New to UCC?
You are very warmly welcome to UCC!
We’d love to get to know you – one way we do that is our Digital Visitors Card. You can fill in your Visitors Card here, and one of our pastors will be in touch.
We also offer a Newcomers Class twice a year. Newcomers classes are a way for you to learn more about what UCC is, and why and how we do things the way we do. In your Digital Visitors Card, you can ask to be contacted when we organise the next newcomers class.
Why Membership at UCC?
When we read the Bible we quickly learn that being a Christian means we are part of Christ’s body, and as His body we are called to meet together in way that is characterized by commitment and regularity. Membership is a way of making yourself accountable for that commitment to a local body of Christians and to pursuing your discipleship in the context of community.
We want you to make an informed decision about joining UCC. By providing a membership class, we can cover what it means to be a member of United Community Church, our church distinctives, and steps in the membership process. It is currently possible to explore membership at UCC by taking the UCC Membership Class online at the link below. In order to access the class videos and other materials you will need the password. This you can access by filling in the form below.
What to Expect From Membership Class
Welcome, and thank you for joining us to explore membership at United Community Church. Here’s what to expect:
We teach our membership course in two classes. These classes are usually taught by Shaun, and this year classes will also be streamed online. We provide notes for the classes, and are happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
If attending during a live class season, feel free to text your Membership Class WhatsApp Group with any questions, and Shaun or Miriam will get back to you as soon as possible.
After taking the last class, we invite you to consider whether you want to become a member of UCC. Within the next few weeks, please fill out and submit this membership covenant form to tell us either yes, you want to become a member or no, you do not want to become a member. An elder will be in touch with you shortly afterwards.
The next possible steps are to sign the membership covenant, have an interview with an elder, and if membership proceeds, to be officially blessed into our church during a Sunday worship service.
Live classes take place at Annankatu 7, 3rd floor, from 17:30-19:30, immediately after the Helsinki service finishes. You are welcome to some refreshments on the 2nd floor on your way up!
The live stream you will watch is an actual live stream – Shaun is teaching people in the room. This may account for certain stylistic issues. We aim to not show the other people in the room on camera for privacy purposes. Please follow along with the notes (linked above).
Unfortunately, even if you are watching the live stream in real time, there is no way to interact with us. When we mute the stream for discussion, we invite you to discuss with a friend or write your answers down. Please write questions down as well, if any come to mind! Keep your video and volume on, and continue with us after our discussion moments.
We currently do not have a date for when the next membership classes will be taught. We will post live stream links of the next classes here below when they are taught.
What to Expect on Sunday
UCC is a warmly welcoming church family. We follow annual rhythms based on historical church traditions, which we’ve incorporated into our church life today.
Call to Worship
We begin our Sunday services with a Call to Worship, a scripture passage to turn our minds to the God we serve, after which we sing together in praise and thanksgiving.
We love hearing from our brothers and sisters – we often have a short interview or testimony in our services, and we encourage sharing of prayer requests or praise reports as well.
We pray or read a confession corporately, after which we bless all the children in the service and invite them to their age-respective Sunday school groups.
We are currently in a sermon series on the letters to the Thessalonians. After a reading of the sermon text, we enjoy expository preaching from our pastors, or sometimes an elder or a visiting speaker.
Benediction & Announcements
We respond to the teaching of God’s Word in song, followed by a benediction from our pastor. We usually have a few announcements at the end of the service, and these are also available on the digital bulletin.
We encourage fellowship after the service, and of course seek to do this in accordance with governmental health recommendations. In normal times, both services offer an extended time of fellowship with snacks or a meal. We love getting the chance to have face to face fellowship with each other, a gift which has only grown dearer in these times of limited social contact.
We are currently meeting in person in both of our locations every week. If you are unable to join us in person due to the Covid-19 situation, you can find us online at ucclife.fi/bulletin.
We want to continue to walk alongside you in this season! If you live alone, are feeling isolated or lonely, or struggling with anything, please do reach out to a pastor, leader or friend. We’d love to visit with you, pray with you, go for a walk with you, have a phone call with you… just reach out.
Call or text pastor Shaun at 050 382 5148.