Your First Visit to the Piedmont UU Church
Informational Class for Newcomers
New to Unitarian Universalism or the Piedmont UU Church? In this session, you will learn about our community of faith, hear more about Unitarian Universalism, connect with other newcomers, and learn about opportunities to develop your spirituality while serving our world. No need to register. Childcare will be available on request.
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The Piedmont UU Church nutures the spirit, cherishes diversity and cultivates justice.
We have two gatherings. Our University Gathering and church offices are located in Charlotte, NC at 9704 Mallard Creek Rd. Our Salisbury Gathering is located in Salisbury, NC at Temple Israel, 1600 Brenner Ave.
Our Sunday Schedule
9:45 a.m. worship service at the University Gathering
12:30 p.m. worship service at the Salisbury Gathering
Our facilities are accessible to those with limited mobility. Hearing assistance devices are available at the University Gathering; please see one of the greeters at the front door. There are also large-print hymnals and orders of service.
Your First Visit
When you enter the church, you will be greeted, given the opportunity to make a name tag, and receive an order of service. We encourage you to fill out a visitor card to help us learn about you, and help connect you to our email announcements and newsletter.
Children are Welcome
During the service, children are welcome to stay with you or attend religious education classes. We also offer nursery care at all our services.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I wear?
Members of the congregation wear everything from jeans and shorts to Sunday best. Wear whatever makes you comfortable. Layers are encouraged if you are sensitive to cold or heat.
Where do I sit?
Sit anywhere in the sanctuary. Rockers are provided for those with an infant.
What happens at a Sunday service?
In the beginning of each service we light the Chalice, which is a primary symbol of our faith. Elements of worship include music and singing, readings, candles of sharing, an offering, time for silent meditation and prayer, a sermon, and benediction. The service is approximately one hour long.
What do children & youth do during the service and religious education classes?
Children and youth generally remain in the sanctuary for a short part of the service. Then they gather in small groups according to grade level, and meet with teachers. Classes may include a time for centering and worshipful gathering, stories, engaging activities and play, social justice projects, and lessons about UUism, history, living our UU values, and other world religions.
When are religious education classes offered?
For children and youth, we offer religious education during most services. Over the course of the year, we take part in intergenerational services to celebrate Ingathering (Water Communion), Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Easter (Flower Communion) and our Annual Blessing of the Animals. At these special services, all ages attend the entire service.
Is there an informal gathering time?
You are invited to stay for coffee or tea and snacks. This is available after the service at the University Gathering, and before the service at the Salisbury Gathering.
Are there any open adult religious exploration groups or spirituality groups?
Yes, we have a variety of adult religious exploration opportunities that range from social activities and adult religious education courses to spiritual practice groups.
How is this church different from others?
Our congregation expresses a diverse range of theologies, and all are welcome. We are guided by principles and purposes that focus on the practice of our faith. We balance freedom of belief with responsibility to community.
How can I join as a member?
We ask that you start your journey by attending a few of our worship services in order to get to know us a little better. Then, attend one of our Newcomer Orientation Sessions led by one of our ministers. There is no need to sign up, so come join us when you can. At the orientation, or anytime thereafter, you can let a minister or membership volunteer know that you are interested in becoming a member and they can sign you up.