Church is more than a place to go
Are you looking for a meaningful way of making a difference in the lives of others? Have you wondered how you might share your time and talents in community while also making connections? There are many ways to make a meaningful contribution through different volunteer roles.
We serve the wider community
Our faith compels us beyond our walls to love and serve our neighbors.
Supporting those experiencing homelessness: Our church hosts Porchlight (formerly Congregations For The Homeless) men’s shelter every November, and we founded The Sophia Way organization that provides shelter and outreach services to homeless women year-round.
Open and affirming: Our church has been Open & Affirming since 1996, recognizing that all people are uniquely loved and valued by God. We have participated in pride events, hosted interfaith pride concerts, and advocated for equal rights.
Immigrant welcoming: We voted to become an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation to better follow the message of “love thy neighbor.” We have lived into this call through our communal welcome, along with efforts locally and internationally for supporting immigrants and immigrant justice.
Environmental Justice: We are called by God to care for creation, to respond as a community to protect and sustain for future generations. At FCC Bellevue, we are continually looking for ways that we can improve our sustainability practices and lead by example in our local communities. These ongoing efforts have included advocacy to lawmakers, education of ourselves and others, and service projects in our local community.
The Church at work
As a congregational church, our ministry is the work of the people. Lay leaders partner with our pastors and staff to live the mission of the church through our five ongoing commissions and several committees as well as short term or ad hoc projects.
Welcoming Commission: This commission focuses on how we can affirm a joyful welcome and invite folks into deeper participation in church life. This commission includes a communications team, new member welcome, nominating committee, stewardship committee and supporting the establishment of small groups within the congregation.
Congregational Ministries Commission: This commission works to promote a feeling of community and looks at how we are connecting to each other. This commission includes social activities led by the parish life committee, and caring ministries including our parish visitor, Stephen Ministers, card writing and helping to host memorial services.
Discipleship Commission: This commission helps members and families into a growing relationship with God. Its work supports worship, including worship planning, music programs, liturgists, greeters and ushers, communion and faith formation which includes education and related social programs for elementary, middle and high school grades and educational programs for adults.
Service and Witness Commission: How do we care for our neighbor and work for justice in our wider world? This commission includes Outreach, work with Porchlight, Environmental Justice, Immigrant Welcome and efforts for social justice.
Administrative Management: How do we care for our resources of building, property, and staff? We want to manage our work well, so that we can help our mission move forward in community. If you have talents or interest buildings, maintenance and capital projects, HR, A/V, sound, tech, or a green thumb for landscaping, there are opportunities here.