At Columbine United Church, we celebrate the presence of God through lively and inspirational music, creative liturgy, meaningful prayer, and dynamic preaching. Worship is the expression of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Through worship, we not only come into God’s presence, but we also contemplate what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
All are invited to our Sunday worship services! Those who are full of faith, as well as those who question their doubts and beliefs, will find a worship sanctuary at CUC.
Our traditional worship at 8:00 AM combines hymns, the organ, choirs and soloists, and a formal liturgy. The Adult Christian Education hour at 9:10 AM typically relates directly to the sermon for the week and is led by one of our pastors. At our contemporary worship at 10:00 AM, the music is upbeat and lively, led by “The Band”. Children’s Sunday School and Nursery care are offered during the Contemporary worship.
Sunday Worship Schedule
8:00 a.m Traditional Worship
9:10 a.m. Adult Christian Education
10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
In 1968, CUC was founded as a United Methodist Church. The first group of members worked hard to build and expand their dream, but met great challenges. Their fledgling congregation struggled to expand beyond their initial group. They even considered dissolving as a congregation. The spark for the group came when they were approached by the three denominations, The Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist, and the United Church of Christ, to form an ecumenical congregation. These denominations were working to plant three new ecumenical churches in the Denver metro area – one in Montbello, one in Aurora, and a third in the Columbine Valley. It was this spark that ignited the ministry that would soon flourish into Columbine United Church.
The congregation took another major leap of faith when they decided to build a sanctuary. When the denominations denied funding for the project because they lacked a large membership, several of the members took out second mortgages on their homes to secure the necessary financing. These members talk fondly about the first Christmas Eve held in their still-under-construction sanctuary. They were bundled in down coats and sat on bales of hay and folding chairs.
The congregation grew and expanded as the Columbine neighborhoods expanded. Several pastors led the congregation, beginning with Rev. Doug Bale and then Rev. Jim Brock. CUC went through a large expansion when Rev. Ken Biel was hired in 1977. Ken took the small church and grew it to a thriving 600-member congregation. CUC was known for its dynamic ministry that welcomed people from all different theological and denominational backgrounds. When Ken retired in 1991, then Associate Pastor, Steve Poos-Benson, was hired as the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff. Under Steve’s tenure, CUC took its next step of growth to its current size of 1200 members. Throughout the history of CUC, there have been many strong pastoral and lay leaders which have led the congregation.
The seeds of the congregation, planted back in its conception, still continue to flourish. CUC is known for its welcoming community that embraces people of all theological and denominational backgrounds. The dream of the first members, to build a congregation that would provide dynamic worship and serve its community, is realized every day of the week. The present congregation is a living testimony to what God can do through a small group of people, who feel the call of Christ in their lives.
Today, we are still affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and The United Methodist Church.
Who We Are
Columbine United Church
6375 S. Platte Canyon Rd. Littleton, CO 80123