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. from September through mid-June.
How will I get to know people? How will they get to know me?
We’d love to learn more about newcomers and what your interests are. 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. Feel free to ask questions of any of us, and we’ll ask questions of you as we go through the process of getting to know each other together.
WE LOVE OUR BUILDING!
We love giving tours to make everyone feel right at home. Please speak to one of the Ushers or the Greeter, all of whom you will see as you enter the Sanctuary before Worship, and let them know you’d like a tour. Or, call our office and ask for a tour to be arranged ahead of time, if you’d like.
Tell me about the minister at MUUC…
We have posted some information about our Minister, Rev. Susanne Intriligator, on our website. Check it out!
We’d love to introduce you to our Music Director, our Religious Education Professional, our Church Administrator, and our Property Project Manager as well. Please click HERE to link to that staff information.
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.
Click HERE for detailed maps, directions, parking, and public transportation information.
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, and our Midweek Update email, which includes a link to our monthly e-newsletter, The Lightbearer (you can see online copies of the newsletter HERE). Want to get The Lightbearer and Midweek Update in your email in-box? Signup HERE! Or, you can sign the Guest Book in the church entrance, include your email address and indicate with a check mark that you would like to receive these emails.
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 Professional, Katie Camire, to discuss our Church School (send email to dre [at] melroseuu [dot] org, and be sure to include your email contact information). Church School meets regularly from September to June. On most Sundays the children (pre-K through Middle School) start Worship upstairs with the adults before heading downstairs to their classrooms, right after a “Time For All Ages” story-time. Click HERE for more information about Religious Education for children.
There are activity boxes that can keep small hands busy during Worship. Click HERE for more information about kids activity boxes.
The Nursery is fully supplied, staffed, and ready for toddlers, babies and parents. Please click HERE for detailed information.
The High School youth group meets every-other Sunday afternoon at 12:00.
What else should I know about MUUC?
Impact to the Wider Community:
Every Sunday, an offering is collected during the service. The church donates half of the 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 over a decade ago, MUUC has contributed thousands of dollars to many worthwhile local organizations.
Social-Fun and Social-Justice:
We also have a very active Hunger Ministry, which addresses hunger from many different angles, including Food Boxes during School Vacations, donating to local Food Pantries, and serving meals through Bread of Life in Malden. We have an active commitment to Social Justice, and we are a UUA-certified Green Sanctuary and Welcoming Congregation.
We have many activities throughout the year, including informal pot-lucks, environmental films open to the public, marches in Boston supporting social justice issues, game and trivia nights, serving community dinners, meditation, quilting, talent shows, annual retreats, and religious programming for adults and children. Check out our Past Events to see what we’ve been up to.
Please look through our website, and feel free to ask an MUUC member (look for our name-tags!) any questions which will help your first days with us be welcoming.
We are so glad you’re here!