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.

Happy Friday! May your day be filled with love!

This week, we are sharing practical ways we can love our community, especially through our Environmental Justice ministry. #ilovemychurch

You are invited to learn more this Sunday, 10 AM. Check out the video with Pastor Marcus and Sue.


United Christian Parish

Hear the first sermon from the summer series "I Love My Church":

"To Live a Love" by Pastor Marcus: http://ucpreston.org/resources/sermons/to-live-a-love/

ucpreston.org To Live a LoveListenDownloadJun 16, 2019Preacher: Rev. Dr. Marcus LeathersSeries: I Love My ChurchSummary:This Sunday was volunteer recognition Sunday. It was also the start of the "I Love My Church" summer series. Pastor Marcus starts with a prayer to recognize and lift up all those who volunteer f...

We love to worship with all of God's children! In the summer, there is a special table in the back of the Sanctuary with children's activities. Nursery care is available for children ages three and younger.

The first outdoor movie night is tomorrow! The film? Holes!

All are invited for this FREE event, with popcorn! Bring a chair, or something comfortable to sit on. The movie will be shown on the patio and starts a little after 7:30 PM. See you there!

Experience a welcoming community this Sunday, 10 AM, as we begin the summer series “I Love My Church.”
Hear more about our welcoming community and how we intentionally work to be like Jesus-open to all we meet:

Pentecost 2019

photos by Chip McCrea Photography www.mccreaphoto.com

photos by Chip McCrea Photography www.mccreaphoto.com


United Christian Parish

Paul tells us that in Christ’s Resurrection we are all called to live as Christ did, open and welcoming to all. That’s the message of this Pride Sunday – we love everyone, just as Jesus did.
Hear all of Pastor Marcus' sermon from Pride Sunday online: http://ucpreston.org/resources/sermons/whats-good-for-the-goose/

ucpreston.org What’s Good for the Goose...ListenDownloadJun 02, 2019Preacher: Rev. Dr. Marcus LeathersSummary:Although humans show great diversity, our differences are much less important than our similarities. We are all loved by God. And Paul tells us that in Christ’s Resurrection we are all called to live ...

So much fun at summer camp!

It’s summer camp time! Our children are participating in our “Around the World in 15 Days” camp. We packed our bags and have already been to Italy. Next is China! If you haven’t had a chance to come visit us, this is a perfect time to see how learning through play is the BEST way to learn!
#earlychildhoodeducation #reston #herndon #ucpreston #lakeanneplaza #preschool #prek #toddler #summercamp #summertime #playground #outside @ United Christian Parish - UCP

June 1, 2019

Grateful for all those who came out for Reston Pride!

📹: Fred Smith

Reston VA Pride 2019

Ready for PRIDE weekend! Reston Pride tomorrow 2-7 and Pride Worship services Sunday morning.

Reston Pride

Check out our entertainment for Reston Pride! Only 3 more days!!

Reston Pride, Saturday, June 1, 2:00-7:00 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza

Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, St. Anne's Episcopal Church, United Christian Parish - UCP, Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Reston Community Players, Restoration Church: Reston, Laura Tsaggaris, Kenneth R. Plum, Danica Roem - Virginia Delegate, NVHC - Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Senator Janet Howell

Hear Pastor Marcus preach on "Paul’s Odyssey," from this past Sunday:


Reston Pride

In keeping with the inclusive missions of their churches, Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, United Christian Parish - UCP, and St. Anne's Episcopal Church are the co-chairs of this year's Reston Pride Festival. These churches believe very passionately in inclusion and welcome diversity in their congregations. What better way to express this belief than with a festival to celebrate and support LGBTQ+ members in the Reston/Herndon community. Join in the celebration: June 1 from 2:00 to 7:00 at Lake Anne Plaza!

A little late, but how can we not share these adorable pictures from Pet Fiesta?! #blessingoftheanimals #restonspetfiesta

Two weeks and one day away from Reston Pride! 🏳️‍🌈👏🏾🎶

Hear Sunday's sermon "All the Rights, Duties and Privileges," by Pastor Marcus:

Who says fellowship can't get a little competitive?
GAME NIGHT, this Saturday, 5:30 PM. ♟🎲

Did we mention free 🍕?

Learn more: http://ucpreston.org/event/1340691-2019-05-18-game-night/

We our blessed with amazing teachers at UCP Preschool. With Teacher Appreciation Week coming to an end, we want to thank all teachers who make a difference every day.

