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
At First Church we rejoice in the union of all loving couples. In order to plan a wedding or service of union at First Church, the first step is to contact one of our ministers to arrange a meeting. During the meeting the couple and the minister will get to know one another, discuss the couple’s relationship, plans for the ceremony, and ideas for the service. A second meeting will be set to finalize service plans. Couples are encouraged to select readings, vows, and music. If interested or needed, couples may be referred for pre-marital counseling.
Our sanctuary offers a lovely setting for services, although our ministers sometimes join 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, sexton, 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. One of our ministers 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.
Services can be held at First Church or in a funeral home. Due to the number of requests, not all services for non-members can be accommodated. If our ministers are unavailable, other UU clergy may be recommended. All services are free for members. Non-members are charged a fee. If you would like to know more, or would like to schedule a service, please contact Rev. Sharon Dittmar at (513) 281-4697 or