What to Expect on Sunday

When and where are services held?

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Services are held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and typically last until 11:40 p.m.

Our address is 2359 West Ingomar Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Click here for a MAP


What are Sunday services like?

inside-sanctuary-3Our Sunday services are a great way to begin to get to know us better. Services focus on a wide variety of religious, philosophical, personal, and social issues.

Sunday services typically include music, meditation and prayer, hymns, readings, and a sermon. They are led by our minister, our musicians, and a weekly Lay Leader. Occasionally, services are led by a congregant or visiting speaker or minister. We invite you to come visit us and see if our open-minded, liberal religion feels right for you.


Is your church really a former dairy barn?

9938139606_6fadb30a3f_kYes! Though it is hard to tell from the inside, 50 years ago, a group of people spinning a church of First Unitarian Church downtown bought an old dairy barn and converted it into a church. Since then there have been several renovations and additions, but we are quite proud of our building’s unique history.


What should I wear to church?

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Dress however you are comfortable. Some people dress casually and some people dress up a little. Wear whatever makes you feel relaxed and at home.


Is the church accessible for those with disabilities?

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Yes. Our church is accessible in many ways to those with disabilities and special needs:

  • Ramp and an elevator to our upstairs
  • Large print orders of service are available
  • Hearing assist receivers are available. We have a hearing loop for those with compatible hearing aids
  • Handicapped parking and Sunday morning curbside assistance provided by Greeters
  • Wheelchairs and walkers are available
  • We have a lift to access the second floor
  • Gender neutral restrooms may be found on the second floor
  • Interested in attending a program or activity in the church but require childcare Contact Childcare Coordinator, Jen Halperin at childcare@uucnh.org
  • Do you need transportation to attend church activities? Contact Helping Hands Chair Sandy Faulkner at sfaulk50@aol.com


Are children welcome?

Of course!

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Is there child care or Sunday School during church?

Child care is available for younger children during services. Religious Education classes are available for children ages preschool and up.

 

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If my child doesn’t separate well, can my child stay with me during the service?

Your child is always welcome to stay with you during the worship service. If your child becomes restless, you may want to sit in Friendship Hall where you can listen to the service on the speakers.


Are there people in the congregation who hold diverse beliefs?

Unitarian Universalists affirm a diversity of religious ideas and support spiritual development guided by freedom, reason, and conscience. We are united more by shared values than specific personal theologies.


Can I be involved in activities, even if I’m not a member?

Membership is not a requirement to take part in activities: art and music, child and adult religious education classes, social action, and good old-fashioned socializing are open to all.


Will someone try to “sell me” on your church?

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We want to make every visitor feel welcomed and comfortable. We might be friendly, but we do not believe that coercion or pressure should ever play a part in someone’s religious decision making process.


How can I learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills and Unitarian Universalism?

Please stop by our visitors center and pamphlet racks next to the entry way. You can sign our visitors book and receive our monthly newsletter and/or our weekly e-news. You can also sign up for these here on the website. The “About Us Section of this website has a lot more information about our church (link here) or the resources page has a lot of sites about Unitarian Universalism (link here).

Please note that UUCNH offers a Meet the Church session about every two months which are a chance to ask questions, meet a few people, and learn more about the church and Unitarian Universalism. If you would like more information about how to become a member, visit or Path to Membership process page here.

We’re glad that you’ve found your way to UUCNH.

How do I meet other people? How do I get involved?

Attend a service and stop by the Visitor Table in the foyer. Stay for coffee and conversation following the service. Sign up for a class in Adult Education. Join a fellowship group. Work with a committee. Talk to the minister. Contact a member of the Connections Team. There are lots of ways to get involved in the life of the congregation.