Path to membership at UUCNH2022-03-02T09:24:40-05:00

UUCNH – Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills

Path to Membership at UUCNH

Post COVID Plans

We are living in crazy times.  At UUCNH, we believe that we need to keep one another safe and we suspended live worship from March 2020 until October of 2021.  We also stopped all in-person meetings. We are now meeting virtually as well as in-person and we invite you to join us.  Our small group programs are being conducted virtually as well.

So we have a path to participation in our church for you to follow in these extraordinary times.

You are always welcome at UUCNH. We are embracing of many beliefs, welcoming of all genders and sexual orientations, and accessible to people of all abilities.

Sunday Services

Each week at 10.30 AM on Sunday we meet at the church and live stream the service virtually using YouTube.  Visitors are always welcome to attend our services –  either physically or virtually. For those attending the service physically you need to be vaccinated and you need to wear a mask.

After the service is over we offer a virtual coffee hour so you can meet others. In the Zoom coffee hour, we interact with each other in small breakout rooms, for easier and more intimate conversation.

Small Group Meetings

We have many ways to gather in small groups and get to know others in a more intimate setting.

A Covenant Group is a type of small group ministry, in which 6-10 people meet twice a month.  The facilitated group discusses relevant topics from a shared curriculum. Each meeting begins with a chalice lighting and opening reading, followed by brief check-ins. According to the group’s initially agreed-upon covenant, the members discuss the topic introduced by the facilitator. Toward the end of the meeting, at check-out time, group members have the opportunity to offer their parting thoughts. After the closing reading, the chalice is extinguished. The groups reform each September.

In addition, we have many Fellowship Groups, though many are on hiatus during COVID. These groups include: Bocce, Book discussion group, Break forth ensemble, Chair yoga, Choir,  Coffeehouse, Craft group, Families group, Quilting group, Ukulele group, Zoom with UUCNH friends. For now, all groups that can are meeting by Zoom.

Path to Membership

Meet the Church

Informal sessions held after church. After coffee hour, we gather via Zoom to meet one another, watch a video, have an open-ended question and answer time, and share a little more about this church and Unitarian Universalism. This will be scheduled whenever we have a group of 3-4 interested. Contact the Connections Team.

Exploring the Path to Membership

If you have an interest in learning more about Unitarian Universalism or are interested in knowing what it means to be a member of our Church, this longer class is for you. We cover a number of topics and there are opportunities to learn, ask questions, and share your thoughts. This will be scheduled whenever we have a group of 3-4 interested. Contact the Connections Team.

Signing the Book and Membership Sunday

Becoming a voting member of UUCNH requires signing the Membership Book usually during a special Sunday Service. Anyone interested in signing the Membership Book during the church closure can contact Rev. Jane Thickstun.

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Why not join us for worship this week?

We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history, and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace. In the North Hills of Pittsburgh, we are a beacon for hope and acceptance.

We welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries, and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith. Get involved with our progressive religious community in the North Hills of Pittsburgh!

Frequently Asked Questions for our community

What are the current COVID-19 Guidelines?2022-05-04T13:28:53-04:00

Church Reopening on Sunday Mornings 

Effective Sunday, October 3, 2021, UUCNH will reopen for Sunday morning services.  Services will still be available via live stream, as will virtual coffee hour.  For those that want to attend in person, PLEASE REVIEW THE COMPLETE IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE POLICY by CLICKING HERE.


 

What are Sunday Services Like?2021-11-01T16:30:57-04:00

Our 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.

When and where are services held?2021-11-01T16:32:09-04:00

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. During the COVID Pandemic and/or until our building is reopened you can view our online services thru YouTube by CLICKING HERE.

Services are immediately followed by Isolation-Buster Zoom Coffee Hour by CLICKING HERE

Where is Our Location and Directions2021-11-01T16:33:42-04:00

Directions from Pittsburgh:

Take Rt. 279 North out of the city. After approximately 13 miles Rt. 279 will merge with Rt. 79 North. Take Exit #73 (Wexford). Get in the far right lane as you exit and turn right at the light onto Rt. 910 (Wexford Bayne Road).  Take the first immediate right onto Brandt School Road. Go 2.6 miles and turn right onto West Ingomar Road. The entrance to the church is approximately one-half mile down the road on the right.

 

Directions from North:
Take Rt. 79 South to Exit #73 (Wexford). Make a left onto Rt. 910 (Wexford Bayne Road).  At the second light make a right onto Brandt School Road. Go 2.6 miles and turn right onto West Ingomar Road. The entrance to the church is approximately one-half mile down the road on the right.

 

Directions from South:
Take Rt. 79 North to Exit #73 (Wexford). Get in the far right lane as you exit and turn right at the light onto Rt. 910 (Wexford Bayne Road).  Take the first immediate right onto Brandt School Road. Go 2.6 miles and turn right onto West Ingomar Road. The entrance to the church is approximately one-half mile down the road on the right.

 

Directions from Rt. 19 (McKnight Road):
Take Rt. 19 (McKnight Road) north through the business district and pass Ross Park Mall and McIntyre Square. You will pass Lowe’s on your left, then Outback Steakhouse on your left. Soon after, you will see an exit on the right for North Park. Take the very next exit on the right (towards Wexford, Ingomar Road). Go approximately 2 miles (you will pass Ingomar Elementary School on  your right and Kuhn’s Market on your left) and make a slight right to stay on West Ingomar Road. At the first stop sign, make a left to remain on West Ingomar Road. The entrance to the church is approximately one-half mile down the road on the right.

Is your church really an old dairy barn?2021-11-01T16:35:09-04:00

Yes! 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.

Is the church accessible for those with disabilities?2022-01-19T11:57:17-05:00

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

  • 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, Dana Poss or fill out our Childcare Request Form.
  • Helping Hands can assist with your needs during this Pandemic, but please fill out our Pandemic Request Form and someone will be in contact with you.
How can I learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills?2022-01-08T13:09:20-05:00

Please stop by our visitors center and pamphlet racks next to the entryway. You can sign our visitor’s 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. The resources page has a lot of sites about Unitarian Universalism. 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. We’re glad that you’ve found your way to UUCNH.

How do I meet other people?2021-11-01T16:40:17-04:00

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.

Are my beliefs welcome?2021-11-01T16:41:05-04:00

We embrace diversity of religious background and belief. Here you are affirmed for who you are. And challenged to become your best self. Here you can grow and change within a community of faith that grows and changes with you, that asks tough questions and offers real service, that helps you to live a more meaningful life.

Former UUA President, Peter Morales says, “I like to call Unitarian Universalism a religion that is beyond belief. We won’t ask you to try to believe what you find unbelievable. We do challenge ourselves to be faithful to our highest aspirations and to our most deeply held convictions.”

Are Children Welcome?2021-11-01T16:43:12-04:00

Of course – but please keep current with our COVID policy

Is there Child Care or Sunday School during church2022-01-19T11:59:01-05:00

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

If my child doesn’t separate well, can my child stay with me during the service?2021-11-01T16:46:03-04:00

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.

Upcoming Services

The Interdependent Web

May 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Our 7th Principle is “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” This is the last of the services on the principles, and the 7th is one of the [...]

Gun Violence Prevention

May 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

CeaseFire PA will join us for this memorial day weekend service.

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