United Christian Parish - UCP

Open & affirming church. United in ministry: Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church.

Mission: Creating opportunities for all people in the community to experience the amazing grace and love of God, whom we know through Christ.


Weather Updates | United Christian Parish

Good morning! We are opening today at 10 AM. The Preschool is closed. Learn more: ucpreston.org/weather-updates


UCP is closing at 1 PM today. Stay safe everyone! For weather-related updates, visit our website: ucpreston.org/weather-updates

On Sunday, Pastor Beth was officially installed as co-pastor!

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to another year full of God's blessings and love!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve! We are offering two Christmas Eve services tonight: 4 & 8 PM. ALL welcome.
Learn more: ucpreston.org/christmas

We have been talking about and practicing hygge, the art of coziness & well-being. This sounds great when life is going according to plan. But, is hygge really practical when the thunderstorms of life hit?

On our latest blog post, read a story of finding peace, joy and embracing hygge during a difficult time: https://walkinghumblywithgod.wordpress.com/2019/12/19/unexpected-hygge/

Celebrating Christmas

Our music groups have been celebrating all month long and are looking forward to worship on Christmas Eve: 4 & 8 PM.
Learn more: ucpreston.org/christmas

Gospel Choir

Beautiful music celebrating the season! We can't wait for them to sing at the 8 PM Christmas Eve Service.

Check out our Liturgical Dance group, Total Praise.

Total Praise, Liturgical Dance group, at the Christmas Festival.

Christmas Festival 2019

Christmas Festival 2019

On the shortest day of the year, be reminded of God’s universal light that shines through even in the darkest days. This Friday, Dec. 20, 7:30 PM, worship includes prayer, mediation and times of pause for reflection. It will be particularly relevant to those who are hurting, grieving or struggling this time of year. All welcome to come and rest in God’s presence and to look toward hope.

United Christian Parish Preschool

We celebrated Christmas with Pastor Beth in the sanctuary this week. We arrived to the empty manger and Pastor Beth told us the Christmas Story. The children dressed as angels and shepards and took their places in the story. We sang hymns together with our parents and finally welcomed Baby Jesus to His sweet bed. Merry Christmas from our School Family! (Photo cred to Miss Jen)
#preschool #babyjesus #christmas #awayinamanger #ucppreschool #childrenschapel #reston #herndon #lakeanneplaza #lakeanne @ United Christian Parish - UCP

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and attend one of our two morning services tomorrow: 8:30 & 11 AM. You will be filled with authentic joy found through Christ.

New blog post: "Music at Advent." Read it here: www.walkinghumblywithgod.blog

Staff Christmas Party 2019!

New post on the blog! Read "Christmas Reflections:" www.walkinghumblywithgod.blog

Advent Quiet Day stations are set up!

With just 14 days until Christmas, make sure to take personal time for prayer and meditation.

Door 1 is open 9 AM-9 PM today for you embrace “Holy Hygge” through the prayer stations.

Did you know that we are posting daily devotions through Christmas? Start your day with a focus on Jesus by reading these short devotions: https://walkinghumblywithgod.wordpress.com/advent-devotionals/

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service 2019

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service 2019

Project Linus, Fairfax County Chapter

Thank you very much to the busy holiday elves who came to make fleece blankets during the United Christian Parish Christmas Festival yesterday! These 30 blankets will go to the Ronald McDonald House of DC and NOVARelief, which ships blankets to Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan.


Christmas Festival | United Christian Parish

Come celebrate the Christmas season tomorrow, December 8, 3:30-7:30 PM! All invited to this fun for all ages event:
🎄🎨 Christmas crafts
🎁 Christmas shop (children shop for gifts to give)
📚book fair
♥️service opportunities

Learn more: http://ucpreston.org/christmas-festival/

ucpreston.org Celebrate the Christmas Season at this community, fun for all ages, FREE event! There will be a range of activities to get you in the holiday spirit. Come at any time and stay for as little, or as long, as your schedule allows.

