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.

This article is the last in a series planned by The Children’s Ministry Committee (CMC) to generate interest in the opportunity to serve and engage with children and families on Sundays. Hopefully, you read the article written by a frequent classroom volunteer leader, two articles by parents* outlining what it means to them to have volunteers in their children’s classrooms, and the article last month from CMC member, Tim Johnson. Now it’s my turn, as the Director of The Children’s Ministries, to finalize the message.

Every month, the Church Council asks for a report, and they include the question, “What have been your challenges?”

I write the same answer every month:
Our number one challenge as a committee and as a whole congregation, continues to be meeting the growing number of attending children with a growing number of volunteers to co-lead in Sunday groups.
No other challenge compares in complexity or immediate need.

The CMC has worked hard this year to “rebrand” what it means to co-lead in a children’s class on Sundays.

4th-5th grade agreements

We decided to stop calling it Sunday “School,” and to stop asking volunteers to “Teach,” because we were so often told that persons didn’t see themselves as teachers, and believed they had no 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 how I called it a Sunday group instead of “Sunday School?”)

Being in a classroom with our congregation’s children is an opportunity to play, experience fellowship, and to 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 looked into whatever the class theme was for the day, they learned so much by being involved in precisely this way. In her Church & Home article last May, Kathie Vitz reminded us that “faith is affiliative.”

Hands of Peace

Experience Church in a new way

Do you sometimes think serving in children’s classes means you’ll “miss church?” We joyfully respond that church goes on in every single room in the building every Sunday. Co-leaders of elementary children’s groups often enjoy the benefit of getting the sermon message early, because I speak with pastors each week to find out how to adapt their message about scripture for the children. Elementary class plans are frequently created directly from the sermons our pastors plan to give that Sunday. We strive to have everyone in the church, from young to senior, receive the same message while here, so that conversations can continue throughout the day and week beyond church. Being in a classroom with children is not missing church, but it’s experiencing church in a different way.

Here’s the opportunity

Those who have ever served as volunteer coordinators share the awkwardness of watching how their relationships change in their communities. The common refrain is “People look so frightened when they see me coming. They all think I’m about to ask them to do something, and they run away!”

A while back, Pastor Amy Roon wrote an article with the theme, “Don’t Fear The Ask.” Her point was that if you’re asked to volunteer in any capacity in our church, it’s because your qualities have been admired and an opportunity is extended to you. The most important part is that everyone at church respects a “No” answer as well as a “Yes.” Amy always taught us that a genuine “no” is so much better than a fraught “yes.” We hold to that. And we extend an ask and an opportunity to you: Please would you consider volunteering as a co-leader in a children’s class?