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.

Erick Otieno Ayanga (left) with Mike Okumu Onyino

Erick Otieno Ayanga, age 32, is deputy head teacher at the Mwanzo School. He shares here, in his own words, his background and role at the school.

It took me a long time to achieve my career dream after secondary school, due to the fact that my parents could not afford my college fee, since they were also educating other brothers and sisters of mine.

After my college in 2014, I joined two schools before joining Mwanzo Education Centre. Though I didn’t see this myself, the Mwanzo Director and school management saw leadership qualities in me and appointed me to be the deputy head teacher (head of academics). Since I was appointed and up to now, I have installed and reorganized the smooth transitional running of academic excellence in Mwanzo – right from teacher, parents, and to the Mwanzo pupils. Information and communication channels from the ground up, that is from the pupils to the head office are well-defined in Mwanzo Education Centre.

I also brought in leadership training and know-how to our young learners. If you come to Mwanzo School now, you will find that Mwanzo is the only private school in our zone with a student body president and student governors.

Mwanzo School has played a vital role to me since I joined in 2017 up to now. I now have my professional certificates, and have been able to clear my college fees. It has also allowed me to use some creative thinking to come up with my own income-generating activities. Since I was brought up with farming activities, the little am earning I can venture into maize farming, pay for my siblings’ schools, and improve the living standards of my family.

Mwanzo school is very far from our home, approximately 3 kilometers, and because I love my work, I wake up early at 5:30 am to help me prepare before school for the betterment of Mwanzo school and also to prepare our learners for future generations

~Submitted by Lily Lahiri