UUCH – FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to help you get to know us
  1. What time do services start? How long do they last?
  2. Where is the church located?
  3. What do people wear?
  4. Is there a Sunday school?
  5. Is there a nursery?
  6. Is there wheelchair access?
  7. Will I be pressured to become a member after attending for a while?
  8. What are the benefits of becoming a member?
  9. What are the responsibilities of membership in the church?
  10. Are financial contributions required from members?
  11. How do I make financial contributions and pledge commitments?
  12. How do I become a member?
  13. How do I find out more about Unitarian Universalism?

 

1. What time do services start? How long do they last?

Services start at 10:45 am and end around noon or a few minutes before.

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2. Where is the church located?

We are located at 3921 Broadmor Rd. NW, Huntsville, AL 35810. Click here for directions.

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3. What do people wear?

Dress is generally casual, but it varies a lot. People are welcome to wear whatever makes them comfortable. You’ll see a range from jeans and t-shirts to “business casual” to church dress. The tendency is toward business casual, although in summer, shorts and sandals are popular.

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4. Is there a Sunday school?

The Religious Education (RE) classes for children and youth are conducted during the same time as the worship services. Usually the children are in the service and sitting with their family for the first 15 minutes, at the end of which time there is a “Story for All Ages” read, and the children and youth are escorted to their classes on the lower level of the building. If you prefer to keep your children with you for the first time or two, you are welcome to do so. You are also welcome to go with them to their classes and stay as long as you feel you need to. Please speak up if your children have special needs.
RE classes for adults are not held on a regular schedule, but rather are held at various times as announced.

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5. Is there a nursery?

Yes, there is a nursery with adult caregivers for infants and toddlers. You may take your little ones there before the church service begins, or you can take them down at any time during the service. You are welcome to stay with them until you feel comfortable leaving them.

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6. Is there wheelchair access?

Yes! We are now in our new location at 3921 Broadmor Rd., an accessible location with wheelchair access to our worship, fellowship and classroom spaces.

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7. Will I be pressured to become a member after attending for a while?

We do not pressure our regular-attending friends to become members, although we hope that they feel welcome and encouraged to do so.

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8. What are the benefits of becoming a member?

The primary benefit is intangible – the realization that you have a religious or spiritual home. You are identifying yourself with a group of people and entering into a covenant with them. A more tangible benefit is that you can vote in congregational meetings, and you can serve as a Board member or committee chair. Also, as part of the Unitarian Universalist Association, you will begin receiving their informative magazine, UU World.

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9. What are the responsibilities of membership in the church?

In a short phrase, it is to support the church and its mission as you are able. For most of us, that includes giving both our time and money. We also hope that you would regularly attend Sunday services and other events and that you would attend and vote at official congregational meetings.

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10. Are financial contributions required from members?

No, because we realize that there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that prevent someone from being able to donate. However, for those who are able, financial contributions are expected and deeply appreciated. Additionally, our annual budget is formulated by obtaining pledges of financial contributions for the year to come. A financial contribution to the congregation, not only allows us to continue to provide a space for our liberal religious faith, but also helps us towards continuing our mission and vision within the wider Tennessee Valley community.

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11. How do I make financial contributions and pledge commitments?

Contributions may be placed in the offering basket, mailed to the church office, or arranged to be taken directly from your bank account (for example, monthly). To obtain credit towards a tax deduction and/or a financial commitment, if you put money in the plate you should either write a check or put the cash in an envelope with your name on it.

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12. How do I become a member?

The formal process of becoming a member is simply signing our membership book. However, we have a process of preparing to do that so that both you and we can be sure that you have made this decision on an informed basis. We regularly offer “New UU” classes to enable new people to learn about Unitarian Universalism and about our church in particular. Attending one of those sessions is encouraged, though not required.

To join, we will ask you to affirm to us that you are familiar with and support the UUCH mission and covenant and the UU principles, and that you are at least 16 years of age. If you have additional questions or to begin the process of becoming a member, communicate your interest to the minister, Rev. Alice Syltie (Minister@uuch.org) or to the membership chair (Membership@uuch.org).

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13. How do I find out more about Unitarian Universalism?

There are many resources available online to assist you in exploring Unitarian Universalism. Please visit www.uua.org for more information.

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