Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I Worship Virtually as well as In-person?

We would love for you to join our virtual worship. On June 20,  in-person worship returned, along with virtual, and it is held 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, some of which are being held in person and many virtually. Please visit our Events Calendar for event information and links.

The FAQs below refer to current arrangements for our  in-person worship, as we move forward to restarting safely June 20. In the meantime, please join us virtually!

What Do I Do When I Arrive for Worship?

There will be a greeter or two at the main entrance who will provide directions. Until further notice, we are suspending indoor snacks and coffee and tea in the atrium. 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?

While many of us are fully vaccinated, children ages 5-11 now have that opportunity. Children are certainly welcome, and plans are being made in hopes of re-opening children’s classes or inside gatherings in 2022.  (In the meantime, outdoor gatherings continue.)

For more information about our Children's Ministry, click here.


We have not yet returned to serving communion. 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 gather in the front parking lot and talk with others and with our pastor following the service. On the first Sunday of each month, we plan to 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. (see calendar for details)

Is the Church Accessible to Those in Wheelchairs?