What to Expect
Sunday Services: 9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Summer Services at 10 a.m. only (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Our services reveal the heart and soul of our First Unitarian Church of Des Moines community. Through these enlightening, caring, joyful occasions, hearts, minds, and doors are opened. To those of you considering a first time visit, we extend a special welcome and invitation.
When you visit to First Unitarian you’ll be warmly greeted at the door by one of our members. Inside, many people, happy to see each other, join in a flurry of conversations. In the foyer is an array of informational brochures and the Welcome Desk. Here, someone will happily answer any questions you may have. You are also invited to take information and a Connection Card to your seat, should you wish to receive more information, sign up for our email list, or get in touch with a minister or member of staff. Immediately following the Service, you are invited to enjoy refreshments and conversation.
At a typical service you will experience:
- responsive reading as a call to gather, accompanying the lighting of the chalice
- welcome to visitors
- sharing of joys and concerns
- singing of hymns by the congregation
- special music by our choir and/or professional musicians from the church or wider community
- offering to support the community organizations we support
- sermon from our minister or guest speaker
We are an informal congregation. While a few might wear a jacket and tie or dress, others come in clothes suitable for weekend activities. Children are encouraged to dress casually as they may be engaged in arts and crafts or outdoor activities.
At First Unitarian Church you’ll find a vibrant group of religious seekers who have found a common ground where the deepest values of life can be shared. Our growing congregation offers ever-increasing opportunities for life enrichment, spiritual growth, and social justice. Our members and friends are thinking, caring, progressive people of all ages. Interested? Check out other pages on our website to learn more or visit us on Sunday! We invite you to make First Unitarian Church of Des Moines your home church.
For Your Children
Children are always welcome and valued at First Unitarian. It is the parents’ choice whether they would prefer to have their children with them in the services (a Wee Worship area is in the back of the auditorium with quiet toys and books), or playing in the child care room with staff supervision (for ages 4 and under), or attending the regularly scheduled children’s programming (pre-Kindergarten and older).
Faith Formation (Religious Education) during Services: Faith Formation classes are offered during most services (with the exception of a few multi-generational services through the year). Any child or youth attending faith formation classes are invited to sit with their parents during the first few minutes of the service. After the “Story for All Ages,” children will then be dismissed to classes. Child care is always available for infants up to 4 years of age.
Wednesday Evenings: From September through May, programming for children and youth happens on Wednesday nights (including comprehensive sex education, and a Coming of Age program for 8th graders). Child care is available for infants through Pre-K during Wednesday Night Programming
Child care is available for other church programs as requested. If you would like child care to be provided for a church program, please request it online, preferably at least two weeks in advance to ensure we can schedule child care staff.