We begin every service here at Salmon Creek Church with the phrase, “Where all who seek the grace of God are welcome.” And we mean it. We are an open and diverse community, dedicated to helping each other along the path of grace as laid out by Jesus Christ. We are not concerned about where you came from, only about where you are headed. We believe that no matter how the world seeks to divide us – by political affiliation, sexual identity, or any other means – Christ seeks to unite us in love: a Gospel based love that reveals the beautiful truth embedded in all people.
You might be new to this kind of thing: aren’t you blessed to make a new start among many others who remember what it was like to be new. Even if you have been attending church for a long time, there’s always something new to be discovered. Our three Sunday worship services are called Traditional (8:30 a.m.), Modern (10:30 a.m.), and The Bridge (6:00 p.m. on second Sundays); all are times of trust, discovery, and community. We have programs for children and youth between the two Sunday morning services (at approximately 9:35 a.m.), youth groups, and adult classes on Sundays and beyond. Salmon Creek Church has a variety of mission and volunteer programs to benefit our community. We are a busy, faithful, loving organization, made stronger by people like you.
If you’re still not certain, take a look at the short video below. You just might see yourself there. We’d be delighted to see you here at Salmon Creek Church.
Blessings, and see you soon. ~Pastor John
Traditional Worship, 8:30 a.m.
We gather in the Sanctuary for fellowship, announcements, prayer, and song. Our program follows the Methodist tradition with scripture readings, a sermon and reflections on the scriptures, and special music by either our choirs or individual musicians. An offering will be taken as an act of worship; these funds support the commitments the leaders have made for the congregation that keep the lights on, salaries paid, and mission commitments to support others outside our doors. You are welcome to give - it is not required. After the benediction (a blessing by the Pastor for the week), you will be invited to join hands across the aisles to sing a final blessing. Make a new friend around you as you leave. Join for coffee, or slip out quietly. The pastor and leaders are happy to speak with you.
Modern Worship, 10:30 a.m.
This service follows much the same outline as our traditional service with scripture, offering, sermon, and communion, but we highlight and explore more contemporary music from both our Praise Team and members of congregation sharing their musical gifts. The service order is displayed on our screens to guide you through the service. This also takes place in the Sanctuary.
The Bridge, 2nd Sundays, 6 p.m.
At The Bridge, you'll participate in ways that connect life and faith through experience, sharing, learning and, yes, music. We'll explore together in a safe community what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We'll begin with a service of music, meditation and message. We'll close in community and pastoral prayer, then meet for shared desserts. You may participate in as much or as little as you want. Let us know if you would like to contribute in some way. And if all you really need is to absorb faith and grace for a while, that's okay too. God is here for you as you take your journey across The Bridge. As weather allows, we'll move our worship outside to our firepit, our gazebo, or we'll stay in our beautiful Sanctuary.
WHERE DO MY KIDS GO?
Sunday school classes occur between services from 9:35 - 10:25 a.m. Children (preschool to grade 5 generally) are dismissed from the 8:30 worship service after the children's message. Nursery care is available for ages 0-5 at all services. Learn about our thriving children's ministry here.
Youth Group (grades 6-12 generally) meets between first and second services for Bible Brunch, and again during The Bridge. Come when you're able! Learn about our faithful, service-driven youth ministry here.
WHAT ABOUT LOGISTICS?
Where do I go when I arrive?
You are welcome to park anywhere in our parking lot, which spans the West and South sides of our campus. The Little White Chapel, our original worship center on the Northwest corner, is open for some special services. Our main offices, sanctuary, and Fellowship Hall, as well as our Day School, are all in the central building. Our Family Ministry Center is just to the east of this building, as well as our firepit, gardens, and lovely bamboo garden. Our grounds are open during worship services. We hope you will join us in the sanctuary for worship, prayer, study, or Sunday School. Please inquire at our main office or see our worship bulletins for other classes offered on Sundays and throughout the week.
What if I don't know the music or prayers?
All lyrics, verses, and communal prayers are broadcast on multiple screens. We offer hymnals, bibles, and printed bulletins for you to follow along with as well. Lift your voice as you feel compelled, or simply sit and enjoy the spirit of the service. In the Modern service and The Bridge, our Praise Team will invite you to stand and join in song and dance inasmuch as you feel comfortable and compelled.
What do I wear?
We do not have a dress code, nor did God. We want you to be comfortable and at ease; come as you are.
I just want to take Communion
We offer full Communion the first Sunday of each month at all services in our Sanctuary. All other Sundays, Communion is offered in the White Chapel between first and second services (approximately 9:45 a.m.). All are welcome at the Lord's table. A healing service is offered at all services on the fifth Sunday of each month. See ushers for details.
I'm here! Now what?
As you enter one of the services an usher will hand you a weekly bulletin. Please let an usher know if you have special seating needs such as a wheelchair or hearing aid. We will show you where our restrooms are, including changing tables. We are so happy you are here, and we hope to see you again! Check out our calendar for upcoming events!
Our doors are always open, regardless of gender, orientation, race, economic status, or education. Office hours listed below; building hours vary based on group activities and events.
12217 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 98686, US
7:00 am – 4:00 pm
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