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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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Why in the World Would I Share my Faith?

“Why in the world would I want to talk to anyone about my faith?”  In my line of work, believe it or not, I have heard that question many times.  It is usually followed up with, “I would have no idea what to say” or “I don’t have the Bible memorized” or “I don’t know the Scriptures that well.”  Many excuses are used.  And yes, they are excuses.  Hi, I’m Bob Hickling and I’m blunt.  But please read on.

For those of you who don’t know, I work for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, specifically in the Crusade Ministries department.  I have been involved in BGEA crusades since 1997.  One component of crusade work is what we call the Christian Life & Witness Course, or “CLWC.”  This course was written in the mid 1950’s when Mr. Graham was holding a crusade in England.  It has been revised over the years, but the main precepts have not changed.  This course is the training for those who volunteer to be counselors at a crusade service.  At a crusade an invitation to come forward and accept Christ as Lord and Savior is given after the sermon.  Our trained counselors meet one-on-one with those who come forward, we call them “inquirers,” to solidify the decision that is being made and to pray for the inquirer. 

The course has made such a huge impact in churches around the world that we always encourage every church member to take the training even if they don’t want to be a counselor.  So we will often have people comment, “I do NOT want to be a counselor but I will take the training.”  Funny thing is, those are the very people who are at the front of the line to turn in an application to be a counselor!

The CLWC has four parts:

Session 1 – The Effective Christian Life
Explores biblical principles for living a life that pleases God, the preeminence of the Bible, and reliance on God’s power for effective service.

Session 2 – The Victorious Christian Life
Examines the reality of our daily walk with God and presents His provision for it. The result is an abundant life walking with Him, victorious over both temptation and adversity.

Session 3 – The Christian’s Witness
Shows how our lives, yielded to God, can be a powerful witness to others. Practical tips for an effective witness are presented.

Session 4 – Follow-Up and Care of New Christians
Presents the concepts of friendship evangelism and shares practical ways we can follow up with those we lead to Christ.

After the second session, we give an invitation in the classes.  99.9% of the attendees are church members.  But we often see 3% to 7% of the church members present realize they have never accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.  Another 10% to 20% seek assurance of their salvation and a whopping 10% to 33% rededicate their lives to Christ.  Church members who had been attending church for years realized they never accepted Jesus as Lord or needed assurance of that commitment or rededicated themselves to living an effective and victorious Christian life!!

So what does that have to do with why we should share our faith?  I’m glad you asked!  If we share our faith with someone, God could be working on their heart, drawing them to Himself, and we could be the earthly vessel God uses to speak to that person in a way that makes them realize they need Jesus in their life.  You don’t have to know the Bible inside and out.  You don’t have to have Scripture memorized.  You just need to make yourself available to God and allow Him to work through you.  It really is easy!  You can do it!!

For My Hope America with Billy Graham, the Matthew Training is a trimmed down version of the CLWC.  It’s the same first three sessions’ information without the training to be a counselor.  You have one more opportunity to take this training.  DO IT!  To really answer the “WHY” question do some simple math…if we have 50 Matthew homes from within UCUMC and the average My Hope response rate is 2.2 salvations per home, then that means a potential of 110 new Christians at UCUMC!!  Why not be a part of that??

If you’re still struggling with doubts, fears or questions, please see me at church or contact my wife, Kristen, or Tammy Cline.  We would be glad to answer any questions you have.

 

 Bob Hickling

 

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