What to Expect on Sundays
If you are looking for a faith community that helps you grow spiritually, without dictating how you should to do it, this is the community for you. We warmly welcome all ages, abilities, families and singles, ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.
Visiting on Sunday Mornings
Where do I go?
Horizon is located at 1641 W. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010. There are parking spaces reserved for visitors near the front of the building and spaces for those who are less mobile in the front and on the side of the building. The entrance doors are the two sets of double-glass doors on the northeast corner of the building.
Is your facility handicapped accessible?
Yes, there are handicap accessible doors in the front of the building. There are no steps in the building, and all areas are accessible within the building. Assistive listening devices are available inside the sanctuary; ask a Greeter or Usher for one.
How should I dress?
Please feel free to come as you are most comfortable. Some people come each week dressed up while others are very casual. This “come as you are” atmosphere extends beyond mere clothing, as we welcome all seekers.
What time do I need to be there?
Our Sunday morning services start at 10:30 AM. People tend to arrive between 10 and 10:30. If you are running late, that’s fine.
What should I expect before the service?
Our Greeters will be available at our Welcome Center to say hello to you and your family and help you make name tags. (Don’t worry. Everyone wears a name tag.) The Greeters also will explain how Religious Education for children and youth will work on that Sunday. Fair Trade coffee is served in the fellowship hall. Our Greeters and Ushers will be in the lobby and sanctuary prior to the service to answer questions and introduce you to others, if you wish. Brochures and information are available at the Welcome Center and on the bulletin boards outside the sanctuary.
How are your services organized?
The start of each worship service is signaled by the sound of a gong outside the sanctuary. You will be handed an Order of Service as you enter.
Services generally include multiple hymns or special music, a conversation with the children, receiving of an offering for the congregation or a non-profit group, the sharing of joys and concerns submitted by congregants, silent meditation or prayer, readings from a variety of sources and a sermon.
The services are typically led by our minister. The service may also be led by a visiting minister, a member from our congregation, or a guest speaker.
What happens after service?
People gather to visit in the fellowship hall and enjoy light snacks and conversation. We encourage visitors to stay and meet people, enjoy conversations and ask any questions.
On some Sundays, one of five Inquirers Series classes is offered in the sanctuary after the service. This series is an introduction to Horizon and Unitarian Universalism. You don’t need to sign up in advance, just come and attend. Childcare is provided at no cost. You are welcome to get a snack and drink to take to the class. On Potluck Sunday, bring in your plate!
What about my children?
Children are welcome to stay with their parents if that is the family’s preference – in fact, all children except nursery and toddler ages, begin their Sunday by attending the opening of the service seated with their parents. We hope they don’t miss out on the fun and inspiration available in our Religious Education classes though.
Before service, your Greeter will introduce you to one of our Religious Education staff, who will talk with your child and ask them if they would like to come forward for the “Conversation with the Children” during the service and then leave the sanctuary to go to their age-appropriate classroom. You are welcome to come forward with your child and/or escort him or her to the classroom.
Nursery care is offered for children from birth to three years of age. Care is available beginning 15 minutes before the start of each regular service. Parents will be notified if their presence is needed by the nursery staff. All children receive a snack during their Religious Education class.
Our Religious Education classes are open to visitors as well as members. Please pick up a brochure at the Welcome Center about our Religious Education program, or contact Lauren Daniell, the Director of Lifespan Religious Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.