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Welcome to our Guests!

Welcome to University City UMC! Here at UCUMC we strive to be a welcoming congregation to our community and especially to our guests. Our hope is that you will know that you are always welcome here just as you are, whether you have been away from church for a while, or never affiliated with any church. Whether you're married, single, divorced, or in transition, you truly matter to us because you matter to God. We would be honored to have you become a part of University City United Methodist Church!


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Sunday
 9:45 AM - Traditional Worship - Sanctuary
11:00 AM - Contemporary Worship - Sanctuary  

Please check the upcoming week's bulletin on our Media Page for specific worship details.

Sunday Morning Inside the Worship Center...
Upon entering the Worship Center upper level, you will notice a Welcome Center to your left and smiling Greeters ready to say hello and help you find your way around the church campus. You may visit the Guest Kiosk, which will be to your right upon entering, to receive valuable information designed just for you, our guests!  Check out our Café for coffee and a relaxing place to fellowship with our church community. . 

Be sure to let us know you visited by:
Filling out a communication card, a tear-off card located in the Worship bulletin.
Asking us questions - we love to answer them!
Completing our 1st and 2nd time guest surveys: Click Here for First-time Guests; Click Here for Second-time Guests. 

 

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University City United Methodist Church
3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28269
(Corner of WT Harris & W. Sugar Creek Rd.)
Google Map Directions 
CLICK HERE for Campus Map 

Phone: 704-369-8000 • Fax: 704-369-0481
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Finding Us
Enter the church parking lot from either Brookstone Drive or WT Harris Boulevard and you will find signs directing you to the Guest parking, located in the Upper parking lot.  If you are looking for a meeting, or the adult Sunday school classrooms you will want to park in the Lower paring lot and walk into the Church Office entrance. If you are looking for youth or children Sunday school classrooms, you will want to park in the Lower parking lot, closest to the Disciple Center and enter that building.

While we believe there are many unique things about UCUMC, we hope you will find our warm, welcoming
 attitude towards our guests sets us apart.  Many of us remember how it felt to be a newcomer to church, and we want to make your time with us comfortable and inviting.  Our hope is that you will know that you are always welcome here just as you are, whether you have been away from church for a while, or never affiliated with any church. Whether you're married, single, divorced, or in transition, you truly matter to us because you matter to God. We would be honored to have you become a part of University City United Methodist Church!

Once you enter the church parking lot from either Brookstone Drive or WT Harris Boulevard, you will find Guest reserved parking in the upper level parking lot, closest to the front doors of the Worship Center.  Lower level parking leads to the Adult Sunday school classrooms (Lower Level Worship Center) and Children and Youth Sunday school classrooms (Disciple Center).  CLICK HERE for campus map.

Upon entering the building, you will notice our Guest Information kiosk and smiling Greeters ready to say hello and help you find your way around the church campus.  We will gladly walk with you to show you where you may need to go on campus. Visit the Guest Café  designed just for you, our guests!

While you are with us...

Enjoy one of our Sunday worship services - 9:45am with choir, or 11:00am with band.
Make sure you fill out a communication card, located in the Worship bulletin, so we know you are here.
Ask questions - we love to answer them!
Give us feedback - fill out our First-time Guest Survey or Second-time Guest Survey to tell us what you thought about your visit. 
Find out more about what is going on in and around UCUMC by picking up our weekly UCUMC News.

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You can worship with us, join one of our many L.I.F.E. Groups or other small groups, join a Sunday School class, or serve in our ministries, just to name a few. We, at University City UMC, are passionate about helping you find your place here. Check out ways to get plugged in below!

Get to Know our pastors & staff. 
Learn about Getting Started at UCUMC
Find an Adult Small Group opportunity that fits your lifestyle
Connect with our Youth Ministry - FUSION (6th-12th grades)
Hang out with our Children's Ministry - UC Kids (birth through 5th grade)
Discover a Serving Opportunity within our congregational body or outside the body.
Find a Support Group designed to help with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. 

 

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GriefShare

It hurts to lose someone. Find help at GriefShare.gs_logo_small.jpg

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

How GriefShare works

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. “Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.”

GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements:

Video seminar with experts: Each week your GriefShare group will watch a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos are produced in an interesting television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, dramatic reenactments, and on-location video.

Support group discussion with focus: After viewing the video, you and the other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

Personal study and reflection: During the week you will have the opportunity to use your workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out your emotions through journaling. Your group will spend time discussing questions and comments from the workbook study.
When to join a GriefShare group

You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. You will be able to continue with GriefShare through the next 13-week cycle and view any of the videos you have not seen.

Weekly session topics

Each week your group will watch a video seminar on DVD. The GriefShare videos cover topics essential to your recovery from the hurt of grief and loss. The videos are produced in a compelling television magazine format and feature interviews with grief recovery experts, mini-dramas, on-location video, and real-life stories of people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Here is a snapshot of key themes found in each of the 13 GriefShare session videos.

1. Is This Normal?  You’ll discover why your grief experience is harder than you imagined; Why the intensity and duration of your emotions are normal and appropriate; Despite how you feel right now, there is reason for hope

2. Challenges of Grief: You’ll learn more eye-opening reasons why your pain is so overwhelming; Some of the overlooked, yet common, effects grief has on your mind, body, and spirit; How to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy

3. The Journey of Grief – Part One: You’ll learn helpful goals to set on your journey of grief; How to deal with those who try to rush you through your grief; How long the journey of grief typically lasts

4. The Journey of Grief – Part Two: You’ll learn why it’s important to put effort into your healing; How the events surrounding your loved one’s death affect your grief; The best ways to deal with your loved one’s belongings

5. Grief and Your Relationships: You’ll find out how the death of a loved one affects your friendships; Why solitude can be a blessing and a curse; How to deal with friends who don’t understand your grief

6. Why? This session demonstrates that God wants you to share your feelings with Him; Why being honest with God is an expression of faith; What God has to say to you about your “why” questions

7. Guilt and Anger: You’ll learn how to deal with false guilt; How to grieve conflicted relationships; How to handle grief-related anger

8. Complicating Factors: You’ll begin to see how traumatic experiences affect grief; How to deal with nightmares and flashbacks; How your thinking affects your emotions

9. Stuck: You’ll discover how to prevent getting stuck in grief; Common misconceptions that hinder healing; Why your path to healing isn’t always smooth

10. Lessons of Grief – Part One: You’ll become aware of an often-overlooked reason that grief is so painful; Why going to church can be so difficult; The benefits of helping others

11. Lessons of Grief – Part Two: This session provides a more complete picture of who you are now that your loved one is gone; Why no one grieves perfectly; What grief can teach you about relationships

12. Heaven: Session 12 answers questions about heaven and the afterlife, such as what heaven is like; Whether you should communicate with your deceased loved one; Whether near-death experiences are reliable descriptions of heaven; And many more

13. What Do I Live for Now? You’ll learn why moving forward is a necessity; Why it’s a process; Why peace and pain will always coexist

 

Have questions? Need more information? Contact Michele Travis - mtravis@ucumc.org or (704) 369-8006.

 

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