Members, Friends, & Seekers

Seekers

During those first few connections you have with our church, perhaps at an event, a worship service, on Facebook, or by browsing our website, you are a seeker - that you are searching for spirituality, meaning, connection, hope. We, in turn, seek to welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your dreams.

Friends

As a friend of First Universalist Church of Yarmouth who has begun attending services, programs, or events regularly, you are welcome to participate in the worship life and community of our church. We look forward to seeing you at Sunday morning worship service, welcome your children and youth into our programs, and hope you will consider participating in our adult discussion and education groups, fundraisers, and social justice opportunities. Most of our friends contribute financially to the church in order to support the continuation of our worship services and programs.

Members

When you join in membership, you will be part of this vital, liberating institution that stands for the worth and dignity of all people, the health of our planet, and the conscious care of our neighbors. You will be declaring your commitment to standing on the side of love, creating peace, and welcoming all. You will belong to a greater spiritual movement of creators who bring about positive change in our world. Our community will be enriched by your fellowship.

Members also enjoy the following:
  • Having your voice heard as you influence and shape our church life by utilizing your right to vote in the Annual Meeting at our church held every June.
  • The invitation to sit down with our Minister to discuss your needs, challenges, gifts, and joys as they pertain to your spiritual life. This includes pastoral counseling in regards to life transitions.
  • Leadership and growth opportunities as chairs of committees or joining the Board of Trustees.
  • Acknowledgement and a welcome gift at our Member Recognition Service held in May.
  • A subscription to UU World magazine, the national journal of our Unitarian Universalist Association.
  • Reduced rates for holding your wedding ceremony at First Universalist and free of charge memorial services.
Members join our community in covenant and agree to:
  • Affirm the values of Unitarian Universalism as described in the Seven Principles.
  • Give of their time, talent, and treasure in support of our Beloved Community.
  • Participate in the nurturing of our fellowship through compassion, openness, imagination, and generosity.

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Pathway for Seekers & Friends

We encourage seekers and friends to learn more about First Universalist as a spiritual home, a place for justice work, and an inclusive community. Join us for events where you can learn about Unitarian Universalism and our church and we can come to know you and your spiritual journey:

Q&A with the Minister

Rev. Jennifer Emrich facilitates a question and answer session on our faith, principles, programs, and community. Adults will be provided with a light lunch. Children are welcome to join members of our senior youth group to play games.

Newcomer Potluck and Social

Hosted at members' homes, these warm, friendly, and casual potlucks provide an opportunity for newcomers and current members to socialize in smaller groups.

Our Spiritual Journeys - Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12 pm

Beginning with the opportunity to share our spiritual journeys, friends then have the option to participate in a small book signing ceremony where they become official members and part of First Universalist's historic record of membership. Our newest group of members, supported and welcomed by our Board of Trustees, will celebrate their joining.

Member Recognition Sunday - May 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

Our newest members, outstanding volunteers, and our church community participate in a worship service of recognition and honor. We bestow gifts and the congregation is officially introduced to our newest members.

To find our more information, register for any of these events, or be connected with the Member Services Committee, please contact Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com.

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Membership Eligibility

  • All persons 16 years or older are eligible for membership.
  • While we adhere to no religious creed, it is important that our members have a basic understanding of what it means to affirm and promote our Principles and Purposes. This covenant is how we agree to behave together in joyful community.
  • Members agree to receive the gifts of a spiritual community and to give, in the ways that they are able, of their time, talent, and treasure.