What To Expect
Here you will find a vibrant, free-thinking and caring community where you can explore your beliefs, find meaning and purpose, explore your spirituality and help transform the world through social action.
When should I arrive?
Sunday services begin at 10:30 am. It is best to arrive about 15 minutes before service, especially if you have children. This will give you and your children time to meet the Religious Education teachers before service.
What should I wear?
We have a relaxed dress code. While a few members wear dressier outfits, the majority wear casual clothing. Children should wear comfortable clothes and their normal footwear.
On Sundays there is free parking in the lot directly across from our building (access the parking lot on the north side of St. Clair Ave off Forest Hill Rd). See our map and directions.
Kids and Youth
Kids and youth are important and valued members of our community!
Here your kids can learn to make informed and ethical choices in their lives by learning “how to think” rather than “what to think”. Find out more about our exciting programs for kids and youth.
What happens after I walk in?
A greeter will welcome you as you enter our front door. He or she will point out Sunderland Hall where services are held, and our brochure display, where you will find information about First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, the Unitarian Universalist faith, and copies of our newsletter, Horizons.
Our Sunday services
It is our hope you will find our service to be meaningful and transformative. The service normally consists of opening words, several hymns, music, two or more readings, a sermon, and an offering. After the service, if you are interested in learning more, look for the visitors’ table where members of the congregation are available to answer your questions, take you on a tour of the building and introduce you to other members. You are welcome to join us in Workman Hall for coffee and conversation. Please take a green coffee cup, so that others may greet you. Learn more about our upcoming services.
What else goes on on Sunday?
There are usually a few activities that take place after the service, aside from coffee hour. The congregational library is open for browsing and borrowing. There is often a discussion, perhaps about the sermon, a topical issue or a book. The artwork in Sunderland Hall is changed at the start of each month and there is usually an art show to celebrate the new installation. Please feel free to look around and join anything that interests you.
Will someone try to pressure me to join or convert?
Absolutely not. While Unitarians Universalists are very open to others joining our faith and congregation, we will not pressure anyone to join - in fact, we encourage people to take all the time they need before they decide to join. If you consider joining First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, you should take some time to attend services, allow your children to participate in religious education/youth group, and consider how well Unitarian Universalism fits your personal beliefs. Our services can be different from one another so we suggest that you attend at least three services to get a real flavour of what we have to offer.
For those who want to learn more about our congregation, a brief Newcomer’s Orientation is held the first Sunday of every month, at 11:45 in the Board Room. It’s a casual conversation, with an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.
If you decide to join the congregation, the process is actually rather simple: after advising the ministers that you would like to join, you sign the membership book during a brief new member Sunday Service held quarterly throughout the year. This ceremony can also be held in private, if you prefer.