Every week following our Sunday worship service, members of our congregation head from the Sanctuary to our Parish Hall for coffee, tea, snacks, and conversation. When the weather is warmer, we hold Social Hour outside in our lovely courtyard. Adult volunteers and paid Senior Youth assistants act as hosts. Social Hour offers the opportunity for conversation on an unlimited number of topics. There are special greeters who reach out to visitors to insure that all feel welcome. Social Hour generally runs from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm, and includes both children and adults.
Deeper connections are often forged during social activities outside of regular Sunday hours. Potluck dinners offer visitors and new members a chance to get to know church members and learn more about our congregation, while enjoying great food. All are welcome at periodic Crafts & Conversation gatherings, dubbed "crafts and conversation"; we work on individual crafts (knitting, rug hooking, quilting, weaving, mending, among others) and enjoy pleasant conversation. Experienced crafters often give pointers to those who are experimenting! When Religious Education Program leaders arrange outdoor family excursions they always invite the congregation along for fun.
Soup with Friends brings the older members of our congregation together several times a year for conversation and lunch. The group enjoys a half hour discussion led by our minister, followed by a lunch of soup, cheese, bread, and dessert cooked and served by a group of “kitchen elves.” The elves, who are younger adult volunteers, build connections while working and eating together in the kitchen. The older participants enjoy being served and connecting with one another in our Parish Hall.
Each December, we celebrate the Winter Solstice with food, song, and crafts. At this multi-generational gathering, we listen to stories about the ways in which different cultures have reckoned with the darkest days across the ages.
For information about any of these activities, please contact the UU Wellesley office HERE.