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:

 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. 



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.

There are many ways to connect at UCUMC! cover_spring17_small.jpg

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. 



The Journey of the Prayer Shawl

By Carol Parker

I want to share with UCUMC family just how important the giving of a Prayer Shawl is to a person in need.

I lost a lovely friend and coworker, whose name is Loretta, to her battle with cancer on May 13, 2017.

I first learned that Loretta was a United Methodist Church member in Asheboro, NC, when I
attended her funeral. The funeral service was extremely moving to me. As I listened to the words of her minister, a peaceful feeling came over me, as it was then that I realized when you have a very strong faith as Loretta did, you embrace death as an opportunity to have a glorious life in Heaven with your Redeemer. Until I heard her minister’s words, I had no idea that Loretta realized the end of her life was drawing near, and she felt the need to lessen her family’s burden by making all the arrangements with her minister beforehand, so that her wishes would be carried out when she drew her last breath. Loretta was indeed ready to meet her eternal Father, and she was NOT afraid to die!

Background – Here is how I came to seek out and receive a prayer shawl for Loretta.

I feel I was inspired by God to reach out to Loretta and to do whatever I could to bring comfort and peace to her as she fought the courageous fight with cancer.

About 4-6 weeks before I learned that Loretta could no longer take care of herself, and the timehad come for her to move into a Hospice facility in Asheboro, NC, I felt I was being moved to ask someone in the Prayer Shawl Ministry if I could obtain a shawl for my friend who was not doing well with fighting her disease. She had become extremely weak, tired and could no longer get around by herself without assistance.

I felt strongly that the prayer shawl would bring peace, comfort and hope to Loretta during this most critical time in her life.

As I was driving to church that Sunday morning, I prayed that my Cornerstone friend, Sharon Weynand, who is one of the members of the UCUMC Prayer Shawl group, would be around that morning to help me with my quest.

I couldn’t believe my eyes as I pulled into a parking space, as Sharon was standing right outside the entrance to church waiting for her husband Dave to pick her up.

I approached her and told her about my friend and how I felt a prayer shawl would surely comfort her. Sharon immediately took me to the Prayer Shawl closet. I signed the book to acknowledge receiving a shawl and even got to choose the shawl color that spoke to me for my dear friend Loretta. I picked out a blue and black shawl and couldn’t wait to mail it to Loretta’s home in Asheboro, as a surprise gift. I never called or sent her a text to let her know it was coming in the mail. Again, I had no idea how weak Loretta had become and how her disease was spreading very rapidly.

My husband, Bill, mailed the shawl the next day for me. I waited patiently hoping to hear from Loretta in a week or two. I was hoping she would tell me that the shawl was comforting to her. Weeks went by and no word came from Loretta. All I could think was that the package was still laying on her front porch unopened, as she was too weak to go outside for the mail.

On the morning of her death my husband Bill and I headed to Asheboro to visit her at the Hospice facility. Sadly, we received word before we got on the road that Loretta had passed away early that morning. I guess it was not meant to be that I see her before she died.

As the funeral service came to an end on May 13 in this very tiny United Methodist Church in Asheboro, I knew that I had to ask her family if she ever received the prayer shawl. As I gave my condolences to her granddaughter, I asked about the shawl. When I asked Emerald, she told me that her grandmother loved the prayer shawl and would not take it off. She had it on every day and that included the morning she died. I cried as she told me that this precious shawl was by Loretta’s feet in the casket and would be buried with her.

At that moment, my prayers had been answered. The beautiful shawl wrapped around my friend had come at just the right time, when she needed it the most, her last few weeks on this earth. I believe the shawl represented God’s arms wrapped tightly around Loretta to give her comfort in the knowledge that her life on this earth was done, and she was now ready to join her Father in Heaven.