God's Hands

Here at Bear Creek UMC we are always looking for new ways to reach out and share God's love with our neighbors and beyond.  Our goal is to be the hands and feet of the God we have come to know in Jesus Christ.  Here at Bear Creek we always have something going on where we are reaching out in mercy, love, and justice.   Whether it's a "feeding the 5,000" ministry that collects non-perishable items for the area food pantries, hosting Camp Unity Eastside (a homeless tent city) in our parking lot, or reaching out to families from Afghanistan who have recently immigrated to the US, we are hard at it doing the work of Christ in the world.   If you would like to get involved in this ministry or have questions please contact our God's Hands chair: Karen Robinson at 949-637-8951.    

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  • Camp Unity Eastside

    Currently Bear Creek UMC is hosting Camp Unity Eastside, a tent city homeless community, in our parking lot.  Because of the unusually cold winter, we have often invited the campers inside our building to sleep and stay warm.  We will be hosting Camp Unity from November through February.  Every Tuesday our church community provides and evening meal for the campers. This ministry also includes many opportunities to engage with the campers and to provide extra needs for them.  Every year we gift the camp with a major gift to help them with major needs.  Our Camp Unity Christmas party is one of the hightlights of this ministry. 


  • Ministry to Immigrant Families from Afghanistan

    One of the unique ministries we have here at Bear Creek is our ministry to and with families from Afghanistan who have been forced to leave their country due to persecution.  These families have such inspiring stories of overcoming incredible odds and heart-breaking situations, and yet they keep going!  We started this ministry by trying to help teach these folks a little bit of English, and now we have expanded our ministry to help many of them get essential goods and services in order to transition to life in the U.S.   Currently we are collecting items to help them get through the PNW winters! 

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  • Feeding the 5,000!


    This winter we are trying to take a big bite out of hunger by collecting 5,000 non-perishable food items for our area food pantries.  Our cut-off date is February 13th (the Super Bowl).   Bring all items to the sanctuary and place them in our collection boxes!   Why not organize a drop off spot at your place of employment, or organize a neighborhood pickup, and bring the items collected to the church!   


  • Bear Creek Children Fund New Kitchen in Kenyan Orphanage!

    This year for our Generous Giving Campaign some of the children at Bear Creek auctioned off hand-made items.  All the money was to go to a mission project!  This year they raised $2395 for missions!  As a result, they were able to fund a new kitchen for an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya!  Here at Bear Creek we want to get everyone involved in the joy of reaching out and sharing with others!  Pictured here are Liam, Hannah, and Sophie auctioning off their bird houses!


     


    Have you ever heard of the term "siloing"?   This is the human tendency to hang with the same group.  The same group that looks just like we do; that holds the exact values we do; that lives on the same income level as we do; that has the same colored skin that we do; that speaks the same language as we do: etc.   At Bear Creek we want to challenge that concept by creating encounters with folks who are different than we are.  That may mean that we sign up to help teach English as a Second Language to recent immigrants from Afghanistan.  That might mean be going on a mission trip to Honduras.  That migh mean joining in a frank dialogue with African American's in the area about the reality of racism in our own beloved town and community. That may be volunteering at a welcoming booth in the Pride Parade in downtown Seattle. That may mean serving a meal for Camp Unity Eastside and sitting across the table with a 53 year old artist whose been homeless for 15 years. Why do we do this?  So that we can learn that Christ is not only in us, but in that neighbor we often drive right by. 

  • CROP WALK FOR WORLD HUNGER

    Crop Walk for World Hunger

    Every spring, Bear Creek UMC is a major participant in the annual Woodinville Crop Walk for World Hunger.  This last year we hosted it at our sight.  Included in this event is a great community of walkers, learning activities about hunger and water issues in the world, and some great children's activities.   We're not sure when this is coming up in 2022, but when we find out you will be the first to know! 

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  • Mission Trips! 

    Every other year, Bear Creek takes a major mission trip to Honduras.  There in Honduras we work side by side with a community in need doing projects they have identified as needs, working with their children, and immersing ourselves in the culture of these wonderful people. This has been put on hold due to the pandemic, but plans are starting to surface!  We are also open to a shorter mission trip for those who aren't able to navigate the time commitments of traveling to Honduras. 

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