UCC is an ethnically diverse, non-denominational evangelical Christian church located in and around Finland’s capital region.

 

 

WHO We are

We are an evangelical Christian church, centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ, committed to the authority of the Bible, and shaped by our Reformation heritage.

We Are a Christian Church

Together with Christians throughout the ages we affirm the historic Christian creeds such as the Apostles’ Creed.

We Are an Evangelical Church

This means two things. First, “evangelical” means “focused on the good news about Jesus Christ.” The old English word “evangel” comes from a Greek word that means “good news.” As an evangelical church, we are committed to proclaiming the good news about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Second, “evangelical” means “Bible-based.” We believe the Bible is God’s word, the ultimate authority in every area of life. This doesn’t mean that we interpret the Bible in a simplistic way. But neither do we abandon the Bible just because there are parts which conflict with the shifting sands of 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.

We Are a Church Orientated by a Reformation Heritage

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 a rich heritage today.

We Are a Diverse Church

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, profession, interests and more… bound together by a common faith in Jesus Christ. Welcome to join us!

 

Core Convictions

United in Christ:

As a church we seek to understand who Christ is and what it means that we are ‘in Christ’ further.  The more we understand, the more His transforming work can take place in our lives. 

United in Community:

Being united with Christ cannot be separated from being united with others who are united in Him.  In John 17:22-23, Jesus prays for unity among his people: “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one...”.  The more we understand our vertical union with Christ the more we can understand our horizontal union. 

United in Creation:

Another way of saying this is that we seek to be united in God’s mission with all creation.  The more we understand our union with Christ, and our union with others united in Him, the more we see the insignificance of our own plans and dreams compared to knowing and following God’s plan - to make Himself known and glorified in all creation.  Every Christian is uniquely positioned before a watching world to live a life transformed by Christ.  

 
 

 

Vision

‘A community united in Christ on mission into all creation.’

The Gospel is the story of the Triune God re-uniting fallen humanity and creation through the election of the Father, the life, death and resurrection of Christ, culminating in his imminent return, and the power of the Spirit – to the glory of God.  This message deeply shapes everything we do at UCC and it is our vision to let the Gospel direct, shape, and mold all our community, ministry and activity. 

 

Our Name

United.  Though there are not many who would use the words ‘united’ and ‘church’ in the same sentence today – perhaps quite the opposite! – we believe that the very core of the Christian faith is a person becoming united to God through faith in Jesus Christ. This is also known as union with Christ, and is one of the most central doctrines of the Christian faith.  Theologian John Owen regarded the doctrine in this way:

 
This is the cause of all other graces that we are made partakers of; they are all communicated unto us by virtue of our union with Christ. Hence is our adoption, our justification, our sanctification, our fruitfulness, our perseverance, our resurrection, our glory.
 

If Owen is right, and we believe that he is, then everything in our Christian life past, present, and future flows from the Christian’s union with Christ.  All the promises and blessings of God are made available to us because Jesus Christ the Son of God came into the world, lived, ministered, died, rose again, and sent His Spirit, which unites us in faith to Himself in an eternal relationship based on His work and not ours. Everything at United Community Church is based on the work of Jesus Christ and our union with Him – hence the name.

 

Join us this Sunday at one of our three locations.

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.