At First Church, we recognize major life passages through services of child dedication, weddings, services of union, and memorial services.
Services of Child Dedication are usually performed by one of our ministers during a Sunday morning worship service. Dedications are appropriate for children aged three and under. About the dedication ceremony, Rev. Dittmar has said, “Prior to the service, I enjoy meeting with the family to discuss their hopes and fears, as well as any changes that have taken place. Families are encouraged to add readings or gifts that will make the service meaningful for them. Based on our meeting a service is specially written for each family.”
Weddings and Services of Union
Our sanctuary offers a lovely setting for services, although our minister sometimes joins couples in private homes or outdoor ceremonies. If the service is held at the church there are a variety of arrangements that need to be made with the keyboardist, custodial staff and office administrator. It is best to schedule your wedding date six months in advance to insure the availability of the minister and the sanctuary. Due to the number of requests, not all services for non-members can be accommodated. Other UU churches and/or clergy may be recommended.
The death of a loved one is a time of powerful emotions and change. Memorial services are a great comfort. At First Church we honor those who have died with a celebration of life, a service that shares their life and meaning. Our minister meets with families once or twice to talk about their loved one and to plan a service. Careful attention is given to pastoral care and each unique expression of grief. Families are encouraged to choose meaningful readings and music. Eulogies are specially written for each person.