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“Move” is a 6-week church journey, where we will explore what it means to step into the story that God is calling us to as a church through prayer, listening, dialogue and commitment.  As we “Move” together, we will explore what it means to actively participate in changing our neighborhood, city and world by sacrificing ourselves for key missional projects.

How MOVE works:

For six weeks, starting the first weekend in October, we will be talking about how every movement starts somewhere.  It can start with a stir in your gut, an inner-wrestling with the status quo or a simple hunger for something new.   But no Movement gets off the ground unless an individual or a small group of people believes that change is possible and then sacrifices themselves to see that change or movement start.

Three parts of MOVE:

  1. Attend the weekend service:  This will be the starting point for the conversations and individual work that will take place throughout the week.  If you miss this, you will miss a lot. We are encouraging everyone to make attending the weekend service a priority for these six weeks.
  2. Community Group: Groups are the center of the journey and we are asking that every person (every person) make the commitment to be in a group for 6 weeks.  This is where the real work and transformation happens. JOIN A GROUP NOW!
  3. Guide:  Everyone will be given a guide that will help participants navigate through the journey.  This will include exercises specifically designed to help you and your families and groups wrestle with what it looks like to MOVE.

 


MOVE projects:

FUNLAND

Ballard Church is strategically located in the heart of a growing community of thousands of young parents just starting their families.  Only about 30% of those families identify as having any affiliation with a religious community. Therefore, if we want to be a church that takes seriously the call to engage and serve our immediate neighbors and community, we must think differently.  By completely redesigning and enhancing Funland and making it regularly accessible to families and children in the Ballard area we can become a fun, welcoming and accessible community gathering space for a significant amount of people in our neighborhood.

EDAs we serve parents and children in our immediate neighborhood we also feel called to remember those in our city who unfortunately find themselves on the margins and struggling to obtain some of the most basic resources.  As a church we declare that it is NOT OK for children in our city to go without food, without a home and with limited access to early education and care.  Therefore, in partnership with UGM we will be developing, and funding a unique and ongoing program of therapeutic play and educational services to serve children experiencing homelessness.

BURUNDI

Burundi is one of the most impoverished and malnourished countries in the world; almost 60% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, and starvation remains one of the country’s most pressing issues.  By partnering with International Childcare Ministries and supporting the Burundi Food Fund, we will be able to supply more than 200,000 meals, which is nearly 20% of the program’s annual meal distribution. ICCM in Burundi serves approximately 13,000 Burundi children a year. Learn more about International Childcare Ministries.

MOVE FUND

 For us to become a compelling presence in this community and to make a lasting impact, we must look beyond years 3 and 4 and start thinking about who we want to become in years 5, 10, 15 and 20.  As our church “Moves” on our mission to reach this community, we will be provided with countless opportunities to engage.  However, most of these opportunities come with real costs. The Move Fund is a reserve fund that will allow us to move on future missional opportunities, develop our key ministries and support the growing infrastructure of the church.

For more about the MOVE contact Rob.

coffee shopYou know that saying home is where the heart is? Well I’m convinced that 95% of Seattleite’s hearts are deeply saturated with coffee, therefore a Seattleites home is in a coffee shop.

While it might be self proclaimed, Seattle is the Coffee Capital of the World and there’s no denying that fact that Seattle loves its coffee. Whether you’re a Starbucks fanatic or a local coffee shop regular, I’m sure you feel right at home in a coffee shop.

And the BC coffee shop is no exception. We want people to feel at home at BC, and part of creating a welcoming atmosphere is the coffee shop. As we’ve already established, Seattleites feel at home in coffee shops, we have a coffee shop, therefore people should feel at home upon walking into BC. [Did I do my logic correctly?]

In order to continue making people feel at home in the coffee shop, we need people to make and serve the coffee. No coffee shop is worth anything if it doesn’t have an awesome barista! Are you interested in becoming a barista at BC? Don’t know the difference between an Americano and hot tea? No need to worry we’ll train you!

