time:

Our address is 1370 North Millbend Drive, The WoodlandsTX 77380. Click here for directions.

What time is the service?

The Sunday services are at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. We have coffee and conversation between services, adult forums on the second Sunday of the month during the second service, and on the fourth Sunday of every month we have visitors and new members Meet and Greet after each service. Children’s Religious Education classes are during the first service only. Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their parents or guardians during the second service. There are busy bags to keep small hands busy in the back of the sanctuary near both sets of doors.

What should I expect at the service?

Every service is slightly different at Northwoods. We always start by welcoming each other and enjoying music performed by our talented musicians. The service will last approximately one hour. You can read more about a typical service here.

How should I dress?

Please come as you are and how you feel most comfortable.

How can I meet more people on Sunday?

Between our worship services, the congregation gathers for coffee, snacks, and fellowship. Visitors are encouraged to use a red mug to invite conversation. This is a great time to meet new people and enjoy lively conversation.

Adult discussion groups meet during the second service. Topics are varied: social justice issues, church governance, progressive christianity, reproductive justice, and more. These forums are a great way to connect with people in smaller groups.

After service, join our Lunch Bunch at a local restaurant. The Lunch Bunch location is printed in the Order of Service.

Is Northwoods kid-friendly?

Of course! During most services, children remain with their families in the sanctuary until the Time for All Ages, at which point kids of all ages are invited to come up to the front of the sanctuary for a story. During the first service,  the congregation sings a centering song, Spirit of Life, and the children are led to their Religious Education classes by our RE teachers. Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary during the second service.

Accessibility

Our building is wheelchair accessible and we offer open spaces in the sanctuary for wheelchairs and walkers. Reserved parking spaces for those with handicap permits are located in front of the building. Hearing Assistance Devices are available for services on Sunday mornings – ask a greeter if you would like to use one.

Who can I talk to about Northwoods and Unitarian Universalism?

This website has some great resources for you to read more about:

In addition, we have Meet and Greets on the fourth Sunday of each month after the services, and a Pathways to Membership class offered quarterly. Here is the schedule of those upcoming events. They offer a great opportunity to ask questions in a casual environment to find out more about our faith and community. The greeters, Rev. Sarah, or any member you meet on Sunday would be happy to share more about Northwoods as well.

How can I get involved in Northwoods?

We invite you to explore our various interest groups, spiritual practice groups, adult forums, summer camp, musical groups, and more through the “Making Connections” menu at the top of this page. We invite your participation in any of these activities – we’ll be glad to have you!

For additional questions, please see the Visitors FAQ or contact [email protected]