New post on the blog! Pastor Marcus shares a story of a Christmas morning his family had together: www.walkinghumblywithgod.blog

"I don’t have to travel to Vermont to feel that calm place; I just need to remind myself such calm exists and that, having found it once, I can summon it at will."

New post on the blog!

During Advent, we are practicing "Holy Hygge." What is Holy Hygge, you ask? Pastor Beth explains on our blog: https://walkinghumblywithgod.blog/

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. In worship, we are talking about hope. ALL welcome!

Worship times: 8:30 & 11 AM.

We are thankful for the people of UCP and the community in which we are a part. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

[11/27/19]   Thank you to everyone who chose to unite in gratitude by attending tonight’s inspiring Thanksgiving Interfaith Service. If you missed the service, or want to see it again, the live video is posted on our Page.

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service!

TONIGHT! People from all different faith backgrounds unite in gratitude for a Thanksgiving Interfaith service. All welcome!
7 PM: Doors open & refreshments served
7:30 PM: Service (live stream from our page begins!)
A reception follows the service.
There is free parking in our parking lot. Use Door 1 to access the Sanctuary.

November 25 *update*: We have collected over 5k for Centreville Labor Resource Center and Herndon-Reston FISH. Thank you donors!

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service Special Announcement

a message from Pastor Marcus & Pastor Beth

On Sunday we collected over 4k for Centreville Labor Resource Center and Herndon-Reston FISH. Thank you donors!

Who wants to see Harriet Movie?

See the movie for FREE this Sunday, AMC Theaters-Worldgate! The Youth Group has their seats reserved and many of you expressed interest in wanting to go too. So, we purchased another row of seats!

Tickets are at no cost to you and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Pastor Beth, [email protected], to claim your ticket!

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

Will you be there on November 26?

Listen to Sunday's sermon, "Broken-hearted," by Pastor Beth online: http://ucpreston.org/resources/sermons/broken-hearted/

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Part 2 of 2 of "For The Sake of God's Name," by Pastor Marcus is now posted! Listen online:


ucpreston.org For The Sake Of God's Name, part 2ListenDownloadNov 03, 2019Preacher: Rev. Dr. Marcus LeathersSeries: One Church. One Family. One Mission.Summary:Pastor Marcus casts the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal as a choice for the people of Israel – a choice between fertility and fidelity. They ca...

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Fall Festival and Art & Craft Fair

Fall Festival and Art & Craft Fair

Happy Halloween from the United Christian Parish Preschool staff!

Hear Sunday's sermon, "For the Sake Of God's Name," by Pastor Marcus online:

Sixty blankets were made at the Fall Festival through Project Linus, Fairfax County Chapter.The blankets will go to Sentara Hospital in Woodbridge and its standalone emergency care facility in Lake Ridge. Thank you volunteers!

[10/26/19]   Thank you to all who attended the Fall Festival and Art & Craft Fair. The event was a huge success and we are thankful to be part of such an energetic and engaged community!

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Celebrating Christmas
Gospel Choir
Check out our Liturgical Dance group, Total Praise.
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service Special Announcement
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
Fall Festival and Art & Craft Fair
I Love My Church: Diversity & People




11508 N Shore Dr
Reston, VA

General information

Welcome to The United Christian Parish of Reston, Virginia! We are an ecumenical church uniting in ministry four denominations: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church. We are an Open and Affirming, More Light, Reconciling Congregation in Reston, Virginia. We pray that you will be touched by the peace and joy of God's Spirit in this place. All are welcome to join us for worship services and Sunday School! 8:30a - Worship 9:50a - Sunday School for All Ages 11:00a - Worship and Communion 7:30p - Lay Led Worship Communion is offered each Sunday at the 11:00a services, as well as at the 8:30a service on the first Sunday of each month. Nursery and child care are available during 8:30a and 11:00a services.
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