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 – and acting to change the world. We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. We invite visitors to wear a name-tag from the pew register folder so we may more easily greet you by name.

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. You will be met at the door with a warm handshake and welcome, and our friendly greeters can help direct you and answer your questions.

Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and sit on the main floor or in the balcony - wherever you feel most at ease. We look forward to welcoming you.

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.

We offer a complimentary "inquirers Lunch" on the second Sunday of the month for people interested in learning more about us. It is an informal session over soup, salad and dessert where you can meet others who may be on a similar spiritual journey and learn how to plug into this church community from long-term members and clergy.

We'll explore topics from history, to theology, to membership. To RSVP, or let us know about special needs (Including childcare or food sensitivities) email us at gro.ccuytisrevinu@sreriuqni or call 206-979-7539.

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 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.

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.

My first thought was, “What’s that doing there?“ I was walking through the church narthex when I noticed a small rock perched on a window sill. It was late July, in the middle of the week when that place that is always so full of energy on a Sunday was empty and quiet.

As I went over to have a closer look, I saw that that the rock a drawing on it. That’s when I remembered.

On Easter, in between the two worship services we have on that “full church” day, our congregation offers an Easter egg hunt. The children of our community gather out on the playground and when the leader gives the signal, they fan out rapidly to find the eggs filled with little gifts that the adults have hidden for them there. As the tradition has grown, the older children have learned to pass over the eggs in plain sight, leaving them for the little ones to find. They look for the more carefully hidden ones and once they have found a few, circle back to help their younger friends. It is a time of chaos, care, and fun.

In anticipation of the Easter egg hunt, and because most families with young children get up early on Easter Sunday, our first worship service of that day is always full of kids. After our community worship time we dismiss those kids to their own “special sermon time.”

Anyone who has ever been with a group of children who have already ingested way over their usual daily allowance of sugar, and can hardly wait for something else that is about to begin, knows how hard it can be to “lead.” Simple survival is usually the goal. Last year, I was the pastor who was designated to be with that group. What should we do with that time before the egg hunt began?

As we thought about it, something occurred to me. Maybe you have noticed that people have begun to small paint rocks and leave them around for others to find. Here on Whidbey Island, this practice has become so popular that there is a Facebook page called “Whidbey Island Rocks” where people post pictures of rocks they have found or rocks they have painted and hidden. (And as an aside, in what seems to be a sad reflection of our times, there is also a page called “Whidbey Island Anti-rocks” where you can go “if you’re tired of all the drama on Whidbey Island Rocks.”)

So last Easter Sunday, when adults had hidden gifts for our children, we decided to let the kids give back. They would create “encouragement” eggs (rocks) and hide them for the adults.

I know handing out rocks to sugar-amped children can be iffy but this time it paid off. The kids loved creating the messages and “hiding” their gifts for the adults to find. Like the thoughtful adults who hid the kid’s eggs, some children placed their rocks in plain view. Others were very clever with their hiding places. Then, just before worship ended, we all went back into the sanctuary and I told the congregation what the children had done. “Look for those gifts of encouragement,” I said.

Sure enough, after the benediction, while the children ran off to the playground for their Easter egg hunt, the adults grabbed their coffee and began finding their gifts.

It was one of those delightful, unpredictable times when the children got to be excited not only for their own adventures, but also for what the adults were experiencing. After their egg hunt, several of the children returned to see if their gifts had been found. If the rocks were still where they had been hidden, the children began whispering clues to the adults around them. Watching all that intergenerational caring was truly magical for me.

And now it was late July. The sanctuary and narthex were empty. And I was holding this rock in my hand.

It could be that the rock had just been overlooked for three months. But it was in such an easy-to-spot place that I suspected someone had put it there recently. Maybe someone found the rock on Easter Sunday and brought it back to pass the blessing along. Maybe someone found it in a tucked-away place and moved it out into the open. Maybe the rock was not from Easter at all but from someone who had just recently been inspired to create it and leave it there. Perhaps someone reading this blog knows something about this particular rock that I don’t. But someone had clearly left this gift, an anonymous encouragement to someone else along the way.

However it got there, I was grateful to find it. We all need those random gifts sometimes. I am no different. I held it gently in the palm of my hand, let myself absorb the encouragement it represented, and then put it back down. It was still there last I checked. Waiting as a gift for someone else along the way. Maybe it’s waiting for you.