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.

Ministry for Children and Families

When a child is baptized at University Congregational UCC, they receive two deep blessings—one from God the Creator, and another from the church community. The congregation makes a pledge to love and protect that child, to help them grow in Christian love, to help them experience God. We live out this pledge by seeking to be inclusive of families in all our church activities.

Families and their children often join us for breakfast in the lounge before worship on Sunday mornings, where there are activities to engage kids while their parents visit. Generally, children join their families for the start of worship, often sitting together in the front pews. Shortly into the service they depart for Sunday school. The nursery, toddler and preschool classrooms are on the main floor, north of the Sanctuary. Elementary classrooms are upstairs.
If you would like your child to be a part of our Sunday School Program, please contact us!

Programming throughout the year

Programs for children and families go well beyond Sunday morning. Here’s a sampling of what we offer.

Fall
  • Homecoming picnic
  • Children’s Bible presentations
  • Apple Day at Pastor Catherine’s farm
  • Advent Workshop
  • Food packing service project
Winter
  • Christmas pageant
  • Women’s retreat
  • Kid’s retreat
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade sleepover
Spring
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Superfluity Sale
  • Family Pizza Night
  • Lamb Day at Pastor Catherine’s farm
Summer
  • Seabeck All-Church Camp
  • Family tent camping trip
  • Picnic, popsicles and play
  • Baseball game outing
  • School supply drive

You are invited to be a Sunday Children’s Group co-leader

We decided to stop calling it Sunday “School,” and to stop asking volunteers to “Teach,” because we were so often told that people didn’t see themselves as teachers, or believe they had skills in school classrooms. We knew immediately that we needed to change how we as a congregation think about our children’s Sunday groups. (Notice Sunday group instead of “Sunday School”)

Being in a classroom with our congregation’s children is an opportunity to play, experience fellowship, and explore and deepen our own faith, and by so doing, serve as models for them. We never need to go into any children’s group believing we have all the knowledge and all the answers. Classroom leaders (not “teachers,” but “leaders”) have told me that when they delved into the class plan for the morning, they learned so much by being involved in precisely this way.

Our Safer Church Policy

We take our responsibility for the safety of our children seriously. Every adult who works with children in Church—whether as a Sunday school teacher, a child care provider or an assistant—undergoes a criminal background check. There are always at least two adults present when there are children in the room.

Learn More

Our Director of Children’s Ministry can help integrate families with children into the church community. Email ChildrensMinistry@universityucc.org, or call 206-524-2322.

You are a child of God. Wonderfully made, dearly loved, precious in God’s sight. Before God made you, God knew you. There is no one else like you.