December theme – Hope
December 10 Hope in the Face of No Hope
In the story of the miracle of Hanukah, we discover that resistance is one way to keep hope alive. This service will include music inspired by the lighting of the candles on the Menorah, and also will center on the remembrance of 26 lives in Sandy Hook, CT, five years ago.
December 17 Good Yule!
All are welcome to join Sacred Wheel to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Enjoy the story of the Mistletoe and why we kiss under it, and the origin of Santa Claus, followed by an appearance of the jolly old elf himself!
The name Yule derives from one of the many names of Odin, the Norse All-Father. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year, when our planet is at its furthest tilt away from our star. This is cause for celebration, because it means that from now on the days will be longer and the nights shorter!
This multi-generational service is open to everyone and family friendly. Bring the kiddos, and come have a good time learning about our modern Christmas traditions. Afterward, stay for seasonal food and drink and enjoy the warmth of fellowship with Sacred Wheel and Accotink UU church.
December 24 Christmas Eve – 2 Services
We will have two services this Sunday, each unique and open to all ages, each ending with the candlelit singing of “Silent Night.”
10:00am The traditional Accotink Pageant Service, with children and youth telling us the stories of the holiday, and leading us in carol-singing. Brad Rinaldo and Natalie Trainer offer accompaniment.
7:00pm Peace in the Silent Night Rev. Linda leads a service of music, poetry, and story, celebrating the deep joy which is found when a baby is born, a light arises in the night, and the gifts of love are offered. The service will include the UU ceremony of Child Dedication. Brad Rinaldo and a guest soloist provide special music to add to the congregation’s carol singing.
December 31 Auld Lang Syne
Music and ritual will feature this morning service on the New Year’s Eve, led by music director Brad Rinaldo and Nancy Melito.
We have Sunday worship
services at 10:00 a.m.
We welcome all members, friends and visitors to our Sunday services. Students in preschool through 12th grade meet on Sunday mornings during the worship service. A nursery is provided for infants.
See the Education page for more information.
An inquirer’s class is held the first Sunday of the month after service at 11:30. No need to register, just turn up and bring your questions!
Guests and visitors are always welcome!
Minister: Rev. Linda Olson Peebles
Special Worship Services
Throughout the year we offer some special opportunities for worship. At the beginning of each church year, and periodically throughout the year, we have special Multigenerational Worship Services. These services are a time for members and friends of our community to gather together to celebrate times of particular importance in our community. On these Sundays, the Nursery is available.
Sacred Wheel Ceremonies
Some of us at Accotink find a strong spiritual source in nature and express our “respect for the interdependent web of all existence” through ceremonies based on traditions that acknowledge and celebrate the eternal cycle of the seasons. Borrowing the pattern from other traditions, we too celebrate the sacred wheel of seasons at eight points of the earth’s trip around the sun. We incorporate symbols and rituals from a variety of traditions into the design of our own ceremonies. Examples of Sacred Wheel Ceremonies celebrated at Accotink include: Fall Equinox, Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltane, Summer Solstice, and Lughnasadh.
Light the Chalice
You, too can light the flame which is a symbol of Unitarian Universalism the world over in our Sunday morning worship services. Singles, couples, and families are invited to sign up to be chalice lighters. Sign up to light the chalice.
Contribute Chancel Flowers
We love to have something beautiful on the chancel shelf during worship services! We hope you will mark a special occasion in your life or memorialize someone who has been important to you by donating a bouquet to decorate our chancel shelf during a Sunday service. Congregants can volunteer to bring cut flowers, potted plants, a cornucopia, or another beautiful object that fits with the spirit and values of our worship. We encourage use of local garden plant materials. Sign up to bring flowers.