A typical worship service includes a greeting, hymns, time for participants to share their stories or concerns, a children’s message, scripture readings, silent prayer and meditation, an offering, a message for adults and instrumental music throughout. We gather after worship for snacks and conversation. This is a great time to catch up with friends, deepen our ties to each other, and get to know new friends. We hope you will join us after worship.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I wear? There is no dress code. Most participants dress “business-casual,” but dressier clothing as well as less-formal clothing are also common. We want you to be comfortable in worship.
- Are visitors recognized? No. We are sensitive to people who want to worship anonymously and more privately. Visitors are not asked to identify themselves.
- Is it okay to just watch? Yes. Not all people feel comfortable singing, standing for hymns or giving an offering. Participants are encouraged to do only what feels comfortable and authentic in worship at UPA.
We celebrate Holy Communion the ﬁrst Sunday of the month. The meal is open to all people of all ages and denominations. Bread (or gluten-free bread) is dipped into grape juice and eaten as a reminder of the way Jesus wanted to be remembered—as the host of a great banquet of love!
We celebrate the baptism of a person of any age during a Sunday morning service. Infant baptism emphasizes God’s early adoption of us into an inheritance of joy and meaning. Older baptism emphasizes conversion and a new orientation to justice and peace. To schedule a baptism, e-mail Pastor Chris: Chris@newtonchurch.org.
The sanctuary and staff are available to members and non-members for services of marriage. Contact the Office Administrator Melissa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sanctuary and Betty Meyer Gallery are available at no cost to members and non-members for memorial and funeral services. Contact the Office Administrator Melissa at 617-964-8516.