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.

Worship for believers, seekers, and doubters

Join us for worship

Worship is the place where our connection with the divine brings us into relationship with one another. It is filled with music, prayers, and inspiring preaching. In worship you will hear the laughter of children, the wisdom of elders, and the shared values of our congregation’s covenant.

We offer worship at our University District campus in Seattle and livestreamed on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.

We have a digital worship service that airs on Facebook and YouTube at 5:00 pm on Sunday evenings and remains available for viewing online. The 5:00 pm online service is a combination of pieces from the morning service and other pieces created just for the online community. Our digital services are designed to be interactive and beautiful. Folks gather throughout Sunday evening and the week to worship at a time that works for their schedule [5:00 pm service on hiatus].

During Covid-19

We have options to connect both online and at our Seattle campus. Worship is led by pastors, musicians and church members in the Sanctuary. Everyone is masked. The sanctuary has a new filtration system with five total air exchanges in an hour.

We also have a closed-circuit feed from the Sanctuary into the Turner Lounge and Library. The lounge is set-up as a family-friendly viewing area with toys and support for parents, grandparents, and caregivers from our Children’s ministry staff. It is not a drop-off room.

The Library is designed to be our most restrictive space with masking, no singing, and social distancing.

What is our worship like?

Our worship is both contemporary and traditional. It is reflective and lively. It is musical and visual and kinesthetic.
We follow patterns of sermon series that speak to the lives of our community and the direction of our congregation. These themes inspire our preaching, our musical choices, the visual art in the sanctuary, and other parts of the worship (liturgy in church-y language).

We celebrate communion – the ritual of bread and cup – on the first Sunday of the month. We baptize people into the faith – babies, children, teens, and adults.

Our worship is intergenerational and children are always welcome in church. Prior to the pandemic, preschool and elementary students started in the sanctuary and then moved to Sunday school before returning at the end of worship. These patterns look a little different right now.

Music

UCUCC has a vibrant musical tradition and it fills our worship. Most songs are led with organ or piano, but we also incorporate other instruments – guitar, strings, brass, and ukuleles. Our large choir adds to the celebrations with anthems and leading congregational singing.
Covid-19 has changed some of the ways we share music – no choir or congregational singing right now – but it remains an essential part of our worship experience.
Our music spans many traditions—from European classical music to gospel to contemporary. In addition to our Chancel Choir and organ, we have a women’s choir (Veriditas), a children’s choir, a stringed orchestra (Joyful Noise Players), a drumming group (Sacred Groove), a hand bell choir, recorder ensemble and frequent guest musicians. Learn more about our music program here. Learn more about our music program here.

Arts and Worship

We believe that engaging all our senses can bring us closer to God. We worship with our eyes and ears and voices. We incorporate the arts into worship as much as possible. We seek to nurture inter-generational, community, and liturgical engagement through visual arts (banners, sculptures, stoles and other fabric arts), music and dance. A Creativity Council for the Liturgical Arts envisions ways to enliven worship with the arts, and welcomes your participation. Lean more about our Liturgical Arts Program.

 

“This is the day that God has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” ~Psalm 118:24

Worship Services

Sunday mornings

10:00 am – service at UCUCC and on Zoom
5:00 pm – online service [on hiatus]

Join the 10:00 am service livestream on Zoom