The world at our doorstep
Seattle is a culturally-diverse city, attracting internationals from across the globe for work and education. The University of Washington’s undergraduate population hit 15.2% in the fall of 2015. There are almost 4,000 students from China alone at the UW. As a university church, UPC is blessed by the growing international community in our neighborhood and is committed to international ministry, developing community for international students and scholars from the UW, language schools, and local colleges.
The mission of UPC is to show hospitality to internationals and to make global disciples who can share hope here and now but also in their home context.
Global Friends is a multiethnic community where international scholars and their families can enjoy food, make friends, and learn about American culture through classes and social events.
On Friday nights at 6pm, join for dinner, worship, and classes with international scholars and families.
Are you trying to learn English? Join an ESL class at the church.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Get to know new friends by joining a Boeing tour, hiking trip, or volunteering event.
Stay up to date on Global Friends events by signing up for the weekly newsletter.
International Friendship House
The International Friendship House is a residential community of international
students. It has been a “home away from home” for internationals for over 30
LIVE IN THE IFH
The IFH is home to Christian international students living in a Jesus-centered community. The mission of the IFH residents is to serve the international community through hospitality and welcome.
On Tuesday nights, join the IFH for a dinner cooked by the residents—with food from different cultures each week. Join for dinner, games, group discussions and optional Bible study.
Make friends at the IFH through attending retreats to Whidbey Island, movie nights, or holiday parties. John the IFH Facebook group to stay current on IFH events.Apply to live in the IFH
There are many ways to get plugged into community, make international friends, learn English, and get connected into the life of the church!
SUNDAY DISCUSSION GROUP
Sundays after the 10am service | Larson Hall
Enjoy food and a small group sermon discussion. Contact: Alan
Morning and evening ESL Classes. Five levels of classes from beginner to advanced are offered on weekdays. Cost $50 each quarter. Contact: Valerie
THURSDAY TALK TIME
Thursdays, 1-3pm | 4718 NE 15th Ave
Practice English with native speakers. Contact: Rich and Joanna
WORSHIP AND STUDY
Wednesdays 10-11:30am | UPC
Practice your English through reading the Bible and discussion with others. No childcare available. Contact: Anne
Ministry with Internationals welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds: students, young adults, families, retirees, locals and internationals. If you are searching for an ethnically diverse, Jesus centered community in which to serve, there are many ways to get involved.
• Help cook dinner at Global Friends on Friday nights
• Help with the children’s ministry at Global Friends on Friday nights (Bring your kids to volunteer with you!)
• Invite international students and families to your home for a meal
• Plan a weekend outing or event for internationals
News and Events
There is always something going on! Read our most recent newsletter for a recap of last quarter’s highlights. And check our upcoming events for ways to get plugged into the community.
Picnics in the Park
Food, friends, and fun for international students, scholars, and families.
+ July 14, 21 & 28 \ 6-9pm \ Ravenna Park Picnic Shelter
+ Contact: Stew, x409
Support the International Communities
The generosity of the community makes the ministry of Global Friends, the International Friendship House, and our Bible studies and small groups possible—through the gifts of your prayers, service, and financial contributions. On an average Friday night at Global Friends, we serve dinner to 220 to 250 people. Our numbers keep growing, and your support keeps food on the table and makes ministry possible!