Participating in Christ's work throughout our city.
Through long-term partnerships with organizations that empower members of our local community, we seek to participate in God's transformative work among some of the most vulnerable in our city. Each of our local mission partners provides deeper means of engagement with four areas of focus for Bethany across its six unique locations:
Under Resourced Neighbors
Refugees and Other Vulnerable Immigrants
Foster & Adoption
The Aurora Commons is a neighborhood living room that provides a safe space of hospitality to rest and pursue relationships, and it provides resources for those in need along the Aurora corridor. The Commons was originally established by churches in 2011; they host weekly open hours, wound and foot care services, a mobile medical clinic, and women’s-only programming and drop-in times. Most importantly, they act on the belief that each person deserves dignity, love, and respect.
Aurora Breakfast Prep: Join other volunteers from churches along Aurora Ave on Mon-Thurs at BCC's commercial kitchen to help prepare that day's hot meal served to guests of the Commons. Click here to register.
Sacred Streets Coalition: Inspired by BCC's work of uniting local churches to serve the most vulnerable with World Relief in Rwanda, BCC is working with Aurora Commons to unite local churches to embody deepening compassion for our neighbors living outside. This work includes education for the broader community through quarterly trainings and shared programming including: Aurora Breakfast Prep, and Circles of Care 1.0 & 2.0. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of Bethany’s growing awareness of the racial and socioeconomic divides in our city, we have developed a partnership with Urban Impact to invest in the dignity and wellbeing of underserved communities in South Seattle. Young entrepreneurs from among the South Seattle community are seeking to put their ideas into action, creating sustainable businesses to significantly improve the economic wellbeing of their community and maintain one’s cultural identity integrally tied to this place. Join others from across Bethany locations as we are equipped and matched as mentors for local business owners, providing important encouragement and guidance along their journey of entrepreneurship. Or, become a coach, providing a specific area of needed expertise to further develop the viability, sustainability, and profit margin of these emerging businesses.
For more info on becoming an entrepreneur mentor or coach, contact email@example.com
Through our community meal, we seek to create space where connection can happen between the church and our surrounding neighbors while meeting a practical need. Come, enjoy a meal, make a new friend, and just sit with our guests sharing God's love. Families are welcome!
Meals are the second and last Mondays of each month, 6–7pm, in the CLC building.
This ministry has four teams who work together to create each meal:
The meal prep team coordinates and prepares creative and nutritious meals, often taking requests from our guests. The meal usually runs from 6-7 pm, and prep starts at 4 pm.
Build community at the meal by sharing a meal with our guests and providing a loving and listening presence.
The serving team keeps cares for our neighbors by greeting our guests and serving them food. Members of this team answer questions and act as hosts and minglers once the food is served.
The cleanup team helps keep our space clean by washing dishes, taking down decorations, wiping tables, and cleaning the kitchen. Generally, cleanup finishes around 8pm.
Sign up here.
The Bethany Food Bank is committed to providing emergency food to families and individuals in our community. We are currently open every Monday, 6–7pm.
Prepares the Community Life Center for guests and distributes food. This team arrives around 5:30pm to pack bags and organize the space, generally staying until close at 7pm.
Puts together bags of food to be passed out.
Another way to get involved is by donating food items. Donation bins are located in the Sanctuary foyer and in the Chapel. To donate see the Food Bank shopping and donation list
We at Bethany Community church acknowledge that we gather today on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish People of Seattle (Dxʷdəwʔabš “people of the inside” ), a people who are still here. We express our respect and gratitude for our indigenous siblings, and their Elders, and for their past, present, and future care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
Bethany's Partnership with the Duwamish Tribe
In 2016, at Bethany's 100-year anniversary, we as a church, examined our beginnings and realized our historical connection with the Duwamish Tribe. We later began to engage in a more intentional conversation around race and justice and were challenged by the prophetic voice of SPU professor, Dr. Salter-McNeil, to do more. Using her book Roadmap to Reconciliation as a guide, Pastor Phil and several lay leaders made it a priority to seek reconciliation and a relationship with the Duwamish People. Bethany Community Church is excited to partner with the Duwamish today.
“Bethany began about 1900 as an Indian Mission.” One short sentence is all we have in our records that hint at what Bethany’s beginnings were all about. We have no idea how many people banded together for this endeavor, who they were, or what they did. We do know that at least some of these people stayed together in fellowship as they went through several changes that finally led them to become Bethany Baptist Church in 1916. [From “Bethany History”, 1983]
We confess that as an organization, while well-meaning and a product of our time and culture, we were directly a part of the process of stripping the Duwamish of their culture in an attempt to westernize them. We further recognize our current church site sits on land that is the traditional territory of the Duwamish Tribe. As Seattleites, we have benefited from the injustices done to the Duwamish and we as a church have been silent in the past. We confess we have not stood against the oppression, injustice, and racism against our Native American brothers and sisters. We grieve this wrong. We purpose to stand with the Duwamish and no longer be silent. We want to stand against the current systems that perpetuate racial injustice. We want to listen to and learn from the Duwamish. We want a chance to build relationships and trust. We want to serve them in practical ways.
