Wayside offers continuing education through a variety of different programs, including book studies, cultural competency classes, and other progressive learning opportunities.
Memorial Lounge Library
Wayside has a multi-media library available for checkout in the lounge adjoining the office. A wide variety of resource books, novels, Bibles, devotionals, and children’s literature can also be found there.
Wayside History Project
Our church has a proud legacy of more than fifty years service to the Federal Way community, a legacy that is being preserved and revived for the future. The project team meets Tuesday mornings twice a month.
Our Whole Lives: Amy Johnson, MSW and certified instructor for the program, hosts Our Whole Lives, a nationally-known curriculum designed by the UCC in collaboration with the Unitarian church. The program’s focus is on age-appropriate information about “Sexuality and Our Faith”“.
The United Church of Christ has designated the Pilgrim Firs campground on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula as its national Center for Environmental Justice. Wayside and other UCC churches organize annual retreats to this site both to enjoy and learn how to preserve its scenic beauty.
In addition to Pilgrim Firs in Port Orchard, the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UCC also has N-Sid-Sen, located on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. A phrase of the Coeur d’Alene native peoples, N-Sid-Sen means “Point of Inspiration.”
We also strive to recognize and protect the treasures in our own neighborhood. Each August an outdoor service is celebrated on Wayside’s lawn, followed by a fellowship picnic potluck.
Behind the Chapel lies the Holcom Trail, a short nature walk prepared as an Eagle-Scout project by Wayside youth (now Admiral UCC pastor) Andrew Conley-Holcom. Visitors are invited to walk the trail and enjoy a time of contemplation.