What to Expect

The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg (UCH) is a welcoming religious community. No matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or way of sensing or moving in the world, you are welcome.

To prepare for your visit, please check our pages about locations, and service times.

Worship Service at Market Street
Market Street

Doors open to each sanctuary 15 minutes before the worship service begins. Check with an usher about a printed Order of Service (also known as the bulletin), a name tag, accommodations for hard of hearing guests, and the location of volunteer-led childcare for babies and toddlers. Please sign the guest book and indicate if you would be interested in receiving the newsletter.

On most Sundays, school-age children sit with their families in the main worship service for the first fifteen minutes. Following the Message for All Ages, they proceed with adult volunteers to Religious Exploration (RE). In order to build community and excitement, all children up through eighth grade worship, learn, and play together in RE. High School youth meet in an age-focused group on the first and second Sundays of each month, and may attend worship or mentor younger children in RE on the other Sundays.

On multigenerational Sundays (about once a month), children and youth stay in the main worship service with their families for the entire hour. Multigenerational Sundays are designed with the needs of the whole community in mind, and generally include movement meditation, engaging music, and embodied rituals. These services are meant to be deep and meaningful for young and old alike.

Clover Lane
Clover Lane

Whether a traditional service or a multigenerational service, worship usually includes hymns, meditation, prayer, choral and/or instrumental music, an opportunity to contribute to the offering, and a homily or sermon. We begin each worship service by lighting a flaming chalice, symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith. Guests are invited to ignore the collection plate. There is NOT an expectation that guests will introduce themselves out loud during the worship service.

Members and friends arrive for worship wearing a variety of clothing styles. The majority attend in casual or business casual dress, wearing jeans or slacks or comfortable dresses. Some are in suits or traditional Sunday best. All are welcome.

After worship services, all are welcome to the social hour downstairs in the Fellowship Hall (at Market Street) or Common Room (Clover Lane). Coffee and tea are available, and often cold beverages and snacks as well.