For more information on the Duwamish People, visit duwamishtribe.org and www.standwiththeduwamish.org
To get involved, email: Pastor Phil.
DUWAMISH PRAYER WALK
Join us in prayer for our neighbors, the Duwamish Tribe, by downloading this Intercessory prayer guide. Take it on a walk with you around the Duwamish Longhouse and Ha-ah-poos Park, or pray as you walk around your neighborhood.
Duwamish Prayer Guide
World Relief Seattle empowers the local Church to come alongside refugees and immigrants throughout the Puget Sound region. It provides resettlement, employment, language, and legal services to help our newest neighbors work towards self-sufficiency.
In accordance with its mission for refugees and immigrants to be welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered for community, Bethany has partnered with World Relief Seattle to form Good Neighbor Teams (see video below). These teams of lay volunteers from different Bethany locations are equipped and invited to walk alongside a refugee or Asylee family through the initial six month resettlement process. Our aim is to nurture relationships with families and individuals that are lasting, promote human flourishing, and are mutually transformative. Interested in joining this ministry of hospitality to the stranger? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn when the next team begins.
These teams of lay volunteers from different Bethany locations are equipped and invited to walk alongside a refugee or Asylee family through the initial six month resettlement process. Our aim is to nurture relationships with families and individuals that are lasting, promote human flourishing, and are mutually transformative.
On Friday evenings the Guest House provides transportation, meals, and overnight hosting in our church space for immigrants released from the NW ICE Processing Center in Tacoma.
Bethany’s approach to foster & adoption ministry is multi-faceted. As part of its response, we have partnered with Olive Crest’s Strong Families program to come alongside vulnerable families prior to the point of separation. This preventative program equips a team from Bethany to provide temporary (1-3 weeks at a time) respite for children while their parents receive the help they need to restore stability and maintain guardianship over their kids. Bethany congregants are trained to provide key roles including being a temporary host home, family coach, or host support person.
For more information about joining a Strong Family team at Bethany contact email@example.com
A monthly support group for families of children with special needs, foster families, adoptive families, or prospective foster families, led by an experienced and active foster & adoptive family in our Bethany community. This group is available in person and a concurrent kids' group is available full of fun and meaningful content. Contact Amy Wilkinson for more information or to join the group.
There are several ways to get involved behind the scenes with supporting fostering and adoptive families at Bethany. Sign up here to serve as either hands on childcare, supporting a family on an ongoing basis, serving in our support group, our partnering with our local network of churches to support the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
Bethany is part of a network of churches that together pursue supporting the social workers, staff, and families of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Find out more here, or fill out our serve form to get involved.
Looking to stay informed? Looking for upcoming events or ways you can get involved? One of the best ways to stay up-to-date with us is to sign up for our monthly newsletter
In accordance with Bethany’s focus on partnership with our local public schools, we have partnered with Youth Wise Mentoring to match Bethany congregants with especially vulnerable students to provide enriching mentoring relationships. Mentors commit to weekly activities for a minimum of one year with their mentees. Mentors are connected with a coach from among Bethany’s congregation to provide additional support and guidance along the way.
For more information about becoming a mentor at your Bethany location’s school partner or to consider becoming a coach of other Bethany mentors,
contact, Jonathan Nolasco
School-Church Partnership with Daniel Bagley Elementary
Bethany Community Church has had a growing relationship with Daniel Bagley Elementary since 1969. Over the years, Bethany has helped with and supported: Bagley workdays, PTA fundraisers, levies, the annual holiday giving circle, school supply drives, and teacher initiatives. In turn, Bagley has opened its facilities and grounds for cooking, activities, and classroom space. In 2008, we partnered together for a new parking lot at Bagley, in a mutually beneficial scenario. Bethany funded the new 80 space, eco-friendly parking lot providing a place for teachers to park, improved safety conditions during school pick-up and drop off and Bethany gained Sunday parking. In the Fall of 2016, we took another step forward by formalizing our “School-Church Partnership” to transform our Green Lake community. Going forward, our goal is to meet practical needs of students, their families, and staff at Daniel Bagley that utilize our congregation’s abilities and are an example of our love for Jesus and our neighbors.
For more information about our school partnerships, view our School-Church Partnership Presentation.
Bethany Green Lake supports and works with School Connect WA. Learn more about this organization here.
School-Church Partnership with Martin Luther King Jr Elementary
Bethany Community Church has a growing relationship with Holly Park Community Church under the leadership of Pastor Otis Brown. BCC is coming alongside the Holly Park Community Church congregation to support their efforts in a school-church partnership with MLK, Jr. Elementary in the Rainier Valley. To join the team or for more information, email Pastor Otis Brown.
Check out our partner referral guide to search for awesome organizations to get involved with by type of outreach or population served. These are organizations we don't actively partner with but advocate for because of their good work in our city.
Partner Referral PDF