The University Community of Christ offers many different ministries to meet a variety of needs.
Sunday Worship takes place in our Sanctuary at 10:00 am each Sunday and last approximately one hour. We believe in the ministry of the word as well as a ministry of music. Each service utilizes both, along with prayer, tithing, and readings. We are blessed to have a large number of musicians in our congregation to assist with music accompaniment. All are welcomed to worship with us.
Christian Education is offered on Sunday mornings at 9 am. Youth classes were established for our youth, ages 3 to our high school aged youth and are located in the youth classroom. The Adult Class meets in the dining area. Robert Mills leads discussions ranging from scripture study to recently published articles in the Herald.
The sacrament of administration is available to members and nonmembers alike. A person who is physically ill, emotionally strained, or sick in any other way may request administration. The purpose of this sacrament is to provide assurance of God’s care and concern and also of the church’s interest in that person.
If you are in need of administration, please call the pastor, Nancy, at
Led by Rich Gailbraith, our Praise Band is comprised of woodwinds, strings, percussion, guitars, drums, and vocals. While the band is comprised of many members of our youth, adult members are welcome as well. The Praise Band performs contemporary Christian music and can be seen in selected Worship Services. Check our Worship Calendar for dates the band will be playing. To join the Praise Band or for more information, please fill out our contact form, or email the pastor.
Prayer and Testimony Service
Our Prayer and Testimony Services have been postponed over the winter months. Check back to learn when services will continue. All are welcome to come and pray with us and testify as they feel led.
Outreach Ministries:Local Efforts
Local Outreach Ministries include the preparation and serving of meals at the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK). University Community of Christ usually serves on a quarterly basis and whenever they is a shortage of volunteers. Between 130 and 160 guests are fed at a typical LINK meal. Donations of food and clothing are also accepted at the church on behalf of various food pantries and clothing exchange outlets.
The purpose of L.I.N.K., the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, is to provide a pleasant, safe place for the hungry or lonely to share a free, nutritious meal and the companionship of one another. Organizers believe loneliness can be as painful as hunger, companionship as powerful as love. Anyone who desires a meal is served, no questions asked. Diners are treated as invited guests. LINK does not provide counseling, but rather refer individuals to appropriate agencies when they ask for help. LINK focuses on food and fellowship. Dace and Mark Inbody serve as congregational coordinators and participate as members of the LINK board of directors. University Community of Christ typically prepares and serves a meal for 130 – 160 guests once per quarter.
Food Pantries & Clothing Exchanges
University Community of Christ collects food & clothing that is donated to various food pantries & clothing exchange shops throughout the region. Canned goods and unopened food containers that do not require refrigeration are always in demand. Clothing items are also accepted.
Adopt – a – Family
University Community of Christ adopts one or two families each year for the holiday. A special offering is collected and our youth in our congregation embark upon a shopping trip to purchase gifts for these families.
Outreach Ministries: International Efforts
Our International Outreach Ministries includes fundraising to provide livestock and supplies for families living in poverty. Following the lead of our World Church leaders, we support the efforts of Outreach international. We have also worked through Heifer International which provides similar assistance for families living in poverty. Empowering them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope, both organizations place emphasis on providing families with hand-ups as opposed to hand-outs.
Outreach International is a humanitarian organization that currently works in 14 impoverished countries around the world, assisting hundreds of thousands of children, women and men to overcome the effects of poverty each year. They have been working with the world’s most marginalized people living in poverty since 1979, helping each person create new and brighter futures for themselves. Outreach International doesn’t give handouts, or believe in short-term fixes. Their mission is simple: they believe in long-term investments that bring about sustainable solutions and long-lasting change for the better. They call it Sustainable Good. Work efforts are focused on four key areas: children, families, communities and the environment.
With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer International helps families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. It's called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of their mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.