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.

December 24, 5:00 pm – Everyone’s Pageant

This service uses storytelling and song to live out the Christmas story. With pieces recorded December 19 at the in-person pageant and submissions from the church, we bring forward this tradition in new ways.
The service will stream on YouTube and Facebook and we will host a watch party in the sanctuary of our Seattle campus.
See below for information on how to participate in the digital pageant.

December 24, 8:00 pm – Candlelight Christmas Worship

Our 8:00 pm service will happen in-person at our Seattle campus.
This celebratory service includes music by the Chancel Choir and a string ensemble. We will experience the wonder of Christmas in scripture and preaching, in the sharing of Holy Communion, and the lighting of candles as we sing Silent Night. A livestream Zoom feed from the sanctuary will be available during the service by clicking here 
Please note: this Zoom link will only be available at 8:00 pm. This service will not be recorded or streamed to YouTube or Facebook. 

December 24, 11:00 pm – Digital Candlelight Service

As we approach the start of a Christmas Day, join us on YouTube and
Facebook for online worship
 curated from Chancel Choir recordings, pieces recorded for the service and submissions from the congregation. The worship will include carols and readings and singing Silent Night.
Participate by sharing photos for “passing of the peace” or photos of you holding a candle for Silent Night. Upload them here by Monday December 20th.

Covid-19 Update and Safety Policy

As you may have read and heard, the Omicron Covid-19 virus variant is undergoing widespread community transmission and is much more infectious than previous variants. Local statistics are starting to show increased cases of Omicron. While looks like it may cause less severe disease, severe cases are still occurring. Evidence shows that boosters help prevent infectiousness and severe illness, but even boosters are not 100% protective from stopping transmission or infection. For now, we have decided to continue our planned services for the near future, but we ask for you to prayerfully consider these recommendations:

  • If you are at high risk for severe Covid-19 disease (immunocompromised, diabetes, high BMI, advanced age), please consider the risks and benefits of attending service in person and consider attending our virtual services. If you are in contact with a high risk person(s), you may consider attending the virtual services as well. We want to support each of you in making a decision that feels right for you, in your unique circumstances. More information about both in-person and online worship can be found below.
  • Due to rapid increase of the Omicron variant in our community, it is more important than ever to get a Covid-19 booster if you are eligible. All adults over 18 who completed their 2nd Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more 6 months ago, or received a J&J vaccine more than 2 months ago are STRONGLY recommended to receive a booster shot. Pfizer boosters are approved for youth over age 16.
  • If you do attend church in person, we encourage you to consider upgrading your mask. Cloth masks should be at least double-layered cloth and have a secure/snug fit around your face with no gaps. Consider a mask with a removable filter, layering a cloth mask over a disposable mask, or upgrading to a N-95 or equivalent mask.
  • We will continue to observe precautions in the church during large gatherings, such as masking, red, yellow, green card on badges to tell our wish to have physical contact, social distancing, only the Choir will sing, no food or drink shared indoors, etc. Our air filters have been upgraded to MERV-13 throughout the church. These precautions should reduce the chance of transmission, but probably not 100% effective. We also offer worship viewing spaces in the lounge for children and families, and in the library with additional air filtration and additional distancing, for folks who want to attend in person but want a more controlled environment.
  • The UCUCC Choir will still be singing. They are coming early and taking rapid Covid-19 antigen tests before each rehearsal and each Sunday before worship. We have also purchased specialized singing masks for the choir which arrived this week!

We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we all pray for a time we can gather safely again without these precautions. The Covid-19 Action Team will be meeting in early January to review the latest local data. We will also be offering a Q&A with UCUCC member Dr. Wes Van Voorhis, Director of the UW’s Infectious Disease Center, January 9th at 1:00 pm via Zoom.