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.

Blessing Of The Backpacks

Sunday, September 8

People of all ages who will be students, staff, and faculty this fall–kids, youth, adults, teachers, professors, and school staff–are invited to bring their backpacks to church on Sunday, Sept 8 for our annual “Blessing of the Backpacks” ceremony during the first part of the 10:00 worship service. We’ll call people forward. Please join us up front, and if you forget your backpack, that’s totally okay, because it’s really you we’re blessing

Homecoming Block Party!

Sunday, September 15

The whole church is invited to our annual homecoming picnic! Again this year, we’re making it a block party and closing down 16th Ave to have a fun outdoor BBQ. There will be lots of fun games and activities in addition to yummy food! Mark your calendars. We also need helpers, so please let Betsy or Margaret Swanson know if you could help with food or an activity.

Preparing for the 2019-2020 Program Year

Hello UCUCC Families!

This is to inform you about the 2019/2020 program year so you’ll know what to expect when the new year starts on Sunday, September 8th. We are grateful to have a very full program and are working to balance our numbers across classrooms, in adherence to our Safe Child Policy’s adult-to-child ratio.

Every Sunday, the Toddler – 3’s classes are led by longtime staff members Holly Hendrickson, Lisa Coleman, and Katrina Fitzpatrick, along with one volunteer from our congregation.

The Pre K / Kinder classroom and the elementary classrooms are led by two adult volunteer co-leaders from our congregation, and they might sometimes be assisted by amazing middle and high school youth volunteers.

When the children are released from worship after the first verse of “a song with Our Children,” children will exit the Sanctuary and go along with classmates to their classrooms. Elementary schoolers will return to the sanctuary and rejoin the service, most likely during the Passing of the Peace. Sometimes they may get so busy, they return a little later, and sometimes they’ll return earlier.  Preschoolers will remain in their classrooms until parents sign them out after the worship service ends.

To prepare for September 8th, please take a moment to let us know whether your child plans to be in regular attendance for the full program year and to fill out the Registration Form and Image Release Form we require each year.

You can find the forms by clicking these links:
>> Children and Youth Programs Family Registration
>> Image Release Form

Why do I need to fill out registration paperwork AGAIN this year? Many things change in the course of a year, especially with a child’s development. This is your chance to let us know of any changes that have occurred with your child, such as:

  • whether he/she has new needs in order for Sunday class to be successful and nourishing.
  • Is he/she experiencing problems in other classes that we need to be aware of, so we can make Sunday class feel safe and welcoming?
  • Has your phone number changed? etc.

It is beneficial for us to have accurate, up-to-date information for every child, every year. Please turn forms in to me, either in person on Sunday or in my mailbox in the office.

New This Year:  An ask for families to volunteer in classrooms twice.

The Children’s Ministry Committee is asking every family with a child enrolled in our program to volunteer twice in the 10-month period between September 2019 and June 2020 in a classroom of your choice. Not twice per adult, and not twice per child in your family, but just twice. In families with two adults, you can each volunteer once or choose one of you to do it twice. In families with one adult, we’re asking you to volunteer twice during the year.

On most Sundays, we’ll need a total of 9 adult volunteers:

  • 2 for infants/crawlers
  • 1 with Toddler – 3-year-olds
  • 2 for the Pre K / Kinder class
  • 2 in the 1st -2nd grade class
  • 2 in the 3rd – 5th grade class.

Every first Sunday of the month, our 1st – 5th graders combine into one class and go with a pastor to the chapel for Special Sermon Time. On those days, only 1 adult volunteer is needed for all of elementary.

You can volunteer in ANY classroom. Some love to be in their child’s class and some find it more difficult. Whatever works for you. Of course, everyone is welcome to volunteer more than twice, but at least twice for families is our new ask. Click here to sign up on our volunteer site, SignUp Genius=> https://www.signupgenius.com/

Note that we’re calling it an “ask,” and not a “requirement.”  If volunteering presents a hardship for you, please speak with me and don’t carry this as a burden.  We’re your church, so we’ll work it out!

I look forward to “being the church” with you and your children this year at UCUCC.

Sincerely,
Betsy Herring