FAQ

Because none of us has all the answers.

Neighbors, friends and visitors to our church are often curious to know more about Our Redeemer’s. Here are answers to some common questions. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us any time.

Where are you located?

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Our Redeemer’s is located at 2400 NW 85th Street in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. We are the brick church right on the corner, north of Larsen’s Bakery. Our parking lot is just west of the church. Cross 25th Ave NW and come into the building through the red door. Or come through the main blue doors on the NW 85th street side of the building. For directions to Our Redeemer’s, click here.

When are your office hours?

The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Get in touch with our staff any time.

What are your worship times?

9:00 a.m. – Informal Worship in the fellowship hall

11:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship in the sanctuary

8:00 p.m. – Compline (second Sunday of the month, October to June)

Visit the Worship page to learn more about each service.

What does a worship service at Our Redeemer's look like?

It depends on which service you attend! At the 9:00 a.m. Informal Worship service, come as you are and celebrate God’s presence with an eclectic mix of music. Kids can enjoy Busy Bags at the service, or they can attend Sunday Kids’ Church to learn about God in a fun, friendly way. At the 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship, you’ll experience a spirited traditional service with familiar hymns and new liturgies. Try both services to see which one speaks to you.

For a peaceful beginning to your week, join us at Compline, a beautiful ancient service that includes guest musical groups, a small portion of the days’ sermon and quiet prayer. We gather on the second Sunday of the month, October to June, from 8:00-8:30 p.m. Stay and chat after the service while enjoying light refreshments (often including chocolate!).

Visit the Worship page for more information about Sundays at Our Redeemer’s.

Do you take the bible literally?

We take the Bible seriously, but not literally.  Read the Bible carefully and you’ll see its contradictions, and be forced to choose what to hold as most important.  Jesus, who best reveals God and God’s grace, is our lens and filter for what to make of the rest of the Bible.  Therefore, we see no inherent opposition between science and faith.

WHAT DO I DO ONCE I GET THERE?

The 9:00 a.m. service is in the Fellowship Hall through the Red door on the west side of the building. For the 11:00 a.m. service, come through the blue doors on 85th, take a right and head into the sanctuary. If you’re early, feel free to grab some coffee and a cookie in the Fellowship Hall (if you come in the blue doors, take a left). For more details on finding your way around, contact the church office.

How does Our Redeemer's do communion? Can a visitor take communion?

All people are welcome to take communion, which is offered every Sunday during both the Informal and Traditional Worship services. There is no pressure to take communion, but all are invited to share this feast of life and forgiveness.

We commune by “intinction,” which is church language for “dipping.” A pastor will hand you a piece of bread for you to dip in the red wine or clear grape juice. The only exception to this is the first Sunday of the month at 11:00 a.m., when we commune at the altar rail and offer individual thimble-fulls of wine or grape juice. Gluten-free elements are always available—just ask. Ushers or friendly people are always nearby to if you aren’t sure what to do. To learn more, visit the Worship page.

What should I wear to church? Do I have to dress up?

Wear whatever you are comfortable in. Stroll to church in your “Sunday Best,” throw on basketball shorts and a t-shirt, or wear anything in between! There is no pressure to dress up.

Visit the Worship page for more information about Sundays at Our Redeemer’s.

What if I come in late? Is that OK?

Of course! Life is busy; don’t worry if you’re late. There are bulletins at the door that include everything you need to know. Just pick one up, find where we are and join right in.

Visit the Worship page for more information about Sundays at Our Redeemer’s.

CAN I WATCH OR LISTEN TO A SERMON ONLINE?

Yes. Every week, we post a podcast of the previous Sunday’s sermon here on our website for you to download and listen to at your convenience. Visit the Podcasts page to listen to the latest sermon and browse our archive of past podcasts. We do not currently live-stream the service online.

It is difficult for me to get to Church. Can you come to my home?

Yes, our Emmaus Visitors are happy to bring you communion and companionship. Please contact Linda to arrange a visit, or learn more on the Caring Community page.

Who goes to your church?