To join the team contact Kayla Lewis or Jenn Hemker.

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Back in June we decided as a church to partner with Mary’s Place to provide and serve meals on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Over the last couple months we have been thrilled by your response. Many of you have stepped up and volunteered to either prepare or serve dinner at Mary’s Place. And to those of you who’ve already volunteered:

THANK YOU!

And to those of you planning to volunteer:

THANK YOU!

Mary’s Place is an agency that provides support for homeless women and their children. It is one of the only agencies of its kind providing day and night shelter, hot meals, clothing, showers, laundry, and most importantly safety, comfort, and love. Click here to learn more about Mary’s Place.

We are looking forward to continuing this partnership and serving Seattle and Mary’s Place in the coming months. There are a few different ways you can get involved:

  1. Volunteer to prepare dinner the Sunday before from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.
  2. Volunteer to serve dinner at Mary’s Place on Tuesday from 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  3. Donate food for dinner.
  4. Donate items needed by Mary’s Place. For the month of August we are collecting children’s pajamas.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Mary’s Place email Curtis Kester at cjkester@gmail.com.

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Of course hospitality is more than just donuts – we have bagels and coffee too, but beyond that hospitality is so much more. Hospitality plays a huge role in creating the inviting atmosphere Ballard Church seeks to portray.

The Hospitality Team is responsible making drip coffee, placing bagels and donuts out, and maintaining a stocked and clean coffee area. While this behind the scenes role might not be the most glamorous, it is one of the most essential pieces in BC’s hospitable environment. Each Sunday morning people are immediately welcomed and made comfortable with coffee, bagels, and donuts. In any situation, food has a way of putting people at ease, especially in a new place, and as a hospitality volunteer you are a key player in BC’s welcome.

We are currently looking for people that are passionate about serving people and interested in joining the Hospitality Team. If that’s you, contact Christy or Matt Frederick to get involved!

groups_website-04-11Summer groups are launching the week of July 6th and I highly suggest you join a group. Why? Well I’m glad you asked, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons you should join a group. There are countless reasons to join a group, but these are the top 5:

1. Groups create community. By joining you have the opportunity to connect with one another outside of Sunday service and immerse yourself in the BC community. You can find community among women, men, marrieds, families…whatever stage of life you are in, we have a group for that.

2. Meet new people. I think it’s safe to say that you don’t know everyone at BC, so if you join a group you are bound to meet someone new. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your future spouse, or more likely, a great friend. Meet people that you see every week at church, but haven’t had a chance to connect with, or bring a friend and introduce them to your developing BC community. Every group is an opportunity to meet someone new–so we definitely have a group for that.

3. Something to look forward to each week. During the summer schedules tend to shift and we’re left with extra free time. If we aren’t careful summer can get away from us and before we know it, summer is over. All of our groups meet on a weekly basis so each week there is something to look forward to–a bonfire, time with friends, or hiking–we’re taking full advantage of summer. So start getting excited for the week because we have a group for that.

4. Seattle summers are made for summer groups. Seattle summers might be Seattle’s best kept secret. Seattle may be known for grey skies, gloom and rain, but in July, August, and September, Seattle really starts to show off. Summer is the best time to spend time outside – whether it’s for a BBQ, a bonfire or a hike – we have a group for that.

5. FUN. Groups are fun for all of the aforementioned reasons! Come check out a weekly group in the Seattle summer and connect with your community and meet new friends. Sounds like a blast!  Those of you motivated primarily by fun or a good time, we have a group for that.

Now there’s only one thing left to do: JOIN A GROUP! Follow this link to the group page and sign up–you can thank me later.

