I'm New to the Church of the River

Welcome to The First Unitarian Church of Memphis, known as the Church of the River. Our members come from various religious backgrounds and beliefs. Typically, they are searching for a non-traditional or contemporary church experience. Some families are of mixed-faiths or mixed-race and find Church of the River to be a place where they feel at home. Some members are agnostic or atheist. As a liberal church and a designated Welcoming Congregation, the Church of the River welcomes members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. If you seek a caring, open-minded congregation that encourages followers to find their own spiritual path, visit us. We nurture our spirits and work together to make Memphis, and the world, a better place.

People ask...

  • What should my children and I wear to this church? You will find most adults wear a range of styles from dressy casual to business dress. Children and teens do not need to dress up since they frequently have activities that require them to be comfortable. They should dress so they can actively engage in the program.
  • Are childcare or Sunday school available during the church service? Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided during the service. Children in kindergarten through grade twelve attend church school during the service. Grades 1-12 join us in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the service at 11:00 and leave for class after the Song of Exaltation.
  • If my child doesn’t separate well, can she or he stay with me in the service? Yes. You may also remain in the class with your child if that works best. In addition, we have a video broadcast in the Beacon Room (library) so that you can be with your child and still see the service, an ideal option for nursing mothers seeking a quiet or more private area while enjoying the Sunday worship service.
  • Are people of all races, beliefs and orientations welcome in this congregation? Yes, definitely. We celebrate our diversity.
  • What goes on during the worship service? We have music and hymn singing, as well as readings, a short meditative period, announcements, and a sermon given by our minister. Before our service, at 10:30, we meet and mingle for refreshments. When you arrive, members of the Welcoming Team are standing by the nametag kiosk in the breezeway to greet visitors and provide information and directions. A guest registry is available in the sanctuary if you would like to sign up for our newsletter and get a nametag.