What to Expect

Attending a church service for the first time can be a nervous experience. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Union and our services.

First time visiting Union? Please find answers below to commonly asked questions about our services and our church.

We would love to speak with you. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.

Sunday Service Questions

General Questions About Union


What are services like at Union?

8am Classic Service

Our 8am classic service convenes in our chapel and is a simple one-hour service of hymns, prayers, spirituals, and Word. The musical selections in this service are mostly hymns.

11am Celebration Service

Our 11am summer service convens in our sanctuary and is a festive mix of Gospel music, praise and worship, dance, and Word.

Our praise team leads us in song at the beginning of the service, and one of our choirs sings a couple selections as well during the service. The styles of music in this service span a wide range on any given Sunday, including Contemporary Gospel, Traditional Hymns, Jazz, Classical, and modern Praise and Worship. Once a month, the Dance Team participates in the service too. 

During the service, there's a fun time for all the children to come up to the front a hear a short message geared for them ("Cool Kids Corner").

How long is the service?

Our 8am Sunday Worship service lasts about 75 minutes. Our 11am Sunday Worship service lasts about one hour and 45 minutes.

What should I wear?

Some of our attendees wear jeans and a shirt and others wear ties, suits, or dresses (either out of personal preference or while participating on a Sunday team). You are welcome to come to Union as you are.

What should I do when the collection plate is passed?

At Union, we celebrate our opportunities to give of our time, talent and tithe. However, giving is never compulsory. As a guest, if you feel led to contribute to the offering, feel free to do so. If not, please do not feel any guilt.

Is it okay for my small children to attend with me?

Of course! Families of all ages and sizes attend Union.

When is Communion observed?

We celebrate Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of every month. We do so to commemorate Christ's final meal with the disciples, and to celebrate his resurrection. In the United Methodist Church, communion is open to everyone, regardless of denominational affiliation, church membership or belief. All are welcome to experience the gift of grace offered to us through Jesus the Christ.

How do I get to Union?

Please view our directions page for detailed directions.

Where can I park?

There is limited street parking around the church. Please visit our directions page for more details.

What happens if it snows?

If Boston is experience bad weather conditions, you can find out if service is canceled by checking our website (look for a weather notice on the front page), by visiting WBZ online, or by tuning your radio to WBZ at 1030 AM.

Who goes to Union?

We are a diverse congregation with members of all ages and walks of life. Regardless of your age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, you are welcome at Union!

How do I get connected with others at Union?

Feel free to speak to one of our Pastors after service or contact us for more information about upcoming events and opportunities to chat with others outside of the service times.

How do I become a member at Union?

Please see our membership page to find out what membership is all about and how to become a member.