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. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. 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 worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

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 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.

Children’s Ministry news

Bruce Wilson joins the team!
Dear Elementary kids, littles and families,
As we look forward to the 2021/2022 church program year, I’m looking forward to ways in which we will work together to form opportunities for learning and growing with our community. A few opportunities ahead are Hopecoming, game nights, worship viewing parties, and not just that— we are looking for opportunities to help our children and families connect with the greater church and each other.

As I start my first few months into this ministry, please feel free to reach out to me, make an introduction, or simply say “hello.” I look forward to the ministry we will do together.

~Bruce Wilson (he/him)
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
bwilson@universityucc.org

Family Viewing Lounge at church
Starting Sunday, September 5
Our worship viewing parties start in the Sanctuary on September 5th at 10:00 am. Families are welcome to view worship in the sanctuary. We will also be setting up the lounge at church to be a family friendly viewing spot as well. We will have toys and activities out for kids to play with while families view worship in the lounge, as well as extra filtration and open windows for increased ventilation of the space. Teacher Holly and youth helpers will be there Sundays to play with the kids. We do want to be clear that this is NOT a drop off for children, we ask that parents stay with their kids in the lounge. 

Children & families: Sunday options
Starting Sunday, September 26
We know that parenting during this pandemic is especially hard. We want to offer families choices so that they can make the best decision for their family. The family friendly worship viewing area will continue to be available in the lounge, and we will start offering a drop-off childcare option for littles through elementary age. It will be outside (rain or shine) from about 9:50am – 11:45am. Please dress your kids in weather-appropriate attire! Staff and volunteers will offer supervision and some programming. We will try this through October and then re-evaluate. Families are also welcome to be in the sanctuary for worship.
Unlike before, there will not be a formal dismissal time for kids to leave worship. We will be ready for kids to arrive before worship, but they can also come to later in the morning too. We will be in touch via the Children’s Ministry weekly emails with more details. Online worship will continue to be offered, but the live stream will moving back to the early evening, available starting at 5:00 pm starting 9/26.

Masks: All children over the age of 2 must wear a mask at all times, except when eating/drinking. Masks should be well fitted and fully cover the mouth and nose. Exceptions made for children who cannot wear a mask for medical or developmental reasons. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to
Margaret or Bruce. 

Online and in-person connections
Our Sunday morning drop-off childcare for littles and elementary age kids will be in-person only (no hybrid option). However, we will be offering other events
beyond Sunday morning (example: online game night, story time, parent connection times) that will be online for kids and families to participate in. Watch the Children’s Newsletter for details! 

Children’s Ministry Committee
There are so many good ministry and connecting opportunities happening for our children and their families. An integral part of the ministry is our Children’s Committee who help brainstorm, plan events, and support the staff in their work. If you are interested in partnering in this work of living into our vision, consider joining the Children’s Committee. We meet monthly, the 1st Monday of the month. Be in touch with Bruce Wilson at bwilson@universityucc.org.

Youth Ministry News

Update on summer & service camps
The Youth Ministry program at UCUCC had a wonderful summer! The events included youth programming at Seabeck and our Youth Service Camp (for both middle and high school aged youth). Our events had opportunities experience God in sharing stories, learning, connecting and playing together. See the August church and home to read about Seabeck. 

With everything unknown as we were planning for summer, we originally planned for an online-only
service camp for our 6th–12th grade youth. As summer approached we decided to create a hybrid service camp event that ran from July 25th–28th. Our first day we gathered online for a virtual campfire where we got to connect as a group with some reflection and game time. On Monday, we continued our project of building chairs for Pilgrim Firs Camp. Thanks to Ed Coleman and Trent Siegel for their help! The following day we had a guest from Teen Feed come to the church to share about the organization as a whole and then we made 80 outreach kits for them to give out to folks in need. On our final day we did a Duwamish Walking Tour on the UW campus! It was really important to do the walk. Steve led us through some learning and reflection pieces along the way. We closed out our camp with a meal from Off The Rez, a native-owned restaurant located in the Burke Museum. We encourage everyone to go support them and enjoy their amazing food! Each day we had youth attending in person and Zooming in online. The leaders for this service camp were Erik Wallen, Pastor Steve Jerbi and Margaret Swanson. 

Before quarantine we had raised a lot of funds for our summer trips and it was your generosity that made all these donations and experiences possible. Thanks to the youth for saying YES to these experiences. I am so inspired by these amazing youth who care so deeply about this community. God’s love and call to justice shines through our youth! May God be present with our youth and families as they look towards fall and the start of the school year.

~Margaret Swanson (she/her)
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
mswanson@universityucc.org 

Family Viewing Lounge at Church
Starting Sunday, September 5 at 10:00 am
Our worship viewing parties start in the Sanctuary on September 5th at 10:00 am. Families are welcome to view worship in the sanctuary. Youth should note, we will not be offering the “youth pew” this fall/year. We ask that youth sit with their families for worship. We will also be setting up the lounge at church to be a family friendly viewing spot as well. We will have toys and activities out for the younger kids to play with while families view worship in the lounge. This is primarily for families with younger children, but older siblings are welcome to stay together. 

Youth Group Starts!
Sunday, September 12, 9:00 am, hybrid
Youth Group begins again for youth in grades 6-12. We will be offering hybrid Youth Group. Youth are invited to join in-person (masked) at church or online via Zoom. We are excited to hear all about what you’ve been up to! We are still finalizing our leadership and will be in touch via the weekly Youth Ministry emails with more details.

Junior & Senior Small Group
Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Zoom
We begin our monthly small group gathering for our High School Juniors and Seniors! We are looking forward to connecting with you and meeting each month to share about the journeys of this pivotal time in high school. We will meet monthly via Zoom, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

Teen Feed
Wednesday, Sep. 29, 6:30 – 7:00pm, in-person 
Teenoffering “to-go” meals at UCUCC, Tuesday through Friday evenings this fall. We are so grateful for Mike Zevenbergen’s continued leadership for our meal team! Our youth program
provides the meal every 5th Wednesday of the month (about 4 times a year). We have sign-ups for folks to bring cornbread, dessert, salad, and a vegetable side dish. We have taken our usual recipe and divided it up so more families can be a part of it. Please plan to bring your meal item to the church at 6:30 – 6:45 pm on Wednesday. Please be sure to try to keep food hot or cold depending on the item for food health safety. To sign up: https://bit.ly/TeenFeed929