Programming

Weekly Services

Services are held on Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before Memorial Day. The service usually begins at 11 AM, but check the local newspaper church page on Friday or our Facebook page (no login required). Speakers are chosen from a diverse group and programs may include: social action, environmental issues, history, political issues, human rights, scientific theories or discoveries, personal needs, morality, or community.

Potluck dinner is served each Sunday after the service. Please join us in this long established tradition! (A pancake breakfast is held instead of potluck the first service in the fall.)

Adult Discussion Group

People meet on Sunday at 10am (11am in the summer) for fifty minutes downstairs in the lounge area. The topics for study and discussion are chosen by the group and everyone is encouraged to voice their opinions

Occasionally we have more in-depth discussions and activities and those interested in participating determine a time best suited to their schedules.

Social Justice Documentary and Discussion Series

During the winter months, we invite all UUCW congregants and interested community members to participate in a group focusing on a social justice issue. We view a documentary, pausing at times to discuss the issue.

See our listing in the Willmar paper or our Facebook page (no login required) for times and topics. Topics in the past have included just war principles, children growing up in same-sex-parent families, the right to die, and what congregations can do about global warming.

Children’s RE

All children are welcome!

The goals of the Children’s program are:

  • To appreciate the worth of each person.
  • To work and play cooperatively.
  • To recognize and express their feelings.
  • To explore and celebrate the rich diversity of humankind.
  • To explore and celebrate the natural world and to understand the interconnectedness of all living things.
  • To discover and express a spiritual dimension.

We provide religious education for our middle and high school children at 10:10 AM on Sunday, elementary-aged children meet at 11:15. Like the one room schoolhouse, emphasis is away from the teacher toward our questioning, creative, intuitive children.

The Children’s Room, downstairs off the kitchen, is a place where the children are welcome and should be comfortable at all times.

Infants and toddlers

Infants and toddlers are most comfortable with their parent/guardian and are welcome upstairs during the service or in the infants and toddler room where their parent/guardian can hear the service while the children play. In either case, there is a basket of toddler toys on top of the refrigerator that may be carried upstairs or used downstairs.