Looking for friendship and spiritual connection? Newcomers are always welcome at UCV
The Vancouver Unitarians are an active and inclusive community dedicated to spiritual growth and social justice. Newcomers are always welcome here. This page outlines a few of the ways you can get involved.
New here? Please click here to fill out a short questionnaire so we can put you in touch with people and information you want
If you’re coming on a Sunday for the first time, you are very welcome and hope you’ll enjoy your time – and ask questions!
Sundays at UCV
Join us, in person or online, on Sunday mornings starting at 11 a.m. Doors to the Sanctuary at 949 W. 49th Ave. open at 10:45a.m. or you can join us online at 11a.m. at the following link: ucv.im/live
We continue to offer multiplatform Sunday services going forward.
The service begins at 11 am. If you’re online, feel free to join in earlier and make use of the YouTube chat function to say “hello” to fellow streamers.
You can sign up to receive weekly orders of service or monthly events listing via email.
Our Sunday Social Hour takes place in person at UCV campus at Oak & 49th. Newcomers are always welcome to drop in!
New U Starting Point
At least twice a year, we hold a short orientation course. Starting Point is a great way to get to know the Vancouver Unitarians, and to find out how you might get more involved in our welcoming community. If you’re interested, sign up here for the next New U Starting Point session.
Watch for announcements in the Order of Service or in the monthly events list about congregational meetings or special discussions called “Forum”. Forums are hosted by our Teams or small groups, and are focused on special topics around the environment, refugee sponsorship, social justice, Board of Trustees, etc.
(Note that mask wearing is recommended and encouraged for all indoor group gatherings. For more information on the UCV’s Board COVID safety decisions and protocols, visit this page.)
Part of any spiritual community is just that–Community! You may be looking for deep, meaningful connections, the chance to build new friendships, or to learn more about Unitarian Universalism. You will find an introduction to ways to connect, grow, deepen, and learn under the “Growing” tab–you can also simply click here.
Families of all sorts, shapes, and sizes, children and teens, are a vibrant and valued element of Vancouver Unitarians. We strive to build supportive community, create fun with meaning, connect with spirit, and act on our Unitarian values with love and justice.
Families in-person at Sunday Worship:
Children are invited to sit and stretch out in our Pray Ground space at the front of the Sanctuary. Colouring, books, puzzles, and stuffed friends are available for calming engagement during the service where kids experience inclusion and belonging in the worship life of the congregation.
Two youth volunteers are present each Sunday to help take the pressure off parents/responsible adults and will accompany any child across to our Spirit Ground room in Hewett Hall or outside for more spirited play if that is what they need. The worship service is streamed live to a large screen TV in the Hall, so adults can still take in the sermon and music across the way while being present for children in your care. Face masks are currently recommended and encouraged indoors for all UCV buildings.
Children’s Group is active mid-September through June. We hold a group for ages 5-9 and another for ages 10-12 from 11:20 to 12:15. See our Fall Programs Recent News post for current details. All children who plan to attend more than once should be registered at ucv.im/REfamily for safety and planning purposes. Regular attendance is the best way to build friendships and comfort in community, but we know that other family activities happen on Sundays as well. We hope to see you often!
Special Programs: special programs and festivities take place throughout the year. Most are for all ages, and some are age specific registered programs. For all ages activity Sundays, any children wishing to participate will be sung out of the Sanctuary after the Story. The Pray Ground and Spirit Ground always remain open.
Youth Group is open to all teens, ages 13-19. We meet on Sundays 1-3pm in the Hitschmanova room in the lower level of Hewett Hall facing the north gardens (by the parking lot). Adult Youth Advisors co-facilitate with youth leaders to plan and attend conferences, initiate projects in the community, explore deep questions, support each other, connect in an inclusive LGBTQ+ positive space, play games and have fun! Drop-in any time and email Olivia Hall, youth program coordinator with any questions.
Contact our Lifespan Director, Kiersten Moore, to receive program and event notices and updates and Olivia Hall, our children and youth program coordinator, for info about our current youth programs and Dungeons and Dragons campaigns for various ages.