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.

Sunday, October 30th – Trunk or Treat
11:30am – 1pm
The Children’s and Youth Ministry programs invite everyone to come and participate at “Trunk or Treat” again this year! New this year is that we are partnering with University Gathering (formerly University Temple). This event was such a hit last year and it will be wonderful to partner with our neighbors this year! Join us for a fun time of ‘trick or treating’ at folks decorated trunks, games/activities, costume parade, lunch, popcorn & apple cider making! Bring a little jug to take some cider home with you. Wear your costumes! Bring some friends! See you there!

 

Update from the October Fall Family Retreat at Pilgrim Firs:

The story of how the Fall Family Retreat came together is one that feels like one of those great spiritual lessons. It was a moment and an opportunity to just say YES! There was an ask for a retreat by families, and we just happened to have a date reserved at camp that no longer worked for the original plan. And here it was, the opportunity to say yes to a weekend retreat, to adventure, to letting it be what it was going to be, to Spirit.

We planned a weekend away, not fully knowing who all would come or what we would do, but we knew that if we just had the chance to be together for a weekend out in nature, that would be a gift. And in the end, we had 15 families sign-up and 4 staff members (52 people total). Carolyn, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, along with our fabulous staff, Holly, Bryan and LaDrina came for Saturday and provided time for crafting and fun for the kids, along with some crafting and connection time for the parents. There was boating, swimming (in October!), walking around the lake, singing, tie-dye, ping-pong’ing, yummy food, games, a talent show, laughter, prayer and worship by the water! My heart was so full of joy over the weekend! One of my greatest joys was the reaction of my children when we got home – “mom! We HAVE. GOT. To go back to camp again!”.

This is the beauty of church and of the Holy Spirit – we said yes to something, and we didn’t fully know what we were saying yes to. But we knew it would be worth it! Sometimes, the Spirit invites us to just say yes, and go! I am so grateful we followed the invitation. I am grateful for this community of faith that can laugh together until we cry and can explore the richness and fullness of life (both the joys and the sorrows).

We are so grateful to the Phyllis & Ralph Swanson Endowment for Children & Youth for helping make this retreat affordable for all families, so that all families could say “yes!”. Thank you Pilgrim Firs! Thank you beloved community! Let us continue to say yes to Spirit’s invitations!

–Margaret Swanson, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministry

 

Youth Program

Sundays November 6, 13, 20, & 27: 9am Youth Group continues
Youth Group continues for youth in grades 6 – 12. Youth are invited to join in-person (masked) at church in the Pilgrimage Room. Join us for discussions, reflection, and connections.

Fall All Youth Retreat:
November 11 – 13
We are excited to invite youth in grades 6 -12 (and their friends) to the Fall All Youth Retreat at Lazy F Camp in Ellensburg! It will be a wonderful weekend to be together in fellowship and community. We will get outside and explore, play games, and have discussions about life and faith. The leaders are Pastor Steve Jerbi, Mike Zevenbergen, Margaret Swanson & Linnea Coleman. Please be in touch with Margaret Swanson (mswanson@universityucc.org) if you have any questions. Registration is open until November 1st. Register at: https://bit.ly/AllYouthRetreat22

Info Meeting: Our Whole Lives, Sexuality and our Faith class for grades 10 – 12:
Sunday, November 20, 9am – 10am
Parents and youth in grades 10, 11 & 12 are invited to an info session about the upcoming Our Whole Lives class running January – April/May 2023. Youth and parents will learn about the schedule for the class, the topics that will be covered, meet the leaders and have the chance to ask any questions that might help them in making their decision for OWL class.

 

Children’s Ministry

Sunday Morning Children’s Program
Children’s Ministry Sunday mornings are easing into our new normal as we have made the transition to classrooms by age groups as well as a Chapel Communion Worship every first Sunday. The lounge will continue to be a gathering place for families and children on Sunday morning where you will be able to sign-in for Sunday School or Childcare. Childcare is offered in the lounge from 8:30 – 10:00 am for children up to 5th grade and in the Child Care Center from 8:30 am until the end of worship for our infants and toddlers.

Children up to 5th grade are invited to attend the first part of our worship service, and following the children’s worship time in the sanctuary, they will be dismissed to gather for snacks in the lounge and proceed to their assigned classrooms with their Sunday School Leaders. Following Sunday School class, the children will return to the lounge to be received and signed-out by their parents.

We are especially grateful for and wish to thank our Children’s Ministry Volunteer Sunday School Leaders for 2022-23:

  • Jenny Breed
  • Christine Buzard
  • Lisa Coleman
  • Barbara Carmichael
  • Sara Kerr
  • Gina Massoni
  • Miranda Meyer
  • David Ovens
  • Dennis O’Brien
  • Sarah Wallen

There are still opportunities to volunteer on the occasional, on-call and regular basis. If you would like to join this outstanding group of people and volunteer with the Children’s Ministry,
contact Carolyn Johnson Davis at cjdavis@universityucc.org or Margaret Irribarra Swanson at mswanson@ucucc.org.

Partnership with YMCA & School and Winter Warm Items Drive:
UCUCC’s Children’s Ministry is partnering with the University Family YMCA to impact social advancement within our community. Students need school supplies all year round, and we are continuing to accept school supplies that will be made into take-home kits by the children and parents at UCUCC and distributed to children at the Mercy Magnuson Place children’s classroom. We are also accepting warm winter items such as socks, sweaters, umbrellas, blankets throughout the month of November until the 20th, in our drop box in the Narthex.

Mark your calendars:
DECEMBER PARENT’S DAY OUT and CHILDREN’S FUN-FEST
December 10, 11am – 3pm at our Seattle campus

Parents are invited to drop their children off at church for four hours of childcare. The children will enjoy games, art and other fun activities, while their parents get some time to themselves. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Look for a registration sign-up sheet in the lounge and in the weekly Children’s Ministry email, as well as posted on the Children’s Ministry bulletin board in the church hallway outside of the Child Care Center.