What to Expect on Your First Visit
We recognize the uncertainty that often comes with entering a place for the first time, and offer these words to help smooth the way for your first visit to Unity of Fairfax. Once you have parked (reserved visitor's spots are available), come in the front door where a greeter will welcome you and help you make a nametag if you wish. If you bring children to the 11 am service, the greeter will direct you to the classroom where children are signed into Sunday School. At the conclusion of the service, the children are brought into the Sanctuary for a brief dialog about what they learned that day. You will sign them out at that time. Alternately, your children are welcome to stay with you during the service. The Youth of Unity (14-18 year olds) generally do not participate in the Sunday service unless they are making presentation or it is a Sunday in which there are no youth programs so that the church may worship together as one body. At the beginning of the service, the minister will ask if there are any newcomers and (if you’re comfortable doing so) to raise a hand so that ushers may deliver a welcome folder and carnation. Our Sunday services are best summed up as “music, meditation, message.” The music will vary between our in-house band (New Day), the choir, guest performers/soloists, and some congregation-wide singing which will always have the lyrics projected on screen. A guided meditation will last 5-10 minutes, followed by the minister’s main message. You can listen to a recent message or two from our archive of Podcasts. We invite you to join us after the service for coffee and light refreshments in the atrium. Here you'll have a chance to meet others, ask questions, and pick up materials about upcoming events and ongoing activities within our spiritual community.
A Personal Perspective of UnityUnity of Fairfax member Karen Skelton explains Unity to newcomers:
“So tell me about this Unity place you attend; what’s that all about?”
“Well, Unity appears like a non-denominational Christian church in some ways: each location is independent, is led by an ordained minister, holds Sunday services, etc. But what distinguishes it for me are a few things:
- It’s a place to learn and grow spiritually without the traditional religious dogma and creeds that I find to be divisive.
- People here encourage you to ask questions.
- It’s as much a school as it is a church."