Our MIssion

UCC is a family of congregations which exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Christ, forming disciples in community, on mission to extend God’s kingdom into all of creation.

 

 

Let's break that down.

Christ

Our mission is grounded in our church’s identity in the gospel of Christ. Being united to him by grace through faith, we seek to connect people to God through worship, evangelism, and discipleship, demonstrating entire lives converted and transformed by the gospel.

Community

Our identity in Christ binds us to a new community which is the context for our formation as disciples. We were made for relationship—with God, and with each other. Growth in our vertical relationship with Christ leads us to be horizontally bound together in loving community, demonstrating together the life-changing power of the gospel.

Creation

United in Christ and community, we seek to join God on his mission to make himself known and enjoyed in all creation. By extending his grace and mercy in word and deed to our neighbors, we hope to see renewed communities of human flourishing and the growth of God’s kingdom in Finland and beyond.

 

Our Distinctives

Bible-based and Word-Centered

As Christians, we believe the Bible is God’s word, the ultimate authority in every area of life. While we avoid simplistic interpretations, we do not believe we can abandon the Bible just because there are parts which conflict with contemporary culture. We believe that the ancient truths of the Bible speak to every aspect of the modern world, so we are unashamedly committed to preaching, reading, studying, and applying the Bible.

Evangelical

Together with Christians throughout the ages, we affirm the historic Christian creeds such as the Apostles’ Creed. As an evangelical church, we are committed to centrality of the gospel: the good news about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Reformational

During the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries, many aspects of the Bible's teaching were rediscovered and articulated more clearly than before, renewing the church and giving us an orientation and rich heritage which shapes our Sunday services and ministry.

Multi-ethnic

At UCC we are diverse in just about every way possible. We have over 30 nationalities attending our services on a typical Sunday. We are diverse in age, professions, interests and more, but bound together by a common faith in Jesus Christ.  

A Family of Congregations

While each congregation is overseen by a local elder team and has its own distinctives, we are bound in close partnership through vision, shared resources, relationships, and an elder board which oversees UCC as a whole. Sharing certain resources enables us to be good stewards and do more gospel ministry in the capital region.

 

 
 

 

Join us this Sunday

UCC Leppävaara

A family-friendly service located in one of the fastest growing suburbs of the Nordics, with a full range of children and youth classes. Services are a mix of traditional and contemporary.

UCC Otaniemi

Located on the campus of Aalto University in south Espoo, UCC Otaniemi is a small family and student friendly service with a more traditional style of worship.

UCC Helsinki

Located in the heart of downtown Helsinki, near the university of Helsinki campus, UCC Helsinki draws a mix of university students and young adults with its contemporary style of worship.