No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here at University Congregational United Church of Christ. Young, old, sure of your path, or still searching --- we invite you to join us in imagining love and justice - as Jesus did - in acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. A digital service is also offered on line on Sunday evening at 5 pm. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. Weekly services are are available on line after they are initially presented on Sundays..

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door or joins us online. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a meeting.

Our in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. During the 10 am service we also offer live-streaming to a nearby room that offers those with compromised immune systems to be more isolated. We also offer a separate space for children, with supervised play and crafts during the 10 am service. Sections of the 10 am service are programed into the 5 pm digital service, which is offered as a "vespers."

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service.

UCUCC Parking Map

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Parking can be a challenge in the University District! Persistence, patience and an early start are keys to success.

UW has free parking on Sundays. Enter the main campus gate at NE 45th and 17th Ave NE and turn left past the toll booth. It's about a three-block walk to the church. The UW Meany Garage at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St. is a five-block walk.

The church also owns three parking lots - Lot A is across the street from the church on 16th Ave. E. Lot B is beneath Sortun Court, just north of the church on the east side of 16th Ave. E. (It closes at 2 p.m.) Lot C (for those with difficulty walking, young children and visitors) is at the corner of 15th NE and NE 45th St., next to the church.

If you need to be assured of a close parking spot, you can call the church office before noon on Friday to reserve one: 206-524-2322.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

We are an inter-generational church and strive to be family-friendly, with an active ministry for children and youth. All ages are welcome in worship. We also offer nursery and child-care, Younger children begin the 10 am service with us and usually leave after about 15 minutes. Older children have the option of leaving for a special sermon time. Junior high and high school youth meet at 9 am and then often sit together in worship. Give us a call at 206-524-2322 for more specifics.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

Hearing Impaired: Our sanctuary has an induction loop system that uses the T-Coil mode of your hearing aids. You can get the necessary equipment just before entering the Sanctuary on the right or ask any usher.

Visually Impaired: We offer each Sunday's program in large print for easier readability.

Wheelchair Access: The front entry is wheelchair accessible as are the rest rooms. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

Register for our All-Church Summer Camp at Seabeck

Children, youth and their families are invited to join us for our All-Church Summer Camp at Seabeck! July 10 – 15, 2022. This is also a great event to invite friends to!

At long last, we are planning on our camp being at Seabeck Conference Center this summer! Families and friends are invited to come to camp for a week of learning, playing, connecting with friends, yummy food, faith formation, beautiful scenery and so much more! The structure of camp is that the morning (9am – 12pm) offers programs for children, youth and adults. Then the afternoon and evenings offer

opportunities for all—swimming, boating, slip-and-sliding, playing sports, crafting, campfire, vespers, music and so much more! Here is some information about the children’s and youth ministry morning programs. See the Seabeck post for details.

Margaret’s Maternity Leave and Coverage—April to July/August

Church member Sarah Marshall is covering for Margaret Swanson while she is away on maternity leave. Sarah started in mid-March to have some overlap time with Margaret to train and get caught up. Additionally, Anna Van Pelt will be offering coverage in the planning of the Children’s & Youth Programs at Seabeck Camp. We are so grateful to both Sarah and Anna for their thoughtful leadership! Margaret is now on leave and will be back in mid-July (part-time) and full-time in August.

Contacts for while Margaret is on leave:

Sarah Marshall, Interim Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries: smarshall@universityucc.org.
Carolyn Davis Johnson, Children’s Ministry Coordinator: cjdavis@universityucc.org
Rev. Steve Jerbi, Minister of Worship & Christian Formation:sjerbi@universityucc.orgAnna Van Pelt, Children’s & Youth Ministry Seabeck Program Coordinator: Anna.c.vanpelt@gmail.com
Youth Ministry Committee: ucuccyouthboard@universityucc.org

Upcoming Events

April 10 – Palm Sunday Pony Rides
April 16 – Easter Egg Dying Fellowship Event
April 17- -Easter Egg Hunt
May  ( Exact date/time TBD) Mother’s Day Event
June 5 – 5th grade Move-Up
July 10 -15- All-Church camp at Seabeck Camp

Sunday mornings activities for children

Over the Lenten Season we are exploring our faith and connection to God through our connection to creation. We are having fun explorations and inspiring worship experiences indoors and outdoors as the weather allows.

Our learning-worship environment is designed to provide experiences that nurture, teach and reflect God’s Love toward us, as well as inspire the child to love and
appreciate God, creation, themselves and one another.

Sunday morning schedule

9:40 – 10:00 am Kids and families welcome to hang in the lounge
10:00 – Children and families in Worship/Kids can be in lounge
10:15 – Children’s music moment in Worship
10:20 – Kids head to lounge for mircle gathering time
10:35 – Outside time (snack time)
10:50 – Crafts and activities
11:30 – Pick-up

April 10, Palm Sunday Pony rides

Before and after worship we will be commemorating Jesus Christ’s triumphal ride on a donkey into Jerusalem as people honored him with the waving and laying down of palms and branches. Before worship join us for a processional around the church campus block as we celebrate. After worship kids can enjoy pony rides, other fun activities and maybe even some cotton candy. More details to come in Children’s weekly emails.

April 16, Easter Egg Dyeing, Family Fellowship night

5-7 pm, Ostrander Hall
Families and their friends are invited to a fun Easter Egg Dyeing event. All supplies will be provided. Pizza will be served. Please register in advance by using this link.  https://bit.ly/EasterEgg22

April 17, Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday children are invited to enjoy a fun time at our Easter Egg Hunt. Join us after worship on the playground. More details to come in the  weekly email.

Children’s Ministry Volunteering

Volunteers are a significant and vital part of the children’s church experience. Have you considered sharing the joys of your inner child by volunteering your time with the children’s ministry program? Volunteering can mean working on behind the scenes prep for events, direct leadership with children, administrative support, leading a craft or activity and more. Please be in touch with Children Ministries Coordinator, Carolyn Johnson Davis at cjdavis@universityucc.org.

Children’s Ministry Family Survey

The Children’s Ministry Committee is conducting a survey to help us plan events and activities for parents and children. We would love to hear from you. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas on how the Children’s Ministry can best meet the needs of your child(ren) and family. Please take a few minutes to help us plan for upcoming events and activities by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/ChildrensMinSurvey22