Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church strives to be an intentionally inclusive community, and that’s reflected in our relaxed atmosphere. Some people wear their “Sunday best,” while others wear something comfortable and casual. People often bring coffee cups into the sanctuary, and, while we ask you to silence phones and other devices, we also encourage you to leave them on so that you can reach out to others while you’re here. Children are always welcome, and there is a “comfort room” so you can get away from the stimulus of the sanctuary. The sound from the service is broadcast into that room so that there’s no need to miss anything.
Contact us if you would like more information on our church.
What to Expect When You Visit
Sunday Services are typically at 9:15 am and 11:15 am from mid-September to mid-May and 10 am during the summer, but please check the Church Calendar to find the exact times. Services are usually led by one of our ministers but lay involvement is deep and collaborative. Explore our photo gallery to see our church in action.
Services usually feature:
The lighting of the chalice, the symbol of our free faith
Music – from Bach to the Beatles, Ragtime to Rachmaninoff
Readings – taken from a wide range of sources
Silent reflection, meditation, or prayer
A sermon or homily that explores Unitarian Universalist principles
An opportunity to share joys and concerns with the congregation
Parking ( map )
Parking is available in our lot on Fendall Avenue (also known as Edgewood Lane) across the street from the church. Two spots are reserved for visitors. On-street parking is also available on many of the surrounding streets on Sundays even though it is restricted on weekdays. Handicapped parking is in front of the Fendall Avenue entrance.
Friendly faces are here to meet you as you come in to church through the doors on Fendall Avenue or Rugby Road. Stop by the Greeter’s Table outside the sanctuary for help and materials or to complete a visitor’s card so that we can send you more information.
Religious Education and Summer Co-op
Religious Education and nursery care are available for children and teens during the school year (Fall through Spring). During the summer, our Summer Co-op is an opportunity for your children to have fun and play with other children their age. Leia Durland-Jones, our Director of Lifespan Faith Development, or other education staff and teachers will be there to greet you.
After Each Service
Join us for a coffee hour in the social hall and stop by the Connections table there to learn more or to be introduced to others at church. The order of service handed out in the sanctuary lets you know about our many activities on Sundays and throughout the week.
There Is No Dress Code
You may find sweaters and blue jeans, a shirt and tie or casual dress or skirt and blouse, or “Sunday Best” attire. We want you to come however you feel most comfortable.
Access For Those With Disabilities
Parking is available in front of the Fendall Avenue door by the entrance ramp. Ramps and wide doors make most of our facility fully accessible. A new elevator makes the rest of our church building available to all.
After Your Visit
You are welcome to participate in all church events. Young adults (18-35) usually meet for lunch after the second service coffee hour. A number of worship groups meet after Sunday services or during the week, and they are open to everyone. We also have many social justice and community groups and activities that welcome new participants. There are many easy volunteer opportunities where you can meet people. Learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our work in the community by joining in.
We hold an orientation session for newcomers four times a year after the second church service on a Sunday in October, January and April and after the single Sunday service in July. Watch the News, Church Calendar and the order of service announcements for details. Orientations last about an hour and a half and include a light lunch.
Becoming a Church Member
Once you have explored our church, we welcome you to make a formal commitment to this faith and this community by signing our membership book. This book, stored in a glass-topped box at the side of the sanctuary, contains the names of all who have joined since the church was founded in 1946.
When you are ready to become a member, please approach a minister or one of the Membership Committee at the Connections table in the social hall after Sunday services. They will help you sign the membership book and fill out a yellow card for our records. You can also fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
What Does Church Membership Mean
Members are expected to:
- Participate in the life of the church through attending services and participating in congregational meetings.
- Deepen your values and spiritual development through faith development classes and small groups as well as on your own.
- Serve the church by sharing your ideas, talents, and interests, whether for you that means singing in the choir, participating in worship, teaching a class, working on the buildings or in the grounds, being active in social justice, or organizing a social event.
- Pledge and contribute generously. Members make an annual pledge, a written financial commitment that reflects their personal situation as well as what the church means to them. Then, after the pledging, comes the payment – members are expected to pay their pledge in a timely manner so the church can meet its ongoing obligations as well. When circumstances change and you cannot meet your pledge, it is very helpful if you let a minister know.
Let us contact you
Have questions? Planning a visit? Let us know using the form below. We are glad to email with you.