Church of the Palms UCC Sun City we reserve the right to accept everyone


Welcome to Church of the Palms United Church of Christ, a progressive Open and Affirming (ONA) Christian church in Sun City, Arizona. 

Our mission: Sharing God’s unconditional love, justice, and extravagant welcome.

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Worship: We’ll continue to be on a healthy hiatus through November 8. There will be no in-person worship in October. That is, Pastor Paul and Pastor Jim will continue to lead worship in video format, viewable on the Online Worship Services page and our Facebook page each Sunday. You may visit the sanctuary on Sundays from 9 to 11 a.m. There is no programming.  Please wear a mask and keep appropriate social distancing for personal prayer, lighting of candles, experiencing communion, and praying with our pastors. We limit this to 25 or fewer persons at a time.

We are planning to begin in-person worship on November 15 at 10:00 a.m. We will be limiting the number of people in worship and where one can sit. Plus, this will be a shortened version of our worship – we will get in and get out in 30 minutes or less. Protocols must be followed. No singing. No responsive liturgy. Just announcements, scripture, a taped special music or instrumental special music, scripture, short sermon, and prayer. Communion will be served up front after the service is over. And all of this is subject to change as the scientific data comes in.

We will continue to produce our weekly video worship service for those who cannot or choose not to return to in-person just yet. No negative judgment is given for those who decide to stay home. Make the best plan for you and we will support that decision.

Senior Minister Rev. Paul A. Whitlock addresses current social justice issues

  • Portland Matters: “Today I come before you to address the happenings in and around Portland. My agenda is simple: to get us to be people who care about things that matter.” Click to watch.
  • Some words about Black Lives Matter. Click to watch.  

Visit our labyrinths – they’re open to the community!

We’re located at 14808 N Boswell Blvd, Sun City, AZ 85351.

Click the map below, then “View Larger Map” for a better view. You can navigate to us by clicking HERE.

Listen to sermons: 2020 Sermons   2019 Sermons   2018 Sermons 

Join our Facebook community.

Read our Statement of Faith and Purpose.

The Welcomin’ Wagon Ministry can assist you in getting from your car to the church. This small group of volunteers uses the golf cart to roam around the church’s parking lot on a Sunday morning offering rides to the church’s entrances. They can also help you with walkers and heavy items that you bring to church.

Church Bus: Need a ride to worship on Sunday? Click HERE.

Rummage Sales: We’re rather famous in the west valley for our three-day rummage and bake sales held every March and October.

Music Ministry: Whether you are a singer of songs, a player of instruments, or a joyful listener, the ministry of music at the Church of the Palms is for you! Learn more HERE.