Ministry Partner Events & Opportunities to Serve
Afghanistan and Haiti – Ways to Help
Our hearts are heavy as we hear about the chaos and violence in Afghanistan and the devastating earthquake in Haiti. We mourn the loss of precious lives and pray for those who are grieving and living in fear and uncertainty. For some guided prayers, click here.
Update on Welcome Kits for Afghan Refugees
There are several other ways to help which you can hear more about in this video from World Relief Seattle Executive Director, Chitra Hanstad. The situation is changing rapidly, so for the most up-to-date information visit World Relief on their social media pages – Facebook, Instagram @worldreliefseattle or their website: www.worldreliefseattle.org.
Update on Support for Haiti
Bethany members Rob and Beth Crittenden have been involved in Haiti for several years. They are in direct contact with locals and churches who are working at the epicenter of the earthquake in Les Cayes and Jérémie. Bethany will be supporting relief efforts through www.haitifoundation.org. If you’d like to contribute to that, you can send funds to Bethany with Haiti in the memo, or you can send funds directly to The Haiti Foundation and specify, “disaster relief.”
For more information on any of this, please contact our Director of Formation and Outreach, Marisa Gronholz.
King County Youth Chaplaincy – Helping youth get closer to God in juvy and beyond
Thurs., September 23rd at 7:00 pm (virtual only)
Join our ministry partner, King County Youth Chaplaincy (KCYC), for their Annual Benefit September 23rd, at 7pm. KCYC is a partnership of churches, organizations, and individuals who provide Christian chaplaincy, post-release care and mentoring for youth incarcerated in King County, Washington. They serve youth in the Juvenile Detention Center, those who have been sent to treatment centers, group homes, long-term state facilities, and also those who have been released.
From Bethany member and supporter of King County Youth Chaplaincy, Julia Sensenbrenner: “Supporting KCYC feels extremely important. I admire the staff and volunteers who effectively reach out to juveniles in detention, sharing Christ’s love with young people who have often felt unloved and helping them see the potential for choosing an alternative route in life. Jon Abe, Scott Hall and their crew of chaplains and volunteers are doing Jesus’ work of ministering to those on the margins by bringing in light, love, and hope.”
To register for this event, visit www.youthchaplaincy.org.
New Horizons – Partnering with youth experiencing homelessness
Help Provide Dinner for Youth at New Horizons – Various Dates, through December 2021
There are lots of open dates coming up and two great ways to serve homeless youth in Seattle:
- Meal Delivery: We need help twice a month with meal delivery, which is super easy! The Wednesday Night Dinner ministry makes extra food, all you need to do is pick it up from the church and deliver it to New Horizons in Belltown.
- Meal Coordination/Delivery: We need help once a month with meal coordination and delivery – this is a little more involved, but a great way to rally your friends or small group around an important ministry by pulling together different elements of a meal and taking it down to the homeless youth at New Horizons.
For more information and to sign up, click here.
World Relief Seattle – Envisions every local refugee and vulnerable immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered for community
1. World Relief Encourager Project
The 49-member staff of World Relief has been working creatively and faithfully this past year amidst many challenges in welcoming refugees. Executive Director Chitra Hanstad, has invited Bethany Presbyterian Church to partner with them by providing “encouragers.” Her vision is one Bethany person, couple or family for every one of her creative staff members. These people will encourage in 3 main ways:
- Provide a snack or gift card once a month
- Pray for their staff member
- Send a note or card, text, drawing, email or two a month encouraging the staff person
World Relief is expecting many new families who will arrive this year from all over the world. Welcome Kits help a family set up their new home. https://worldreliefseattle.org/Build-a-Kit
3. Volunteer with Refugees: https://worldreliefseattle.org/volunteer
- Assistants and Family Support Volunteers are the biggest needs right now. Both are virtual roles online with weekly commitments after onboarding.
- World Relief is also looking for host homes with separated spaces like basement apartments or Airbnbs so they can host people for 1-3wks while keeping everyone safe through the pandemic.
Urban Impact – Partnering with families and communities to break the cycle of social, material, and spiritual poverty
Half Hour of Power – Community Prayer with Urban Impact
Every Friday, 1:00-1:30pm
Urban Impact has invited us to join Pastor Harvey and Steve Bury as they host a virtual Community Prayer time every Friday, from 1-1:30pm. There will be a brief introduction and then we’ll work through a series of themes together in prayer. >> Join us on Zoom (recurring link) here.
- Wrestling with Reconciliation – on break for the summer; resuming in September
Wednesday Night Dinner @ Bethany – Seeks to open our doors and hearts to the Queen Anne community, to come together and enjoy both a meal and fellowship, and to encourage one another in life and faith
Thanks for your interest in serving at Wednesday Night Dinner! We would be thrilled to connect with you! We can always use the help–whether in serving food, eating with the participants, doing craft projects, organizing our donations, or cleaning. Please contact Hannah, the Director of Wednesday Night Dinner, to discuss ways to get involved and/or to learn more about this community and ministry: email@example.com.
Due to the Covid pandemic, we are serving hot meals as “grab and go” bags outside and therefore have limited volunteer slots available each week. Please stay tuned for news on when we return to dining together inside! Opening our doors (whenever it is safe to do so) will also mean we will have many more volunteer opportunities available each week. We look forward to connecting with you!