Teacher Appreciation Week was fantastic! The teachers were treated to two days of breakfasts, handmade cards, flowers, and gift cards from their students with help from our amazing parent group! Our teachers were honored by Ms. Clark at their staff meeting with an yummy lunch provided by the parents. What a beautiful way to go straight into the Mother’s Day weekend! God bless our teachers!
#thankateacher #ucppreschool #wishingyouwell #flippingawesome #teacherappreciationweek #reston #herndon #parentsrock #earlyeducation #preschool #preschoolsnearme @ United Christian Parish - UCP

Happy Friday! Thank you for a great week!

Bobby Jo Valentine Live!

What a great concert tonight from the extraordinarily talented Bobby Jo Valentine!

It’s been an honor to work with such a talented person, who is full of love, a supporter of equal rights and opportunities for all people, and an advocate for our LGBTQ+ community. 🙌🏽🏳️‍🌈😍

Thank you to all who made it out tonight!

Bobby Jo Valentine - Lion in the Summer

Can't get enough of this video! How great is this song?

We are so excited for Bobby Jo Valentine to perform LIVE tomorrow, May 9, 7 PM, in our Sanctuary.

Come as you are!!!

California singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine performs his brand new song, "Lion in the Summer," recorded live at Empty Sea Studios. The entire concert is ...

Easter 2019

Easter 2019

Thank you to all those who came out on Friday night to the Cyclone Idai Benefit Concert featuring Masha Feygelson.

Spend your Friday night hearing great music and supporting communities affected by Cyclone Idai.

It’s not too late to get your tickets online: https://cycloneidaibenefitconcert.eventbrite.com

You can also pay at the door. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets: $25. Free admission for ages 16 & younger!

Staying safe during the tornado watch. Pastor Marcus may or may not be working on his sermon.


Cyclone Idai Benefit Concert: Masha Feygelson Live

A devastating cyclone hit Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe in March resulting in over 800 casualties.

On Friday, April 26, we are hosting a Benefit Concert featuring Masha Feygelson to raise money to support those affected by this Cyclone Idai.

Purchase your tickets today. Or pay at the door with cash or check.

eventbrite.com It will be a night of R&B and Soul classics! The concert features Masha Feygelson and some of the most exciting new faces on the DC music scene - Angel Bethea on drums, Benjamin Rikhoff on bass, Brendan Schnabel on sax and Misha Tumanov on keys. Proceeds from ticket sales go to recovery and relief e...

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Hear Pastor Beth's Easter sermon, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll':


Thank you for helping make Easter, Holy Week and Lent such a meaningful experience!
More Easter pictures to be posted soon!

He is Risen!

We look forward to celebrating with you today! ALL welcome.
Easter Worship: 8:30 & 11 AM
Children's Egg Hunt: 10 AM

He is ALIVE! What makes you feel ALIVE today?

We loved seeing your photos and reflections throughout Lent as a response to the Photo-a-Day challenge. Thank you to all who participated and made this a meaningful experience! Happy Easter!

#lentucp #alive


That's the photo-a-day word.

What do you do in SILENCE? Do you have a go-to spot for SILENCE?

Share your response with a photo. #lentucp

A couple of pictures from the Maundy Thursday service of dinner and communion...

On Good Friday we remember the ultimate SACRIFICE—the SACRIFICE of Jesus to die for our sins.

What kind of SACRIFICE did you make for Lent? What is a meaningful SACRIFICE?

Share your response of the photo-a-day word: sacrifice. #lentucp

If you could invite anyone to the TABLE, who would you invite?

Share your photo of today's photo-a-day word: TABLE. #lentucp

We raised $9,039 for One Great Hour of Sharing, supporting global and national disaster relief efforts. Your generosity is a blessing!

Photo-a-Day word: BETRAYAL. #lentucp

What you do think of when you hear the word betrayal? Why would someone betray another? How do you respond in the face of betrayal?

Celebrate at UCP this Sunday!

Worship: 8:30 & 11 AM
Egg hunt: 10 AM

Today's word: ANOINTED.

"Anointed" means chosen by God for special service.

In the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is the one anointed to preach the good news of God to the poor...to proclaim freedom for prisoners, to heal those with a sad heart and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18).

Reflecting on this, do you have a photo to share? #lentucp #photoaday

A special Easter message from our Pastors!

Celebrate the Risen Christ and God's love for all of us!

Easter is THIS Sunday, April 21.
Worship: 8:30 & 11 AM
Egg Hunt: 10 AM


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Videos (show all)

Bobby Jo Valentine Live!
A special Easter message from our Pastors!
2018 Memories
Handbells at Christmas Festival
Art & Craft Fair
Installation of Rev. Dr. Marcus Leathers
United to Love Rally



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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