Our Building & Grounds

Located at 1800 Bell Ave. on Des Moines’ south side, our church sits on four acres of wooded land traversed by a gentle creek and a walking trail. Designed by well-known architect Amos Emery, our building opened in 1957 with a major renovation completed in 2008. Besides serving our congregation’s needs inside and out, our church often hosts community events, such as concerts, conferences, workshops and lectures.


Parking & Entering

Our building has ADA-compliant automatic doors on the south and west sides with accessible parking near each entrance. The east entrance requires a long walk and stairs.

Inside Our Building

Accessible bathrooms can be found on two floors.
A wheelchair lift will soon be available again off of the foyer to provide access to the four levels within our church. For information about the project to replace the lift, please see the presentation by Al Powers that followed the forum on October 17, 2021.

During Sunday Service

Ask an usher for any of the following to assist you during our Sunday services:

  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Full-page magnifiers
  • Large-print hymnals
  • Braille hymnals

If you have questions or concerns about accessibility options in our church, please learn more about our Accessibility Team or contact the team at accessibility@ucdsm.org.

Memorial Garden

Our Memorial Garden is a special place where members may honor loved ones or find a peaceful place for the interment of cremated remains. Located on the east side of the church building, the garden features a selection of native plants and lush greenery. A stone and granite walkway leads visitors to a circular center, a lovely site for weddings, memorial services or quiet meditation.

A plaque displayed near the garden lists the names of those interred. We also invite you to purchase an engraved memorial brick or granite paver to place in the garden to honor a loved one, celebrate a milestone or commemorate a contribution to the garden. Please review our Memorial Garden Use Policy for more details.

For guidance planning a memorial service, funeral or celebration of life, please see When a Loved One Dies.

To reserve the Memorial Garden for an event, to purchase a memorial brick or granite paver, or to inquire about interment, please contact Hannah Notch, at hnotch@ucdsm.org.


Labyrinth Walk

Our grounds feature a labyrinth walk in the southeast part of our property designed for meditation and rituals. It may be reached via a path near our east parking lot. To reserve the labyrinth for an event, please contact Hannah Notch, at hnotch@ucdsm.org.