Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Can I Worship Virtually?

We would love for you to join our virtual worship. All worship is currently virtual, and it is held via Zoom at 10:30AM Eastern each Sunday morning. Please visit our Events Calendar for event information and links.

Are There Other Events I Can Attend, In Addition To Sunday Worship?

Yes! Please feel free to join us for our Adult Education classes, which are also being held virtually. Please visit our Events Calendar for event information and links.

The FAQs below refer to in-person worship, which we look forward to restarting again when it is safe. In the meantime, please join us virtually!

What Do I Do When I Arrive for Worship?

There will be a greeter or two inside the main entrance who will provide directions, information and a nametag. Usually there are snacks and coffee and tea in the atrium as well. (Lots of people mingle and hangout here.) As you enter the worship space, an usher will provide you with a worship bulletin. You may sit anywhere you like.

What is Appropriate Attire for Worship?

We are very much a "come as you are" congregation. Many of us wear jeans or other casual clothing for worship. 

What About Children?

We provide a professional nursery for infants and toddlers. Children through 5th grade are included in the first portion of worship and then dismissed to special classes after a "Children's Moment." For more information about our Children's Ministry, click here.


Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. At Umstead Park UCC, all are welcome to Christ’s table. Communion is offered in a traditional manner, by intinction, during which worshippers who choose walk to a communion station take a piece of the bread and dip it in the cup.  The cup contains juice.

How Do I Get There and What About Parking?
Umstead Park UCC is located at 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617.  You may park in our parking lot or in any of the parking lots of adjacent businesses. Our church building does not look like a traditional church. You can see pictures of the building and our sign on the Our Building page.

What Happens When the Service is Over?
We invite you to stay and talk with others and with our pastor following the service. On the first Sunday of each month, we offer a Newcomers and Inquirers Gathering for about 30 minutes immediately following worship. This is an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the UCC as a denomination and UPUCC as a church. On the second Sunday of each month, an adult forum is offered after worship. (see calendar for details)

Is the Church Accessible to Those in Wheelchairs?