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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Reflections on Summer 2014 Services

Author Nadine Sapirman, Written Aug 19, 2014

What a difference a few years makes!

As recently as four years ago, summer services at UUCSH looked very, very different.  There was no ministerial presence during the summer, and no child care.  Services were held either in a medium-sized multi-purpose room (the “red room” in our old offices) or at Arbor Glen in Bridgewater.  The lay-led services were put together with thought and consideration but they seldom had live music.  And the summer schedule included 3 or 4 Sundays with no service.

Fast forward to the summer of 2014…We are growing up as a congregation and it shows!

  •  We have had services every Sunday this summer, half of them led by our minister, the Reverend Jennifer Kelleher.
  • Thanks to the coordination of UUCSH Choir Director Susan Schneider, we have had vibrant and robust music including a guest accompanist, our own UUCSH star musicians, and choir performances.
  • Our lay-led services have been well-planned and executed by our congregation’s Worship Associates and others.
  • Our children have had chapel experiences every Sunday using the multigenerational Circle of Trees http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/multigenerational/trees/index.shtml curriculum, under the direction and guidance of DLFD Chris Buja.

UUCSH has had a number of visitors this summer, and we’ve been proud to show what we have to offer in terms of worship, religious education, music, and fellowship.

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