At Community United Church of Christ, learning and friendship grow together.

At any given time there are Bible studies, movie series, spiritual practice classes, and contemporary issues conversations.  Some are online, some on campus, and some both.  All ongoing groups for learning and friendship are listed below.  

Throughout the year we gather with all generations together.  Look for the annual campout at Umstead Park, the hilarious auction, creative workshops to prepare us for liturgical seasons, potlucks, and much more.  Details for seasonal events appear in the CUCC News & Events  and on the CUCC calendar

After both worship services an informal fellowship time provides an opportunity to ask questions and converse in small clusters.  Taizé participants remain in the Zoom room for conversation.  Each 10:30 worship location will have its own fellowship time.  Those on-campus will join the children in the courtyard or Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  Those on online can join a post-worship fellowship on Zoom to say “hello.”  

From time to time 10:30 worship fellowship is extended.  We might share a potluck followed by a guest speaker on a justice initiative or enjoy a themed celebration to raise funds for the youth mission trip.  Congregational meetings where we plan our life together are held three times a year during 10:30 worship fellowship.  You are welcome to participate in any fellowship event.  Vegetarian and vegan dishes join more traditional potluck fare, and foods are marked as requested for allergies. 

Bible study starts back soon! Join us on Wednesday nights during the summer for Bible study with Pastor Lacey at 7:00pm on Zoom. Each week, we discuss the scripture ahead of Sunday.

Some folks say they would like to attend but are hesitant because they don’t know very much about the Bible. Our weekly meetup is designed for all levels. Anyone who wants to learn more about God’s word is welcome to attend. The discussion often takes an interesting turn and as a group we arrive at new insights together. We’d love to have you join us!

Email Pastor Lacey for the Zoom link lacey.cucc@gmail.com  or check the Monday Online Events email.

Community United Church of Christ is full of book lovers and we enjoy getting together to discuss and explore.

Upcoming studies are announced in CUCC News & Events.

The CUCC Café is for anyone who happens to be free between 1-2PM on Fridays. There is no agenda – just time to catch up on what is happening in each other’s lives. We meet on Zoom.

Sometimes a change of location and a libation improve the conversation.

Life & Faith began in a local brewery and hopes to return there one day.  Questions for discussion arise from the group as each of us tries to figure out how to put into practice what we believe.  We talk about family, work, community.  We don’t always agree; we do laugh together. If no one has a question that night, Jane Smith brings a back up question to start the discussion.

What is said at Life & Faith stays at Life & Faith!  We seek to be a safe place for one another.  

Find the proposed discussion topic and the location for the month on the CUCC calendar.

This is a fluid group and friends are welcome – just drop in!  We meet on 1st Tuesdays, at Transfer Co. Food Hall on the back patio (or inside if it is raining).  Discussion starts at 7PM, so arrive by 6:30 if you want to order food (each person covers their own purchases).  We try to model God’s generosity by tipping well, whether we order water or a full meal.  The discussion wraps up at 8PM.

While there is generally a book or topic to focus our learning, the Monday Lunch Group is much more than a study group. We pray together for those on the congregation’s prayer list and delight in friendships built over time.

The Monday Lunch Group chooses a work of common interest to explore over a period of several weeks. Genres have included poetry, novels, spiritual writers, movies, and music.  A weekly email keeps us informed of upcoming topics and supplemental resources discovered by participants during the week.  If you would like to receive that weekly email, contact Monday Lunch Group Communicator Terri Fairley at tfairley50@att.net.

Monday Lunch Group meets every Monday, noon to 2 (with a soft start and ending) on campus. Newcomers and walk-ins are welcome; we recommend you plan to attend a full multi-week series to get the most out of the discussion.

Books by Biblical scholars written for the general public are the route this small group takes to explore the Bible together.  The group decides on a book together and charts how many pages to read for the next week. Discussion is wide ranging as participants move from the Bible, the scholar’s insights, and the text of their own experiences.  This is a questioning group which takes the Bible seriously but not literally, always searching for ways to live their faith.  The group is open to anyone in the community.  While you can drop in and out, you may find attending most of the weeks for a book most satisfying.  Sunday Morning Bible Study is currently hybrid, meeting together on Zoom and on campus.

The practice of tai chi is rooted in Chinese culture and combines specific physical movements with mind and spirit.  At Community United Church of  Christ, we practice gentle tai chi to music; movements are slow and can be adapted to sitting or standing.  The gentle practice is particularly helpful to those working on their balance, or those with joint pain.  After 30 minutes of practice, the group spends some time socializing – another way to connect mind, body and spirit.

Currently the tai chi group is meeting in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall, a large room which offers space for distancing.  Doors can be opened to keep fresh air circulating.  Bring your mask.

Novices are welcome; the group will happily show you the movements and the pace is slow.

Young adults in their 20s and 30s get together monthly to get to know one another and be community.  These meet-ups don’t have an agenda. Bring your friends or significant others.

Look for next month’s event in the newsletter or contact Pastor Lacey to receive email notifications.

Welcome to the CUCC Youth Group! We are a thriving, dynamic, and varied mixture of kind, insightful middle and high school youth who:

  • are an integral part of our church family
  • welcome everyone
  • devote ourselves to forming and nurturing connections to each other and to God
  • value laughter and curiosity
  • share our gifts and our time generously
  • work to keep anyone from being marginalized
  • practice safe church policies and are dedicated to caring for ourselves and each other responsibly.

During this time of COVID-19, we are finding many creative ways to continue to be church to one another and to the community. We gather both on Zoom and in safe, socially distanced gatherings on the church grounds. We also stay in touch through snail mail, group texts and group emails. We have continued to provide opportunities for worship, study, fellowship, service, and ministry.

Whether creating interactive racial justice signs, providing leadership in worship, building an All Saint’s Day memorial walk, or writing and filming a Christmas pageant, we continue to look at how our faith connects to our lives and to share how those connections inspire us.

We are a welcoming community of equality and grace and embrace all ways of thinking about the Holy. We value authenticity and the knowledge that we are (each one of us) beloved. We practice demonstrating God’s love and being open to receive it.  We acknowledge and own our responsibility to minister to others in our church family and beyond. We help one another to both celebrate the joys and cope with the challenges that life brings. We strive to love all our neighbors and to care for all of creation.

Calendar for Youth Fall 2022

For more information about our youth programming, traditions, or safe church policies, please contact Associate Pastor Śānti Matthews.

Have questions?

Associate Pastor Śānti Matthews will be in touch.

Contact education.cucc@gmail.com