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.

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Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints: an at-home curriculum offering  
This Children’s Committee, Pastor Steve and I are excited to offer you an at-home opportunity for learning and faith development. We invite you to get the book “Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints” by Daneen Akers. If you need help getting the book, let us know and we’ll get that to you. It is an illustrated children’s storybook about people of diverse faiths who rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice. It’s available as an e-book or hardcover. We are sending out a weekly email with a companion curriculum to go with it with activities and things you can do at home to dive deeper into the story of each person. For more information contact Margaret Swanson, Director of Children’s, Youth & Family Ministries at mswanson@universityucc.org. 

Family Nature Walk/Hike
Saturday, July 24 (exact time TBD)
Families are invited for an outing together at Mercer Slough Nature Park. This one is 20-30 minutes away from church, in south Bellevue. It’s a big park, with several looping and connecting trails. There’s a boardwalk, which is fun for kids. There is zero elevation gain, and the longest trail is 4.5 miles and it’s paved, so is accessible to all. There is also a u-pick blueberry farm that could be something we do as well!

Communications
Communication about Children’s Ministry will come in weekly emails and on our parent Facebook groups. If you are not receiving the weekly emails about Children’s Ministry, first check your junk mail and if they are not there, please reach out to the church at office@universityucc.org and we can get you added to the lists.

If you are not on the Facebook groups we have for parents, please feel free to request to join: UCUCC Parents of Littles Facebook group (http://bit.ly/UCUCCParentsOfLittles) and
UCUCC Parents of Elementary Children (http://bit.ly/UCUCCParentsOfElem).

Children’s Ministry Committee
There is so much good ministry and connecting opportunities for our children and their families. An integral part of the ministry is our Children’s Committee who help brainstorm and plan events and support the staff in their work.you’re interested in partnering in this work of living into our vision for Children’s & Youth Ministry, consider joining the Children’s Committee. We meet monthly, the 1st Monday of the month. Our next meeting is June 7th and you’re welcome to come to it to see if you’d be interested.

Youth

Weekly Middle School Game Night
Wednesdays from 8:00 – 9:00 pm
The Van Dyck family continues to host weekly game nights on Wednesdays for youth in middle school grades. All you need to do is pull up a seat and have access to two devices. Come when you can, it’s casual. Looking forward to playing together. Questions? Feel free to reach out, Amanda Van Dyck (Matthew’s mom) amanda_vandyck@yahoo.com. The link for this goes out in our weekly emails to youth.

M.S. & H.S. Service Camp
July 25 – 28, Register by July 11: https://bit.ly/ServiceCamp21
Middle & High School Youth are invited to participate in our summer service camp. As we are emerging and in this transition time, we are having to make some choices and adjustments to our summer plans.We have decided to offer our Youtha hybrid option this summer. Youth are invited to participate online or in-person at UCUCC. The in-person portions will be a mix of outdoor and indoor times (masked).will offerthat youth can do at home and at the church. We are still putting together ourand partnerships. However, youth can expect some time to connect with friends, activities for learning, reflection and discussion and.

Timing: We will start on Sunday evening (7:00 – 8:30 pm) with an opening virtual program. Mon/Tues/Wed will likely be 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (hybrid). We might also do an online game night on Tuesday or Wednesday. Stay tuned!
Grades: Open to incoming 6th grade – outgoing 12th grade. Friends ALWAYS welcome!
Leaders: Blythe, Erik Wallen & Margaret Swanson.

Other summer fellowship events
Other summer events are being planned. Be watching your weekly emails for more details!