If you are new to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF), the information below should help with your first visit. You might plan to arrive a little early to get to know the campus – especially if you’re bringing children. To learn more about events at UUCF, click the What’s happening tab at the top of the website. Click here to subscribe to the Thursday email announcements.
- What do Unitarian Universalists believe?
- When are your services?
- Where are you located?
- What should I wear?
- What will my children do?
- What about my baby?
- Are there classes for adults?
- What should I do when I arrive?
- How large is the congregation?
- What are your services like?
- What if I have other questions?
What do Unitarian Universalists believe?
This video describes Unitarian Universalism and what UUs believe. See more information at “What is a UU?”
Unitarian Universalists believe in loving our neighbors as ourselves, working for a better world, searching for truth with an open mind, using reason to help us explore religious ideas and granting everyone the right to choose their own beliefs. Unitarian Universalism is a way of being religious rather than embracing a specific religious doctrine. We believe individuals are entitled to their own search and that not all people share the same beliefs. Unitarian Universalism draws from many different religions. We believe there is wisdom and value in most all religions, that most have something to teach us, but that no one religion has all the answers. ⇑
When are UUCF services?
Most of the year, from the first Sunday after Labor Day to the end of May, UUCF has two services: Sundays at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. In the summer, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, services are on Sundays at 10 a.m. ⇑
Where is UUCF located?
The address is 2709 Hunter Mill Rd. in Oakton, between Rt. 123 (Chain Bridge Road) and Lawyers Road. When you come into the parking lot, there are designated visitor parking spots up the driveway on your left. There are also several handicapped parking spots in the traffic circle in front of our buildings. You may drive into the circle to drop off passengers. Once you’ve located UUCF, you may find this information about our campus helpful. ⇑
What should I wear?
Most people who attend services and events at UUCF dress casually. Children often go outside for their classes, so please make sure they are dressed for the current weather. ⇑
Summer and special RE at 10 a.m.
There are multi-age groups for age 2 through Grade 8 all summer and Grades 9-12 in June and August. Classes for children and youth are held in the Program Building. Infants and toddlers can go to the Nursery, located in the Sanctuary Building.
On most Sundays, children and youth will spend their full time in the Program Building Chapel worship and Religious Exploration classes. If you are visiting UUCF, your children are welcome to stay with you in the Sanctuary or attend the appropriate class for their age. On the first Sunday of each month, children K-Grade 6 begin in the Sanctuary with their parents/guardians and then go to their classes after about 15 minutes. On all other Sundays, children in Grades 4-6 begin in the Sanctuary and then go to classes, and those in K-3 go to a short worship service in the Chapel of the Program Building before their classes. Preschoolers and Grades 7-12 go straight to class every week. Several weekends each year, usually around holidays when UUCF has special all-ages services, there are no classes and children and youth attend the full service. You are welcome to sit in on your child(ren)’s class or the Chapel worship service any time you would like to. ⇑
What about my baby?
We have paid Nursery staff to care for infants through age 2. The Nursery is located in the Sanctuary Building. You may bring your baby into the service with you or sit with them in the Partner Church Room where the service is live streamed. ⇑
What should I do when I arrive?
Services are held in the Sanctuary Building – the large building on your right as you come in from the parking lot. Please stop inside the main entrance at the Welcome Table for a name tag and visitor information. ⇑
How large is the congregation?
UUCF has more than 1,000 congregants, including members, friends, children and teens. ⇑
What are your services like?
Most UUCF services are professionally led by at least one of the ministers. Services include music and readings and usually a sermon. UUCF is blessed with many talented musicians, so music is a key part of each service. There is also usually quiet time for reflection. Refreshment time follows each service in the Commons area adjacent to the Sanctuary. If you would like to identify yourself as a visitor so that congregants can greet you, please take a green mug for your coffee or tea. ⇑
What if I have other questions?
Please contact the UUCF office, 703-281-4230, if you need more information before or after you visit. ⇑