What to Expect When Visiting Us
The South Fraser Unitarian Congregation welcomes everyone a place to gather in a spiritual community because we need reminders of the things that matter most in life. As a community, we search for meaning and inspiration. We learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion.
Our Worship Services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. Our programs for all ages inspire us and awaken us to our capacities to make a difference in our own lives and in the world. We offer a wonderful Children’s Religious Exploration Program providing a place for children to wonder and form their own opinions while providing them with values to reflect on.
This is a warm and welcoming community, and we are fortunate to have a beautiful physical space in which to gather in the South Surrey/White Rock area. Despite the somewhat formal environment, our worship services tend to be relaxed and informal, with opportunities for participation and sharing by the congregation, and frequent laughter.
Services are performed by our Unitarian Minister Samaya or community experts that can provide unique insights to a range of topics. Our musicians and choir support and delight us with a wide range of music, including well-known classical compositions, traditional hymns, gospel songs and foot-stomping contemporary pieces.
Each service contains traditional Unitarian elements: quiet meditation; lighting the Chalice (the symbol of our faith); sharing individual joys or concerns; readings, both ancient and modern; an offering to support congregational work; a multigenerational segment and a sermon. The wide-ranging presentations stimulate our intellect, nourish our souls and open our hearts. Here are some sample sermons.
South Fraser Unitarians also enjoy Christmas and Easter celebrations and look forward to the pageants and plays performed by the children, and occasionally by adults. We honour Earth Day — caring for the environment is a Unitarian Principle. Currently, our Social Justice commitment is to work on anti-poverty efforts in our community.
At worship, in our liberal, spiritual community, we listen, sing, meditate and respond together. We emerge enriched, at peace and connected. After services, we enjoy coffee tea and other snacks which give people the opportunity to further discuss and connect.
SFUC also welcomes everyone to join our events. Events may be hosted by other members, alongside other organizations, or at the congregation’s place of worship. We host a variety of events from workshops to board games nights to music concerts.