Ministry Partner Events & Opportunities to Serve

New Horizons – Partnering with youth experiencing homelessness
  • Help Provide Dinner for New Horizons – May 7th (filled), May 21st, May 28th, June 2nd (filled), June 4th, June 18th, June 25th

    New Horizons is looking for Bethany folks to provide dinners for a group of 30-40 youth who are experiencing homelessness. If you are able to take the lead on organizing a meal or interested in finding out more about how to get involved, please e-mail Marisa Gronholz at This would be a great opportunity for a small group or for a few people to partner together to provide a meal!

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
Our goal is to have 50 Bethany Encouragers by late May. (So far 20 people have signed on!!)  The commitment is for one year so that we can really see them through this BIG year (with many changes in Immigration policy, and the move to a brand new big building). If you are interested in learning more or want to sign up to walk alongside one or two World Relief Seattle staff members, contact Dianne Ross at:

2.  Calling all Cyclists!! Century Ride on June 19th
Registration is now open for the World Refugee Day Century Challenge on June 19th! This is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to welcoming refugees and asylees. We would love to get a team from Bethany together. Please contact Marisa if you are interested.

Much like last year, this is a self-planned, self-supported challenge, but we encourage people to train and ride together.

Registration is $80 and you will get a sweet World Refugee Day Jersey to wear on the 19th. Or if you definitely don’t want a jersey, you can register for free! Deadline for jersey registration is April 29th.

There is no minimum fundraising goal, but there will be some sweet prizes for those who raise $500, $1000, and $2,000.

To foster community and provide a little extra support, World Relief will be hosting some Zoom meetups throughout training season to help you get to know World Relief and prepare for your challenge. The first one will be on March 18th, 2021, so register soon!! These will also be a place for you to connect with other riders and plan some training rides together.

3.  Gather Supplies and Assemble Welcome Kits for New Arrivals
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.

4.  Volunteer with Refugees:

  • 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
  • Invitation to Weekly 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): / Meeting ID: 752 254 371
  • Wrestling with Reconciliation
    1st Thursday of every month, 7:00-8:30pm
    Join us for a conversation on racial division and recent events with special guest presentations and interview formats, including dialogue and discussion. For more details about topics and guest speakers, visit the event page here.
    >>Join us on Zoom (recurring link): / Meeting ID: 835 3582 8811
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. 

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 contact Hannah, the Director of Wednesday Night Dinner, to discuss ways to get involved and/or to learn more about this community and ministry.   

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!