When and Where
New U sessions are orientation and information meetings for new UUs (and interested old UUs). They are intended for anyone who wants to learn more about Unitarianism and the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, and for everyone who is interested in joining our church now or maybe later.
There are two sessions each year, held on a Saturday from 9:15 to 2:30. New U in a Day introduces Unitarian history and theology along with the story of our own church and a tour of the buildings and grounds. It’s a great time to get to know other newcomers and church members and to explore your own beliefs.
New U in Day attendees who wish to do so may join the church by signing the Membership Book during an Informational Breakfast meeting held 2 or 3 weeks later.
Come to NEW U in a Day, Saturday February 4, 9:15 am – 2:30 pm, Fireside Room. Coffee and Muffins at 9:00 am, a light lunch provided. Attendance is encouraged prior to becoming a UCV member. Interested current members also welcome. Registration forms available at the Welcome Table or church office. Babysitting requests 2 weeks in advance. Questions, contact Dianne Crosbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office 604 261-7204.
Making the Decision to Join
After a New U session, many people decide to join the church. Some do not. Some still want to come for a while before deciding on membership. All of you are welcome.
Here is what happens after each New U session:
- Participants who wish to become members are welcome to sign the church membership book.
- Each new member has a get-acquainted meeting with the parish minister, Reverend Steven Epperson.
- We recognize new members during a Sunday morning service.
- The Canvass Committee supplies new members with information about pledging a financial contribution.
We do want to say up front that membership means a lot to Unitarians. The challenge and power of governance belongs to the congregation. Together, members participate in the democratic process to determine the direction, budget, and priorities of the church. We are a fully self-supporting, non-profit organization. This congregational polity is a cornerstone of Unitarian history and is treasured as both a right and a duty.
“Because I am a member, I don’t just warm a pew – I participate in the process of being a church.”