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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!


worship_visitingtab.jpg Worship Opportunities:

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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Lessons from a Spinning Sheep

I loved it the first time I experienced it--the Children’s Nativity at UCUMC.  That first Christmas, I was newly engaged to be married.  My mind was racing with all the possibilities of life with my soon-to-be husband.  Those dreams now included anticipating the day when we might have a child who would be a sheep in this annual event.

The sheep were my favorite nativity characters. The four and five year olds always dressed in sweat suits turned inside out to reveal the fuzzy gray or black material hiding underneath. The addition of ears on their head and black socks on their hands and feet as hooves completed the barnyard ensemble.  They entered from the back of the church and crawled down the aisle on their hands and knees "BAAing" with all their might. The older children were shepherds and tried their best to herd the unruly sheep. It was adorable chaos that first year (and every year since),but  a true delight to watch!

Nine years, several failed fertility procedures, one miscarriage and one Chinese adoption later,  I FINALLY had a daughter old enough to be in the nativity.  I was going to have my very own sheep!  There was one small problem.  She did not share my excitement. She did not want to be a sheep. I tried everything to convince her. I told her how much fun it would be.  I told her how sad Mommy would be if she didn't do it. I pointed out other kids she knew who would be sheep, too. Finally, I gave up and told her Santa was still watching and he wanted her to be a sheep.  (Parenting is not easy!)

The big day arrived and I had my camera in hand and was hanging out of my pew to capture THE moment. For a second, I thought she might have "baacked out" of this, but there she was—the last sheep in the flock. I noticed that my precious sheep was the only one not wearing “ears.” She straggled behind, but she was moving. She finally got up to the stage where they had practiced how they were going to sit still and face baby Jesus. “Focus on baby Jesus,” the director had told them over and over.

However, “still” wasn’t really in her vocabulary. She managed to stay on her bottom, but instead of focusing on Jesus, she was spinning in circles.  She was the sheep in constant motion. At one point, she looked like she was going to jump off the stage. I quickly scrunched up my face into the "Mommy look” followed by a strong head shake, "no," and she went back to spinning. Later, I realized that I failed to capture her on film coming down the aisle. In my anxiousness to find her and wave to her, I missed her completely. I did get a nice shot of the back of her head.  I would have to hold these memories in my mind and heart instead of in my scrapbook.

One of the gifts of parenting is the way God uses my children to teach me.  I recognized myself as the stubborn sheep in the back trying to follow my Shepherd, but trying to do what I wanted, too.  Just as my daughter struggled to “focus on Jesus,” don’t I also get distracted and take my eyes off of Jesus?   God sees me spinning around in circles contemplating bad choices, too.  How many times does He gently shake His head, "no" and ask me to be still?  I was reminded that I need to set aside time to be still in the presence of God, especially during the Christmas season.  I don’t want to miss any beautiful moments with the people in my life and, more importantly, with my Savior.  God uses unlikely messengers to reach us.  He sent a tiny baby to save the world and a spinning sheep to remind me of it.  

- Michele Travis

TO BE A DISCIPLE MAKING CHURCH

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