Worship at United Church of Chapel Hill
Please wear a mask in worship, gatherings, and public spaces of the building (except when eating and drinking).
Festival Worship with communion begins at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. Festival Worship is a traditional worship service, featuring scripture and a sermon and a variety of music.
La Mesa with communion begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. La Mesa will meet at 11 a.m. in the Assembly Hall for the summer (beginning July 3, 2022). La Mesa is a bilingual worship service enhancing the diversity, spirituality, and faith of people in a radically welcoming and inclusive space where the table of the Lord becomes the sacred meeting space.
Childcare is available for infant to elementary-age children on Sunday mornings. Children and youth are welcome in both worship services. Worship bags, with resources for children, are offered in the sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall. A Children’s Moment is offered most Sundays before the sermon in the Festival Service- children of all ages are welcome to join us at the front of the sanctuary for this special time!
We believe that the Lord’s Table is truly God’s Table and that Christ is the host. The Table of the Lord is open to all who wish to eat at the table with Christ and in fellowship with others. We come forward, taking a piece of bread and individual cup, to receive communion. If you are not able to come forward for communion, please raise your hand and communion will be brought to you.
Baptism is the symbolic entry into the Church of Jesus Christ. It is a personal and community celebration and thus typically performed in the context of a worship service. While our primary tradition is infant baptism, we know there are families whose tradition is waiting for individuals to make that decision themselves. Thus, we offer adolescents a confirmation/discipleship class to confirm those who were previously baptized and to prepare those for baptism who now wish to become disciples of Christ. We also offer adult baptism.
Fellowship time follows the services in the Fellowship Hall and on the lawn. Coffee, cold drinks, and small snacks are served.
The pre-recorded “Worship of the Living God” and livestreamed La Mesa services can be found on our YouTube channel. Livestreaming and/or recordings of the Festival service will be available soon.
Below are additional worship elements that we enjoyed pre-COVID.
Taizé Service (7:00pm on the second Sunday of each month)
Taizé is a style of Christian worship that originated in Taizé, France 75 years ago. It is woven with Christian song and chants, interspersed with prayerful silence, scripture reading, more song, more prayer, and more silence. Please join us in the Sanctuary.
We offer healing prayer by laying on hands during communion. Worshipers are invited to ask for prayer for themselves or for someone they know.