When You Visit
Thank you for visiting us on the Internet. Now come visit us in person on a Sunday morning!
Arriving the First Time
Our Sunday service begins at 10:00 am. If you are bringing children for the first time, try to arrive about 15 to 20 minutes earlier. That way, you can meet the teachers and tour the classroom before the service.
And we don’t have a dress code. We wear anything from jeans to more traditional wear. Most of us are just going for casual and comfortable.
We are located at 3215 Powder Mill Road in Adelphi. If you’re driving, we have ample parking in our parking lot. If you’re traveling by public transportation, on Sundays, Metro’s R2 bus, Calverton/Fort Totten, stops just outside our parking lot entrance.
As you walk from the parking lot onto our deck, you can expect to be greeted by a member of our Board of Trustees serving as a Greeter. He or she will be happy to answer any questions and point you toward the Meeting House (the building you see above), where our service will be held. As you enter, someone at the Welcome Table will greet you, offer you our Welcome! Brochure, and ask if you’d like to fill out a nametag so we can greet you by name. The Greeter will also ask if you’d like to sign the Newcomers Log, so that you can receive our newsletter and provide feedback on your Sunday experience with us.
Ushers at the doors from the lobby will offer you a Sunday bulletin, which contains information about the morning's service and announcements, as well as background information about our church and faith tradition. The ushers can also direct you to the restrooms, coat-rack, and water fountain. If you arrive late, don't worry--the ushers will point out available seating.
Your Child’s First Visit
Beyond the Meeting House is the Religious Exploration (RE) Building where nursery care is provided from 9:45 am to 12:45 pm and programming for children and youth takes place. Please stop in at the RE Office (down the window-wall hallway, third door on the left) or ask around for Carla Miller, director of our children’s programming. She or a volunteer will welcome you and orient you to the children/youth program for your child. Then he/she will direct you to the locations of our age-group classes so that you’ll know where to find your child after the service. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with where your child will be, you and your child should come back to the Meeting House for the start of the service.
Worship Service Together Time
Together Time is the first 15 minutes of each Sunday service when both adults and children come together as our congregation. During this time we have music, a communal welcome, chalice lighting, and a story that the children are encouraged to participate in. The story emerges from the contents of the Wonder Box, whose objects are used to encourage us all to ponder issues and situations that will be carried over into that day’s Sunday lesson. After Together Time, the children and their teachers leave during what we call a Sing-Away Song -- the congregation sings to the children as they leave for their classes in our education Building. You are welcome to accompany them and remain in the classroom with your child or return to the Meeting House for the rest of the service. Staying with your baby or toddler in the nursery is also okay. Do what you need to do for your family to enjoy their first visits.
After the Service
The minister will look forward to meeting you in the foyer after the service. Feel free to mingle with the members to ask questions about the service or any other aspect of our church. Please visit the Welcome Table if you haven't signed up for our newsletter on the yellow Newcomers Log and pick up any literature that interests you. On display will be our most recent newsletter and brochures about Unitarian Universalism, faith journeys, and public issues of concern to the congregation.
Coffee, tea, and conversation are available after each Sunday service. Feel free to ask questions of the people you meet. If your children are in the other building, feel free to check on them or pick them up.
Enrichment Hour 11:45 am-12:45 pm
During Enrichment Hour we offer a variety of pre-scheduled activities for adults and children -- book discussions, topical discussions, movies, speakers, etc. We routinely have multi-generational birthday parties and events for children and adults. Enrichment Hour events are listed in the Sunday bulletin, so be sure to look for them. Parents who plan to stay for Enrichment Hour are asked to pack a lunch and beverage for their child and sign in with the caregiver for the appropriate age group.
We hope you will attend several times and soon decide that Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church is the religious community and spiritual home you were seeking.