Who you might see when you get here
For a Sunday Service, come to the door on Main Street and step inside. At the base of the steps into the Sanctuary, you’ll be met by a greeter with a name tag who will welcome you to BRUU. If you have children who would be interested in the Religious Education class for their age group, the greeter will help steer them to the appropriate classroom. You are welcome to check it out yourself, and meet the teacher and Sunday Superintendent for that day.
Our entryway is cramped (the building was constructed in 1928), so we encourage everyone to quickly find a seat in the Sanctuary. You’ll notice that we have old-fashioned, traditional wooden pews. Expect people on your left and right to say hello, though occasionally your neighbors may be engrossed in chatting with friends on their other side. Check out the stained glass windows and the banners on the wall, and notice how we create a setting for worship without using common religious icons.
Our Sunday Service Moderator starts with announcements, followed by a call to worship when we light the chalice. During the service, you may see our Music Director, Minister, and one or more choirs. The greeters will pass the collection plate. We encourage guests who would like more contact with BRUU to place the Visitor Information Form into the collection basket.
During the opening hymn or collection, we invite people to go to the front of the Sanctuary and light a candle, as a way to share Joys and Concerns silently. You’ll be able to see a significant percentage of the congregation, without having to look around. You’ll also see individuals stand up after the sermon during our Polylogue section of the service. That’s when the ushers will bring a microphone to people in the congregation, so they can comment on how they feel/think about the topic. At BRUU, we incorporate discussion into the structure of our Sunday Services. Conversation is a two-way street between the speaker and the congregation, and among different people in the congregation.
At the end of the Sunday Service, we join hands with our neighbors in the pew and sing “May we go with peace and love, and share them with the world, amen.”
After the close of the service, everyone is invited to Fellowship Hour to mingle over coffee, tea, and snacks. Religious Education classes end when the Sunday Service is over. After class, children are able to play with their peers in the Activity Room, allowing adults time to meet with each other.