Whether you are new to the Reston area, seeking a new church home, or new to Church, you may have some questions about making your first visit...
Where do I park?
We welcome you to park in one of the spots designated for first time guests.
Where is UCP?
11508 North Shore Drive, Reston. (Right next to Lake Anne Elementary School).
Can I take public transportation?
We are very accessible via public transportation. Using the Fairfax Connector, you can get to UCP using RIBS 3 or RIBS 1. RIBS 3 stops right outside the front of the building. RIBS 1 also gets you to UCP. It stops at Lake Anne ES and is less than a 5 minute walk to UCP. Check out the bus schedule.
What do I wear?
Dress is informal. There is no dress code. You will see some people dressed up and some dressed casually.
When is worship?
Sundays, 8:30 & 11 AM.
Is worship different in the summer?
Yes. From June 9-September 1, there is one morning service at 10 AM.
What about children?
Children are welcome in worship. A special time during the service is set aside for children. Children aged three-1 grade are then invited to worship with Godly Play. In the summer, children stay in worship. There is a special table in the back of the Sanctuary with children's activities.
Is nursery care available?
Nursery care is available all year-round for children ages two and younger. In the summer, nursery care is for children ages three and younger.
Who are the Pastors?
Rev. Elisabeth Willams (Pastor Beth) and Rev. Dr. Marcus L. Leathers (Pastor Marcus). You can learn more about them here.
What denomination is UCP?
This is definitely the most popular question. United Christian Parish is an ecumenical (or multi-denominational) church united in ministry: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian (USA), United Church of Christ and United Methodist. The practices and beliefs of all four of these denominations are carried out in worship and in the day-to-day ministries.
Will I feel comfortable if I am not familiar with any of these denominations?
Yes! Guests and members are from all faith backgrounds. The unique structure of UCP is intriguing, and you may have questions when first entering, but you do not need to be familiar with one of the four denominations to feel comfortable.
Why four denominations?
We are four denominations intentionally united in ministry to witness to the things that we have in common in Christ. We believe this allows more autonomy in exploring beliefs and faith practices. We understand that this type of ministry is new to most people and welcome any questions you have.
How will I be welcomed?
A heartfelt greeting is part of what makes a church a church. Our greeters are there to help you and answer any question you may have. Check out the video below for more: