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.

October 1st – Family Pizza Night
5pm – 7pm
Families are invited to come to the church for some food and time for activities and connection! We will likely have time for parents to have a breakout session to have some parent-specific discussion and sharing. Friends are always welcome! Please sign up at this link so that we can best plan for food.

Sunday, October 30th – Trunk or Treat
11:30am – 1pm
The Children’s and Youth Ministry programs will be offering a “Trunk or Treat” event 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’, games/activities, lunch, popcorn & maybe even apple cider making! Friends are invited!

If you are interested in helping by hosting a ‘trunk’, cooking chili, or serving food and refreshments for the event, sign-up using this link.

Fall Family Retreat
October 14 – 16 at Pilgrim Firs
We are excited to invite families and friends to a Fall Family Retreat at Pilgrim Firs Camp! The whole family is invited! It will be a wonderful weekend to be together in fellowship and community. The weekend will be somewhat informal. We might offer some programming, but mostly folks can feel free to relax, play and connect with friends! We will begin by gathering for dinner on Friday. Saturday we might offer some group games and activities, a talent show, and evening game night! Sunday, we will worship together and then head home. We are hoping to have a camp musician too! More details to come!

Please be in touch with Margaret Swanson (mswanson@universityucc.org) or Carolyn Johnson Davis (cjdavis@universityucc.org) if you have any questions.

Register here by October 9.

Children’s Ministry

October 9th – Children’s Ministry Volunteer Prep Meeting
12:00-2:30pm, lunch provided
The Children’s Ministry Staff and Volunteers will have a Children’s Program Preparation Meeting on Sunday October 9th, 2022 after church 12:00-2:30 PM, lunch provided. This is a crucial meeting to ensure that staff and volunteer will be prepared to implement the established safety and educational program plans and policies for the best care and guidance of the children. It will also be a great opportunity to meet the new On-Call Child Care Assistants recently hired to provide additional staffing support. We also have the opportunity to discuss an overview for classroom arrangement, Sunday school curriculum, and your suggestions to help make our children’s experience enriching and meaningful.

Volunteers, you are appreciated and highly valued for the commitment, and care you bring to the Children’s Ministry. I’m looking forward to our dynamic team making our children’s and families’ experiences at church the best ever!

October 23: Bible Presentation Sunday
During 10am worship
It is our tradition at UCUCC to present our 3-year-olds and 1st graders with Bibles at the start of the program year! An email will be going out directly to our families with children of those ages with the full information. If you did not receive the email but would like your child or grandchild to receive a bible, we would love to include your family. Follow the link below to sign up to receive a Bible.

3-year-olds will receive “My Very First Bible” published by DK Children. 1st Grade children will receive the I Wonder: Exploring God’s Grand Story Bible. It is written by author Glenys Nellist.

To sign up for a Bible, follow this link or scan the QR code.

VOLUNTEERS ARE VITAL TO CHILDREN’S MINISTRY:

We appreciate and celebrate our volunteers!
A special thanks to Eleanor Jerbi , Anya Peterson, Ivy Miller and  Rosie Meyer, Our Youth Volunteer Dream Team that helped out during Sunday School and the Hope-Coming Festivities.

New Children’s Ministry Volunteer Program:
Our new Volunteer Sunday School Teacher schedule requires 3 weeks in a Sunday School class and 5 weeks off. We are currently in need of 6 Volunteer Teachers and 2 on-call Volunteer Substitute Teachers.

Other non-teaching volunteer opportunities usually require a once-a-month or occasional commitment that involves working on behind the scenes prep for events, direct leadership with children at events such as leading a craft or reading a story, administrative support, and more.

Volunteers are a significant part of the children’s church experience. There are no specific qualifications required to volunteer, just love God by loving children. Have you considered sharing the joys of your inner child by volunteering some time with the children’s ministry program?

Please be in touch with Children Ministries Coordinator, Carolyn Johnson Davis at cjdavis@universityucc.org or call her Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 AM to 6 PM at (206) 280-3819.

Mark your calendars for upcoming events:
November 27 – Advent Workshop (no 4th and 5th grade event this day)
December 3 – Parent’s Day Out

Youth Ministry

Sundays October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: 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.

Planning ahead:
In November we will have a few events that are still yet to be fully planned, but we want folks to have a heads up. We will have info session and sign-ups for Confirmation Class and H.S. Our Whole Lives Class. Both will begin in January with a retreat January 6 – 8 at Pilgrim Firs.

We are also hoping to hold a youth retreat (grades and date still to be determined).