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At UPC, we are a group of people on mission together. We love Jesus, and our mission is to share the hope of Jesus Christ with people in our city and around the world.

You are welcome here. 

University Presbyterian Church is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic congregation with a singular focus on Jesus Christ. Everything we do—every worship service, every ministry, every small group—is about Jesus Christ.

Our Vision: Every member a minister
What does this mean? It means that if UPC is your church home, there is a place for you to serve. We are all called to share hope, to be a minister to those around us.

Our Mission: To SHARE HOPE in Jesus Christ

Our Core Experiences: Alive in Christ | Alive Together | Living for the World

Services

January 1: "The Sudden Turn of Joy", worship services at 10am (Traditional) and 5pm (Contemporary)

Limited childcare and no Larson Fellowship

January 8: "Two Virtues of Greatness", worship services return to normal schedule:

Traditional: 8:30 and 11:45am

Contemporary: 10am and 5pm

Traditional services
8:30 & 11:45am
Our 8:30 service features the UPC Cathedral Choir, Choral Ensemble, and pipe organ with traditional hymns. Our 11:45 service features a variety of smaller music ensembles and traditional hymns. Wear your Sunday best or come as you are: you are welcome here.

Contemporary services
10am & 5pm
Come as you are and experience our contemporary services that incorporate modern worship music and a more relaxed style.

* Prayer teams are available to pray with you at the front of the Sanctuary after the concluding music of each service.

Parking

One of the benefits of University Presbyterian Church's location is the convenience and proximity to the University of Washington. However, this prime, inner-city Seattle location comes with its share of parking challenges. We encourage you to save the spots closest to the church for our members and guests who are less able to get around.

Also note that all University Presbyterian Church lots require a University Presbyterian Church parking pass, available at the Welcome Kiosk. 

UPC's Underground Garage

Enter mid-block on 16th Avenue NE, between NE 45th and NE 47th streets. Garage is wheelchair accessible and is for those with limited mobility.

UPC's North Lot

Corner of NE 47th and 15th Avenue NE. On Sundays this lot is for first-time visitors, those with a physical need to be near the church, one adult with small children, or those with a carload of supplies to unload.

University Presbyterian Church's West Lot 

Enter mid-block on 15th Avenue NE (southbound only on Sundays) between NE 45th and NE 47th streets. Lot offers accessible parking. 

4545 Parking Garage 

Enter mid-block on 15th Avenue NE (southbound only on Sundays) between NE 45th and NE 47th streets. Parking is free on Saturdays, Sundays, and evenings after 6pm on all levels when gates are open. Please respect University of Washington reserved stalls at all times. 

Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot 

Ground-level garage adjacent to University Presbyterian Church West Lot. Enter mid-block on 15th Avenue NE (southbound only on Sundays) between NE 45th and NE 47th streets. Parking is free on Sundays and evenings after 6pm; bank parking only at all other times. Offers accessible parking. 

University of Washington Campus Lots 

For North lot, enter through main university entrance at 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street. For the Central Plaza (Red Square) underground garage, enter at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st Street. Free parking on Sundays; pay parking available Monday through Saturday. 

For information on getting to UPC on the bus, use the Seattle Metro trip planner.

Children's Care & Classes

January 1:

10am: Traditional service - childcare available for birth - kindergarten
5pm: Contemporary service - childcare available for 2 years – kindergarten

January 8th and onwards:

Care and classes at 8:30am, 10am, and 5pm for children birth through 2 years, and at all worship services for age 3–grade 5. Elementary children (grades 1–5) begin worship in the Sanctuary and are invited to continue worship in their classrooms partway through the service. Arrive a little early and visit the Children's Check-In table in the lobby to meet some friendly faces and learn where your kids will go

 

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Ministries

To accomplish our mission, UPC's ministries emphasize spiritual formation, life-changing community, and lay leadership. Here's a rundown on a few ministries: 

Small Groups

For decades, small groups have been a vital part of forming communities within our larger church community. We now have more than 300 small groups throughout Western Washington, all sustained by leaders who give of their time and their energy to form these vital communities within the larger community.  

Side-by-Side

When families relocate to Seattle to receive medical treatment for a seriously ill child, they often leave behind their friends, neighbors, and support networks. Throughout the year, Side-by-Side volunteers offer practical and relational support, sharing moments of laughter, rest, and togetherness with these families. At our annual week-long summer camp, over 200 volunteers help create a week of revelry and hilarity to enjoy with 20 families who have a child with cancer. 

Outreach

UPC supports over 30 missionaries and ministry partners in the USA and abroad, and each year we send hundreds of people on short-term international missions. Right here in Seattle, we partner with Urban Impact, the University Food Bank, Renton Area Youth and Family Services, and Street Youth Ministries, among many others. 

University Ministries

We're just two blocks from UW—and we're right on the path between Greek Row and Starbucks—which puts us in a unique place to minister to college students. Every Tuesday we have The Inn, a large worship service where college students can grow in their faith and bring their friends. One of the coolest things about University Ministries is the way they take college students beyond the Inn, giving them a vision for a lifelong walk with Christ. University interns and students have gone on to found and lead ministries across the country, and UMin continues to support them through the Ascent network.

Children & Youth

UPC is a place where children and youth are actively encouraged to share hope in Jesus Christ. Our children recently supported and raised money to build a school in Haiti. Our middle and high-schoolers regularly serve right here in Seattle and make annual trips to serve in Tijuana, Los Angeles, Wapato, and Scotland, to name a few.