Building & Community

Our building is a rich resource of which we seek to be faithful stewards. It’s managed by our volunteer Property Committee and staff.It’s also home to other groups, neighbors and organizations who care for it alongside us. Our building partners are a vital part of the SJU community.

Organizations that occupy space exclusively for their use:

The Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA – Dedicated entrance on Phinney Ave. N., north of the main church entrance. Address: 5519 Phinney Avenue N.

Earth Ministry – Dedicated entrance off of N. Argyle Pl., north of the rear church entrance. Address: 5515 Phinney Ave. N.

North Seattle Fives Cooperative Preschool – Enter through main rear double entrance. Address: 5515 Phinney Avenue N.

Organizations that run programs out of our building:

S.H.A.R.E – nightly self-managed shelter

Phinney Neighborhood Association Hot Meal Program – twice weekly free hot meal: Tuesdays 5pm and Wednesdays at noon.

Groups that meet on a recurring weekly or monthly basis:

The Northwest Firelight Chorale

Radio City Enthusiasts

AA Hearthbreakers

NA Lovin’ Spoonful

AA Primary Purpose

AA Woodland Park Women

AA Outright Mental Defectives

Mankind Project

Renting Space

We offer a variety of spaces for rent to community groups, musicians and choirs, meetings, and other non-profit activities. Both one-time and on-going rentals can be arranged. Please contact us via phone (206) 784-1040 or email office@stjohnunited.org to discuss your rental needs or to view a space.

  • Our Sanctuary offers flexible, pew (bench) style seating for approximately 120 people. With great acoustics and a beautiful Steinway piano, the sanctuary is most often used for musical rehearsals and performance.
  • Attached to the sanctuary is the Emmaus Lounge. With sweeping west facing views, this room is perfect for small receptions and meetings. With tables and chairs, the Emmaus Lounge seats about 30 people and may be rented in conjunction with the sanctuary or on its own.
  • For small meetings, the Board Room offers large conference tables and seating for 15-20 people.
  • The Fellowship Hall is our largest, most flexible space. With kitchen access (for an additional fee) and linoleum floors, the Fellowship Hall can be used for a wide range of events, receptions, and workshops. With tables and chairs, the hall seats up to 150 guests.

For information about renting space and availability, please contact the church office at (206)784-1040 or office@stjohnunited.org.