What to Expect
We are just starting our journey with Jesus through Mark's gospel, and already there's a pattern to his movement: margins --> centers of power --> get into / cause trouble --> retreat to margins for prayer and rest (then around & around again...). This...
Using poetry from Lifting Hearts off the Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry, by Lyla June Johnston & Joy De Vito, Pastor Melanie reflects on the beginning of Jesus' ministry and on what Jesus' followers are called to - both in scripture and today. ...
After a brief introduction by Dan, Kathryn Smith Derksen shares reflections on 4 years of life in (complicated and diverse, awe-inspiring and pain-filled) South Africa. And then she beautifully brings the message home with gracious truth-telling about colonialism in...
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a dress code or certain dress expectations?
Yes, please wear clothes! But other than that, come as you are.
How long is the service?
Our worship service typically lasts one hour, 15 minutes (from 9:30-10:45 a.m.), followed by a coffee break!
What is the music like?
Our music is diverse as the the gifts of our team of amazing volunteer musicians! From four-part a cappella hymns … to a folk group … to the more classical sorts of accompaniment provided by piano and strings … to choral offerings by our choir. We do love music.
How big is the church?
Well this is tough to answer. It depends on when and who you count! Typical Sunday morning attendance can range anywhere from 75-150, and the circles of our SMC community extend far beyond those who show up on any given Sunday morning.
What do you offer for babies and toddlers?
Kids of all ages are welcome in our community! We have set up a “pray-ground” at the front of the sanctuary – with soft toys and coloring supplies – so that our youngest ones have a place to be in worship that is welcoming and centered and specifically for them. We also have a staffed nursery for babies and toddlers should you prefer to leave them in good, caring hands.
Where is guest parking?
We have a parking lot behind the church – enter through the alley just east of our building. Look for the Seattle Mennonite Church signs. There’s also typically plenty of street parking within a block or two.
Can a visitor take communion?
Yes! At SMC, we believe and proclaim that everyone is welcome to Jesus’ table.
How do I join the church?
All who wish are invited to fully participate in the worship and life of our congregation – whether it’s your first or thousandth time with us. We gather for a celebratory service of covenanting each year on Pentecost (typically May or June) when we speak our congregational covenant aloud and offer our “yes” to this church community. If you are new to the Mennonite church, please be in touch with a pastor to learn about our congregational covenant and/or more opportunities to explore (ana)baptism in community.