We welcome newcomers and would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you might have about the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church or about Unitarian Universalism in general. Our Sunday Services start at 10:30 a.m.
How will I get to know people? How will they get to know me?
Every Sunday Worship Service is followed by ‘Coffee Hour’ in our Parish Hall right next to the Sanctuary. Please take a name-tag and join in by having a cup of coffee or tea in a colorful mug which will easily identify you as a visitor and signals to all of us that you wish to be greeted!
Tell me about the minister at MUUC…
We have posted some information about our interim minister, Rev. Anita Farber-Robertson, on our website. Check it out!
How do I get to MUUC?
We are located at 70 West Emerson Street in Melrose (westerly off Main Street), and we are directly across from the Melrose Public Library.
We have a small parking lot on the side of the building with a wheelchair-accessible ramp and dedicated accessible parking. There is ample on-street parking for Sunday services.
For public transportation, there is bus service (#136 / #137 every day, including limited hourly service on Sundays) from Oak Grove Subway Station on the Orange Line, and on the Commuter Rail (Haverhill) Line from North Station, the Cedar Park stop is right down the street.
How should I stay informed about what’s going on at MUUC?
We have our MUUC Website, our official “Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church” Facebook page, our Midweek Update email, and our monthly newsletter, The Lightbearer, all of which will give you information about current happenings at the church. If you would like to receive the newsletter or the Midweek Update emails, please sign our guest book (located in the church foyer, affectionately known as “Brick Hall”) and include your email address and indicate with a check mark if you would like the newsletter. Alternately, you can email the Church Office or call (781) 665-7504. The newsletter is published monthly during the church year, which runs September to June.
What do people wear to church?
Dress is casual. Jeans and a casual shirt are fine. Some people dress more formally, so you can too, if you want. Kids should wear something they can play in.
What about Religious Education for my kids?
We encourage you to contact our Religious Education Committee to discuss our Church School. Church School meets regularly from September to June On most Sundays the children (pre-K through Middle chool) start Worship upstairs with the adults before heading downstairs to their classrooms. The Nursery is also located downstairs and has plenty of toys and comfy seating for babies and parents. For smaller children, there are activity boxes in the top shelf of the coat cupboard in Parish Hall that can be brought into the Sanctuary during the start of the Worship service if your child needs some quiet drawing time. Please return your used activity boxes to bottom of the coat cupboard to be refurbished. For toddlers and infants, in addition to the Nursery, if you feel that you must leave the Sanctuary for any reason, there is a speaker in our Parlor, with comfy chairs, where you can take your little ones. There are also diaper-changing tables in the Nursery (basement-level) and wheelchair-accessible restroom (main floor.) The High School youth group meets every-other Sunday afternoon.
What else should I know about MUUC?
Every Sunday, an offering is collected during the service. Members and many friends make annual “pledges” to help fund the church budget. In addition to these pledges, many people also put loose coins and bills into the collection plate. The church donates half of the loose coins and bills to non-profit organizations that are doing good work in our community and whose works are in keeping with our UU principles. Please see the Giving Beyond Our Walls page for more information about this wonderful program. Since its inception several years ago, MUUC has contributed thousands of dollars to many worthwhile local organizations.
There is a lot of information on our website and Facebook page. We have many activities throughout the year, from informal pot-lucks to environmental films open to the public to annual retreats to formal religious programming for adults and children. Please peruse our online presence, and feel free to ask any MUUC member (look for our name-tags!) any questions which will help your first days with us be welcoming.
We are glad you’re here!