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Your Celebrations

Wedding Ceremony

You're Getting Married!

Congratulations! We're so glad you're considering Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church as the location for such an important occasion! Our lovely woodland setting is perfect for both intimate and larger ceremonies. You may choose between the larger Sanctuary with its warm interior or the smaller Kelley Room. Each space has a wall of windows that overlook our lovely glen. After the ceremony, you and your guests can visit our glen--sit together for some reflective moments in the Meditation Area or on the bench near the stream. You can choose to hold your reception on the deck, in the Sanctuary, or in the Kelley Room.

bride and groom's recessional following their wedding in the meeting houseFor those not familiar with Unitarian Universalism, one of the sources of our living tradition is wisdom from the world's religions, which means that your ceremony may draw on the religions, practices, and beliefs of your choice. The Sanctuary walls are decorated with contemporary art works rather than religious symbols, so couples and families of all faiths, or no faith, can feel at home and welcomed in our beautiful space.

Who Will Officiate?

You will, of course, choose the person to officiate your ceremony. Or, if you wish, our Minister (if available) can help you create a ceremony that expresses and deepens the commitment you are making to one another as you wed. If you choose to have our Minister officiate, you will meet with the Minister to talk about your hopes and expectations for your wedding and, together, plan a meaningful ceremony incorporating your ideas, values, and tastes. The person you choose to be your officiant will sign the marriage license.

What About Music?

If you choose it as part of your contract, you can use the piano in the Sanctuary to provide music, in accordance with the provisions of our rental policy. For an additional fee, our Music Director (if available) can perform for your memorial service or suggest another pianist. Often used for recitals and concerts, the Sanctuary is known by many area professional musicians for its excellent acoustics. We also have a public address system that plays CDs.

How Do I Get Started?

First, contact our Church Administrator to find out about available dates and spaces. He will give you a tour of our facilities, help you decide which space to use and how to use it, and work with you on the rental contract. If you have your own clergy or musician, please tell him. The Church Administrator can be reached by email or at 301-937-3666. At your request, he will put you in contact with our Minister.

Memorial Service

When a Loved One Has Died...

Our facility, located in a serene and peaceful woodland setting, is the perfect place to celebrate the passing of a loved one. You are welcome to hold your ceremony in our space regardless of your religion or religious beliefs, if any.

interior of the meeting house with chairs arragned in a typical setupYou will, of course, design the service. Services may include music, readings, and speakers, according to the wishes of the family or last wishes of the deceased. If you choose to have a Unitarian Universalist memorial service, please know that ours are celebrations of the life of the person who has died. One of the sources of our faith is wisdom from the world's religions, which means that a UU ceremony might draw on the practices and beliefs of many religions. Our ceremonies tend to feel intimate even if many people attend.

Our lovely woodland setting is perfect for both intimate and larger memorial services. You may choose the larger Sanctuary with its warm interior or the smaller Kelley Room. Each of these spaces has a wall of windows looking out over our glen. After the service, you can have a reception indoors in the Sanctuary or the Kelley Room. In nice weather, your guests can gather to reminisce on the deck or enjoy some reflective moments in the glen in our Meditation Area or on the streamside bench.

Our Sanctuary walls are decorated with contemporary art works rather than religious symbols. People of all faiths, or no faith, can feel welcome and at home here.

Who Will Officiate?

You will choose the person to officiate your ceremony. If you want our Minister to officiate (if available), the Minister can facilitate the planning of the service. In advance of the service, the Minister will meet with family to hear about the person’s life, favorite stories, and memories and to discuss your hopes and wishes for the memorial service. In this way, a service will be designed to suit your loved one and bring the attendees together to mourn and celebrate.

What About Music?

If you choose it as part of your contract, you can use the piano in the Sanctuary to provide music, in accordance with the provisions of our rental policy. For an additional fee, our Music Director (if available) can perform for your memorial service or suggest another pianist. Often used for recitals and concerts, the Sanctuary is known by many area professional musicians for its excellent acoustics. We also have a public address system that plays CDs.

How Do I Get Started?

First, contact our Church Administrator to find out about available dates and spaces. He will give you a tour of our facilities, help you decide which space to use and how to use it, and work with you on the rental contract. If you have your own clergy or musician, please tell him. The Church Administrator can be reached by email or at 301-937-3666. At your request, he will put you in contact with our Minister.

Child Dedication Ceremony

Why Do We Dedicate Our Children?

When a family welcomes a child or children into their lives and home or when a family joins PBUUC, we honor the event. We welcome each child, celebrate the love within and surrounding them, and acknowledge our collective responsibility to nurture them in love and justice. It is not a baptism for washing away original sin or declaration to a faith or creed; it is a reverential celebration of the child's inherent worth and dignity and potential to blossom and the profound interconnection among us and between us and all that is.

How Do We Dedicate Our Children?

A Child Dedication Ceremony takes place during the Sunday worship service. The parents and child or children come to the front of the Sanctuary, sometimes with grandparents, godparents, other family members, or special friends. The parents are questioned about their commitment to our faith, the congregation vows to support these families and nurture their children, and the children receive a blessing and a rose. While it is common to dedicate a child when the child is an infant, many families wait until the child is older, and other children—regardless of the age—are dedicated because they are new to the congregation and the parents want to affirm their commitment to raise their child as a Unitarian Universalist.

From time immemorial, parents have gathered in places of worship with families and friends to rejoice in their children and welcome them into the larger community of faith. And so do we today.

Who Will Officiate at Your Child’s Dedication?

If you want your child or children to be dedicated, tell the Minister directly or tell our Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration. The Minister will confer with you so you can both agree on a convenient date and prepare you for the ceremony. Both the Minister and the DMRE will officiate the ceremony during the service; there is no fee. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend the service on this meaningful occasion and may be included as participants, if the parents so request.

What Do You Do If You’re Not a Member of PBUUC?

If a family wishes to dedicate their child or children privately in a ceremony that does not involve a congregational commitment, it will be handled much like a wedding with a fee for the Minister and rental charges. Please visit our Rental Information section for details about the space, then contact the Church Administrator to explore dates. He will give you a tour of our space, help you decide which space to use and how to use it, and work with you on the rental contract. At your request, he will put you in touch with the Minister and the Music Director. If you have your own clergy or musician, simply let the Church Administrator know. He is best reached by email but can also be reached at 301-937-3666.

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Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church • 3215 Powder Mill Road • Adelphi, Maryland 20783-1097
301-937-3666 • Fax: 301-937-3667 • churchadmin@pbuuc.orgwebmaster@pbuuc.org

Regular operating hours for the Church Office are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Any exception to these hours will be posted in the Sunday Order of Service.