Welcome to the United Church of Sun City
We bring our ministry and our gifts to you online!
Watch these videos any time after their scheduled day & time.
They'll be available to watch and re-watch during the week.
Click a title below to view a recent video.
Sundays at 10 am
with Rev. Brady Abel Pastor, Senior Pastor
Sundays at 10:30 am
with our choir and soloists under the direction of
Alan Paulson, Minister of Music
Tuesdays at 5 pm
Faith Community Nursing Ministry
with Lisa Dunbar, BSN, RN, Parish Nurse
Thursdays at 5 pm
Greetings! “What’s with the bear?” That’s a question I get asked regularly. Perhaps you noticed, there is a small bear sitting to my left when I am in the pulpit. I know from the number of people who ask, that it does get noticed.
I also know that people who watch our worship videos online have commented when they don’t see the bear. So, we make sure to include the bear in the sermon videos.
Well, here’s the story. It is a prayer bear. The church I grew up in, the Cromwell, Iowa Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC), received the prayer bear from a church in Northern Iowa. The folks at Cromwell didn’t know how or why they were selected to receive the prayer bear. But they kept the prayer bear in worship for several weeks. Then, the instruction was for them to share the prayer bear with another church.
So, when I was at Cromwell Church in March of 2019 for my Dad’s Memorial Service, I was given the bear. I was told to take it to United Church and let it be a blessing for our congregation. And so, I did. I was also told that we should share the prayer bear with another church. However, since I received it at Dad’s Memorial Service, I have found it hard to give away. So, it sits on my left side, on the pulpit, week after week.
What I have decided is this: I will get another bear, we will bless it through our worship and praise of God, and then we will share that prayer bear with another church. I don’t know what church we might share it with, but I am sure that will become clear.
United Church of Sun City, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, has the distinction of being the first church to be established in a Del Webb retirement community. Organized in 1960, United Church has been serving Sun City and the surrounding area since at the current location of 107th Avenue and Sun City Blvd.
Today, with an atmosphere of inclusion and care and with respect for diverse theological thought, the goal of United Church is to create a church family, while nurturing individual and collective spiritual development through meaningful biblically based worship, music, education, fellowship, and involvement of members and friends. United Church strives to provide wider community service, social justice, and responsible stewardship.
Senior Pastor Rev. Brady Abel, the United Church staff, and the entire congregation extend a special invitation to everyone for Sunday worship. All are welcome!
We're a lively congregation where age is a number and life is a gift.
New to United Church of Sun City? Check out our Visitors Page or watch to a recent sermon. Read our ONA statement.
In short, we're a community where people come to be part of family who worship, work and have fun together.
The United Church of Sun City was the first church established in Sun City, Arizona. We have a well-deserved reputation for excellence in programming and warmth in our welcome. But we aren't stuck in the past! We know God is still speaking, and we are still listening! Come see for yourself.
P.S. Look closely and you will also see a koala bear hanging around the pulpit, too.
So, you might see a second bear in the sanctuary in the coming weeks. Just know it’s not a small bear takeover. It’s a double blessing.
United Church of Sun City
11250 N. 107th Avenue, Suite 105
Sun City, AZ 85351-4002 MAP
(Corner of 107th Ave. & Sun City Blvd.)
Phone 623-933-0058 | Fax 623-974-3518
And that’s a long answer to the short question, “What’s with the bear?”