FAQ

Q. what should I expect my first time at Bear creek?

A. You don't have to dress up.  People come to Bear Creek however they are most comfortable.  Some like to put on their "Sunday best" and others simple roll out of bed and put on a hat.  Our service will have a variety of music, some prayers and a message/sermon.  We always end with Communion. (There is a whole question about that below.)  There are a few times when we read together and pray together.  The words will always be provided for you either in your handout or on the screens, so don't worry about knowing all of the right words.  Our aim is to make this a special time while also making it approachable for people of all backgrounds.

 

Q. What is there for my kids?

A. We love kids...but we also understand that an hour of singing and listening can be a lot for them to bear.  That's why we provide an activity table and busy bags for children of all ages. Along the back of our worship pace, there are rocking chairs for people who need to be held.  Every week we have a Nursery with a trained, background checked staff, but if you'd rather have your children with you in the service, that's fine with us. 

 

Q. how do I join a group?

A. We start and stop our groups on a regular basis to make it easy for new friends to get involved.  If you want to join right away, contact our Congregational Assistant at Support@bcumc.org and they will help you reach out right away.

 

Q. how do I join the church?

A. Bear Creek offers confirmation classes for people who are interested in making a commitment to both our Lord and our church.  Pastor Brook teaches these using Individualized Spiritual Plans (ISPs).  To put these together, Pastor Brook works with students in a group and on a one-on-one basis so that your spiritual plan fits you.  Contact pastor@bcumc.org if you would like to take this step.

 

Q. what denomination is bear creek affiliated with?

A. Bear Creek is a member of the The United Methodist Denomination www.umc.org.  The people of The United Methodist Church believe in putting  faith in action by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  We join them in this mission. Through the power of our connection to God and others, this denomination is making a positive difference in more than 125 countries.  

The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world. 

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.  To learn more about the rich heritage of the UMC tradition, check out umc.org/what-we-believe, or maybe have coffee with one of our members and let them fill you in.

 

Q. why do you take communion every week?

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
— 1 Corinthians 11:23–26

A. We believe in an open table for Communion and celebrate this weekly.  "Communion" is where we break bread and pour juice (instead of wine) to remind us of the broken body and spilled blood of Jesus when He died on the cross.  We welcome everyone, every week to celebrate the event that changed our lives by giving us grace.  We have a few reasons that we do this weekly;

1) The Lord’s Supper is an invitation to worship Jesus.

The Bible tells us to “do this” in remembrance of him. The feast redirects our hearts to Jesus’ death, resurrection and triumphant salvation. When we remember him, it is not to have a moment of nostalgia, remembering something that happened thousands of years ago. We remember so that we can worship him—to express the joy we have because of God's great grace..

2) The Lord’s Supper is an invitation to be refreshed by Jesus.

Communion is more than a mental exercise, at the Lord’s table we are refreshed, nourished, strengthened, and encouraged by the spiritual presence of King Jesus.

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation (Greek, koinonia) in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation (Greek, koinonia) in the body of Christ? – (1 Cor. 10:16)

Jesus meets us at his table. Koinonia (fellowship) happens. Community with Christ is found at the Lord’s table.  When we draw near to God, God promises to draw near to us, and the nearness of God is our good (James 4:8, Psalm 73:28)

3) The Lord’s Supper is an invitation to unity.

Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. – (1 Cor. 10:17)

One Jesus. One body. One loaf. At the Lord’s Table we are reminded that we are one in Christ. We live in divisive times and members of this community might disagree on issues, but division cannot sit at the Table.  The human tendency to separate melts under the gentle light and life of God’s love. Empowered by communion, we are mote able to love one another as God has loved us.

 

Q. how do i use the church facility for a wedding, funeral or other event?

It is the intent of Bear Creek UMC to be good stewards of the beautiful building, furnishings, contents, and grounds that we are blessed with. While we view the primary role of these facilities to be a support of Bear Creek UMC programs and ministries, we recognize that they hold additional potential for good beyond this. Therefore, we have and will continue to seek out partners who share our overall commitment to a better community and world and can benefit from the use of our facilities.

General Information on Building Use

In order to maintain our tax-exempt status, events and activities in the church building must be non-profit in nature. If you have any questions or concerns about your event meeting this requirement, please contact us (425) 788-2953 or buildinguse@bcumc.org). To view additional guidelines for building use, please click here.

Large Events

If you are considering the church for a large event such as a wedding, please contact us (425) 788-2953 or buildinguse@bcumc.org)so that we can assist with the facility use portion of the planning.

Building Use Fees

We do charge a fee for use of our facility to cover the cost of items such as power, heating and cooling, cleaning, and maintenance. To view the current fee schedule, click here. If the fee would create a significant hardship for your group, please contact us (425) 788-2953 or buildinguse@bcumc.org)so that we may consider underwriting all or a portion of the fee.

Building Space Availability

If you wish to find out if a specific date, time, and space are available, you may contact us at (425) 788-2953 or buildinguse@bcumc.org) or click here to view our Building Use Calendar.