Here at Bellevue we try to provide a complete church experience, where Bible study and fellowship blend with heartfelt worship to raise both mind and spirit into communion with God.
Bible Study: Saturday 9:30-10:45 a.m.
On Saturday mornings we offer a number of Bible study choices which we've designed to be age-appropriate as well as "rubber-meets-the-road" practical. Here are the current options:
Worship Service: Saturday 11:00 a.m. (concludes about about 12:15 p.m.)
Fellowship Potluck Dinner Twice a Month: immediately after the service, on the first and third Saturdays of the month
Using our Talents -- Sharing God's Love:
- Beginners (ages birth-3) Beginners are growing fast, learning to use and control their own bodies, and already forming life habits by imitating others. In this class, teachers introduce your child to Jesus through cheerful interactive songs, hands-on activities, and object lessons.
- Kindergarten (age4 -first grade) Kindergarteners are active and energetic, talkative, and are learning to sing. They are concrete, realistic thinkers--symbols don't mean much yet. In this class, teachers strengthen knowledge of Jesus through action, singing, Bible verses and character-building stories.
- Primary (grades 2-4) Primary kids are at a delightful age, at the entrance to the world of knowledge, full of curiosity and eager to learn. They're friendly and sympathetic, confident and anxious to please, helpful and eager to be a part of the action. In this class, teachers remember that for Primaries, "thinking is doing." Through Bible stories, cheerful songs and interesting activities, teachers try to inspire the imagination with a sense of how real Jesus and other Bible characters were.
- Junior (grades 5-6) Juniors are exhuberant, energetic, thinking, funny, independent, creative, sociable, and so much more! Teacher recognize that most young people make a lifelong decision for Christ at this age, and they meet the challenge by sharing Bible stories about Jesus and others which show real people in action for God--and by giving opportunities to serve others in really practical ways.
- Earliteen/Youth (grades 7-12) Earliteens and Youth are entering years of traumatic transition, where life's realities sometimes seem intimidating. Teachers provide thoughtful, contemporary sing-along music and relevant Bible lessons carefully designed to discuss issues in a Christian context.
- Pastor's Bible Study Class - provides an introductory and broad-based approach designed to give the interested person a solid foundation in the Bible, and a practical introduction to the Seventh-day Adventist way of looking at Scripture.
- Newcomers' Class - offers an opportunity for those new to our church (as well as others who prefer this type of class) to study a at a more flexible, deliberate pace. The class guides itself through the Bible chapter-by-chapter with no set time table. A facilitator guides discussion, but the format allows for maximum personal input and thought provoking dialogue.
- Collegiate Study Guide Class - is designed around a standard quarterly lesson study booklet published for young adults. The class is lead by a teacher who encourages class member input and discussion.
- Adult Study Guide Class - is similar to the Collegiate class but follows studies designed for the general adult member. Following themes set out by the lesson publishers, the class generally uses a topical approach to draw lessons from the Bible for daily and weekly study. There are two of these classes--one in the sanctuary and one in the fireside room off the foyer.
Our clothing bank is our attempt to fill one of the many needs of our local community. Staffed by Community Service volunteers, it offers free clothing and small household items to anyone in need. We also maintain a food cupboard for emergencies. Each year we serve about 800 families and gave away 16,000 items of clothing.
Hours: We are open to serve clients from 9.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday. For those who cannot come during those hours an evening appointment can be arranged, by calling the church at 425-746-1763 and leaving a message which includes name and phone number.
Donations: We gladly accept clean donations in good repair on Wednesday mornings while we are open. If you need to drop off donations at other times we encourage you to make arrangements by calling the church secretary at 425-746-1763.
Volunteers: If you would like to be a part of this helping ministry we can always use you. Jobs range from sorting and preparing clothing to meeting and aiding clients.
Pathfinders, a scout-style Christian youth organization sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, celebrates more than 50 years of serving our youth. It encourages mental, physical, and spiritual growth in boys and girls ages 10-15. As they earn honor badges in various skills such as camping, backpacking, hiking and a host of other areas, these young people learn to be better citizens of this world and the world to come--and better friends of their Creator.
Here at Bellevue we believe that while God loves individuals, He also loves groups.
And He often works most powerfully in small-group settings. Think of Noah and his family. Think of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Think of Jesus' 12 disciples. Think of the small but explosive house churches in the book of Acts.
Small groups give people a chance to get to know each other. And with knowledge comes encouragement and trust--and support when it's needed.
That's why we provide a number of small-group opportunities. Some are long-term, some short-term. Some are task-oriented, some study-oriented, and some just for fun. Stay tuned--we'll update this list when it changes.
Click here to see our list of Saturday morning adult bible study options--then come and try the one which intrigues you the most!
Individual Bible Study with the Pastor -- "I'd be delighted to answer Bible questions or even schedule a one-on-one study session," says Pastor Maylan Schurch. "Whether you have a Bible question, or whether you're curious about what it is that makes Adventists different from other denominations, you're welcome to give me a call." Maylan's home phone is 206-625-9206 (toll-free from the Bellevue area), or you may e-mail him at: Maylans@aol.com
Community Services Clothing Bank -- If you'd like to volunteer to either sort clothes or assist clients Wednesday mornings 9:30 to noon, you may email: Maylans@aol.com or phone 425-746-1763.