What You'll See Here

When do the services begin?

You will find Sunday Services every week from September through June at 10:30AM. Services may run anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. Some of us try to arrive 15 minutes early to chat with friends and reconnect. Summer services are more informal and their times will be announced. There is always a time for coffee/tea and conversation following the service for those who wish.

What happens on Sunday Morning?

The first person you will see what you enter the front door is a greeter who will show you where to hang your coat, where the brochures and newsletters are found and where you might choose a seat. 

What our services are like

We hope our services are inclusive, thought-provoking and meaningful. They usually consist of common elements such as opening words, readings, hymns, a sermon or talk, and an offering that lead us through a 90 minute experience of centering, reflecting and returning. Some will resemble those of other churches, others may incorporate expressive activities or ritual. 

Our Music Director almost always invites a professional musician who plays three times in a service. After the closing words we often have a community dialogue where comments and questions of the speaker are invited from the congregation. Coffee, fellowship and conversation is an important feature after every service so plan to spend some time then to get to know us better.

An often-asked question is "What do I wear to a Unitarian Universalist service?"  The answer is it's your choice. Some people like to dress casually in jeans, while others enjoy the opportunity to wear more formal clothing. Don't sweat it, just come and visit.

We encourage a scent-free environment for the health and comfort of all. Please do not use perfumes and other scented products. This is a growing problem and crucially important to many. 


photo by Jon Nelson

Ample parking is available accross the street at the Bay Credit Union. (Please leave room for customers near front of lot.) See map and directions.

Children and Youth

  • Nursery Care is provided for infants to children aged 4 by young adults.
  • Junior Fellowship A religious exploration program is offered to children between the ages of 4 to 12 during the Sunday morning worship services. Our emphasis is on helping our children learn to make well informed and ethical choices in life. We help them learn to think rather than tell them what they should think. 
  • Young Religious Unitarian Universalists(YRUU) Youth ages 13-18 meet with a youth advisor and participate in regional and national gatherings. (Informal in 2014-2015)

Will I be forced to join or convert?

On the contrary. Unitarian Univeralists are open to those of many faiths and we welcome one and all to join in ours. You would never be pressured to join or convert however - in fact, you are encouraged to spend all the time you need before you join, if indeed you do. We want you to be sure that the fit is right for you and your family and to see how well the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism fit with your personal beliefs. Services at Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship are "Lay Lead" - meaning we run them ourselves and invite local speakers and visiting clergy to address us. (In 2014-2015 we have a part-time minister, the Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk who is with us once a month.) Services are so different that you would need a half dozen visits to begin to see the picture of who we are. 

We are happy to discuss membership with you when you decide you are ready.

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