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.

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?