All people are welcome at Our Redeemer’s. In our community you will meet all kinds of individuals and families, each of whom are valued, respected and cared for regardless of age, ethnic background, social status, physical condition, sexual orientation and gender identity. To learn more about our inclusive community, visit the About page.

DO I HAVE TO BE A LUTHERAN TO ATTEND WORSHIP AT OUR REDEEMER’S?

Nope! People of all faiths and backgrounds worship at Our Redeemer’s. Many of our regular worshippers are not official members of our church, or even Lutherans or Christians. Whatever your spiritual background and regardless of whether you have had any church affiliation, you are fully welcome here. Visit the About page to learn more.

DOES OUR REDEEMER’S HAVE A VISION STATEMENT?

Yes, we do. In 2001, during an interim between pastors, declining attendance challenged Our Redeemer’s to take a deep look at itself, its past and its future. Out of that shared reflection we created the new vision statement below: 

In the model of Christ and for the life of the world,we are an inclusive, devoted, caring and spiritual community that accepts challenges, takes risks and grows.

To learn more about this statement and to find out how we work to live our vision every day, visit the History page, pay us a visit or contact us any time.

 

What is Our Redeemer's Strategic Plan?

In 2014, Our Redeemer’s developed a strategic plan focused on three main objectives:

Deepening community. In 2004, after a year of conversation and study, Our Redeemer’s voted to publicly welcome individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities by becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation. People of all ages, backgrounds and spiritual journeys are now invited to the communion table and to our life together. To learn more, visit the Grow In Community page.

Transformative spirituality. We shifted our focus away from membership toward a more open and inclusive approach. Our Redeemer’s welcomes exploration, questions and individual experiences. We provide the space, safety, acceptance and resources each person needs to explore faith and experience spirituality in his or her own way. To learn more, visit the Grow in Spirit page.

Ministry-focused outreach. A longtime resource for our Ballard neighborhood, Our Redeemer’s created active social justice ministries and partnered with local organizations to maximize our capacity and impact. In recent years, Our Redeemer’s has sheltered homeless families in our fellowship hall, hosted a Share shelter and helped create the Road2Housing Project. To learn more, visit the Grow in Service page.  

We invite you to read our full strategic plan and to contact us to find out more.

WHAT KIND OF OUTREACH IS OUR REDEEMER’S INVOLVED IN?

We work with many local partners focusing on the areas of Food, Shelter, and EarthCare. People of all ages participate in serving our neighbors here in Ballard and people around the world. Visit the Grow in Service page to learn more about our ongoing social justice projects.

Interested in global outreach? International accompaniment mission trips for high school youth take place every other Summer and family mission trips are being planned for 2016. To find out more, visit the Accompaniment Mission page.

WHAT DO YOU DO YOU OFFER FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY MORNING?

Kids are valued people and ministers at Our Redeemer’s! Children are welcome to stay in worship, use a Busy Bag, receive and serve communion or volunteer to help with the service. Kids ages 4th to 6th grade have the option to be blessed early in the 9:00 a.m. Informal Worship service and attend Kids’ Church, our version of Sunday School. You can also join us once a month for Family Sabbath, where families help lead the 9:00 a.m service. Visit the Kids page to learn more.

WHAT DO YOU OFFER FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS?

Nursery care, hosted by staff members and an adult volunteers, is available for children ages 4 years and younger during both worship services (9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.). Visit the Kids page to find out more.

WHAT DO YOU OFFER FOR YOUTH?

Youth programming at Our Redeemer’s is focused on building community, serving our neighbors and discovering and using our identity as children of God. Students in 7th and 8th grade can participate in Confirmation, where we explore God and faith together. High school youth gather for quarterly service projects and fun events—not to mention fantastic retreats and global mission trips. You can see pictures from past events in our photo galleryvisit the Youth page  or Steven Rystrom to learn more.

WHAT DO YOU OFFER FOR YOUNG ADULTS?

If you feel like a young adult in your heart, you are invited to join us for meaningful connection, mindful service and lots of fun! Anyone over 18 can participate in our young adult events. We eat brunch, go on hikes and discover the ways we can best use our gifts for the good of the world. Learn more about Young Adult programming, browse the calendar or contact Steven Rystrom to learn more.