For First-Time Visitors
How do I find the church?
We are located in downtown Louisville on the corner of Fourth and York streets, across from the main Library. Directions to our church can be found here. Our address is 809 South 4th Street if you care to use Google Maps, Mapquest or another web mapping site.
We enter on the Library Lane entrance, which is really in the back of the Church. Accessible parking is available there along with a wheelchair ramp. Almost every part of First Unitarian Church is accessible to people in wheelchairs. We also have an elevator for those who need it to access the second floor where our religious exploration classrooms are located.
Pandemic precautions – live your love of others.
- ALL those who attend the service in person are asked to be masked at all times and sit socially distanced. Families and COVID core groups, of course, may sit together.
- Effective March 20, 2022, no proof of vaccination is required for people of any age. Children are welcome to attend the service, but there is still no childcare.
- All visitors and members are welcome to use our Online zoom option, This option is always available Click here for access.
Every aspect of the regular church service is fully available on Zoom, including the ability to “chat”, share Joys and Sorrows during the service, and to visit with other FirstU members and friends after the service.
What do adults wear?
You are welcome to wear whatever you are comfortable in. Members often describe the dress code as “business casual,” but some people wear their “Sunday Best,” and many wear jeans. In the summer shorts and t-shirts are a common uniform, while in the winter, sweaters and boots are likely outfits.
What do children wear?
Children should wear comfortable clothes. They may spend time playing on the carpeted floor, or work with art supplies. Sometimes they may go outside.
What do children do during the worship service?
Children and youth are invited and encouraged to stay in the sanctuary and participate fully in our worship service, aka Celebration of Life. But we know that staying engaged during the entire service might be challenging for children in preschool through grade 3. If that is the case, your child may attend our Children’s Celebration upstairs. Child care is also available for infants and toddlers.
Do I have to check in?
No check in is required but be prepared to be be greeted at the door where you’ll be offered a visitor’s name tag.
Is First Unitarian Church accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Yes, almost every part of the church is accessible to people with mobility issues and who use wheelchairs. Our elevator provides access to the second floor and our restrooms are accessible as well.
Do you have services for the hearing impaired?
Listening assistance devices are available and may be used anywhere in the sanctuary. Please ask an usher if you’d like to use one.
Will I be welcome?
We welcome all persons to participate fully, openly, and equally, in all aspects of our congregational life, in ever widening circles of inclusion. We respect and affirm diversity and its gifts in
- race, ethnicity, national origin,
- affectional or sexual orientation, family or relationship structure,
- gender identity, gender expression, sex,
- abilities, neurodiversity,
- age, socioeconomic class, political views,
- religious belief, creed, or interpretation of religion.
How do I become a member?
The short answer is, you become a member simply by signing the membership book, in the presence of the minister or a board member. First Unitarian is a free church; no assent to a creed or formula of faith is required.
The long answer is, we want you to join as a member only when you are ready to make a commitment to this congregation, and to Unitarian Universalism. Attend several services; learn about Unitarian Universalism by participating in the new member classes; make an appointment to meet with the minister or the Director of Religious Exploration. We expect that our members will be active participants in the life of the congregation, who contribute their presence, time, skills, and money.
Why on earth would you want to do all that? You do it because you know that here, you have found your religious home. You do it because you want to be a part of this covenanted community. You do it because you recognize that being a member of this congregation will enrich your life, and the lives of children and future generations.