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Summer has finally arrived and we want to toast to the summer season in the best way possible, with a LAWN BOWLING POTLUCK! What is Lawn Bowling you ask? I’m still not sure, but I’ve been told it’s similar to bocce ball. And for your pleasure, I’ve done a little research, check out the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club to learn more about Lawn Bowling. It’s all just for fun, but we will also be hosting a tournament, so dust off your bowling arm and get ready for some summer fun. Maybe some Wii Bowling could be of some help getting you ready?

This will be a great event to invite all your friends – you could even challenge them to rousing game of Lawn Bowling. It will also be a potluck so bring a dish to share. We are excited to see you there this Sunday, June 29th from 12:30pm – 3:00pm at Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club. For more information contact Juliet McAndrew or Dave McAndrew.

Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club: 6098 Aurora Ave N, Seattle. (Click here for driving directions)

Categories : Events
Spring Cleaning Slide
CALLING ALL CLEANING SUPERHEROES!
Okay, so maybe there’s no such thing, but if you’re reading this I’m calling you. On Saturday, May 31st, we are doing some Spring Cleaning and we need your help. As you’ve probably noticed,  BC is huge. It’s also been a few different churches, and over those years its managed to collect a little more than cobwebs. Sure, we’ve got some cobwebs, but along with those cobwebs we have about 1000 glass cups, a pool table, the most random assortment of furniture, and God only knows what else is stored in the caves of BC. Now, don’t let the daunting task of cleaning the church intimidate you, because I know you’re a hero and you can handle this whole cleaning thing.
We’re also making a special ask for people with trucks — we have  a lot of stuff to move and trucks make the job that much easier. Can you imagine me driving down Aurora with a pool table in my Honda Civic? I don’t think I’d get too far, so if you have a truck, bring it along!
And one more ask, carpenters and builders — we’re calling you — we have a few building projects we’d like to work on, so pack up those tools and bring your best building skills!
On Saturday we will have two shifts: 10am – 12:30pm and 12:30pm – 3pm, but of course you’re welcome to stay for both! We will also provide lunch and as always great company. This will be a great way to engage and connect with others within the BC community, because let’s be honest, there’s nothing that bonds people like spring cleaning. We look forward to seeing you on May 31st, let us know you’re coming by emailing Andrew Van Ness at andrew@ballardchurch.com.
Thanks for being such a hero!
Categories : Events, Volunteers

Frozen movie night

Let it go…a few simple words, but if it triggers a heartfelt ballad, you may have seen a little movie called Frozen. Along with the rest of the world, are your kids obsessed with the movie Frozen? I’m sure Frozen has taken over your house, with your kids acting out all the characters, quoting all the lines, and singing all the songs.
 
Now it’s time to take Frozen to the next level and play it on the big screen in the sanctuary. Ballard Kidz is hosting a Family Movie Night on Friday May 16th from 6pm – 8pm. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families in the BC community. We’ll bring the popcorn and movie, you bring the family, and we’re sure to have a great night that just might knock your gloves off.
 
For more information or to RSVP, email Sam Sandquist at sam@ballardchurch.com.
 
Also, for a fun conversation ask Rob about his opinion of Frozen. 
Categories : Ballard Kids, Events

God Unboxed

 Did you know that five out of six people will come to church on Easter if invited by a friend? Five out of six. The very best baseball players don’t have a batting average that high. Why not take a leap of faith and invite the friend you’ve been wanting to invite all year? Maybe a coworker, a relative, a neighbor, a coach, a gym buddy, or your favorite barista? Invite them all, chances are five of them will show up to church on Easter; they just need to be invited. 

There is simply no better Sunday to visit Ballard Church. Easter is the pinnacle of the Christian faith. It’s the day we celebrate Jesus’ life and resurrection. This Sunday we will be kicking off a series titled God Unboxed in which we will explore some of God’s lesser known and more unique characteristics. 
 
Invite a friend and join us as we celebrate Easter and the launch of this fun series!
Categories : Events, Sermon Series

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Our new lead pastor, Rob Stewart is kicking off this new series on Sunday, March 23rd. More info coming soon!

Categories : Sermon Series