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What matters most in life are relationships. And that is what the church is all about: Relationship – with God and with one another. Redeemer is our network of Community Groups – our front-line of pastoral care. They are also the place where new members become part of the family, and where we encourage accountability and discipleship, develop leaders, identify people’s gifts, and provide service and ministry opportunities. Within these groups, a primary Christian community is developed and fostered. People are nurtured, equipped and released for God's work in the world. These groups also provide an opportunity for deeper friendships, mutual support, practical love and service, learning about the Christian faith, prayer, and sharing of what God is doing in our midst.
Children's Sunday School
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” – Mark 10:14-15
There are no second class citizens in God’s kingdom. Jesus values children and they are always welcome in His presence. He does not judge based on status or power, He looks at the heart. And Jesus loves the open, honest, eager hearts of children.
Following Jesus, Redeemer Redmond welcomes children as a part of our congregation and values them as people made in God’s image with great capacities to bring glory to God. As they learn and grow in God’s word, we invite them to trust and love God as their Heavenly Father, we nurture them in loving community, and we train them in the truth of the Bible in age appropriate ways.
Redeemer’s Sunday School ministry is the way we partner with families to share the grace of Jesus with children. As a young church, we have many young families with children. And there are many more in our community - over 5000 enrolled in elementary schools in the Redmond area. Many of these children and their families are in need of the hope of God’s love. These young people have great potential to change the city, and the world, for Christ.
Sunday School class information
- Kindergarten to 5th Grade
- 9:15-10:15 on Sundays
- September – May
Redeemer is passionate about reaching young people with the grace of Jesus Christ. We want teens to understand all that God has done for them in Jesus and not carry around a burden of working hard, trying to measure up to make God pleased with them. God IS already pleased with them because of who they are in Jesus. Knowing that changes everything.
Jesus’ transforming grace in a teen’s life grows their desire for God’s word - to know it, and to make it real in their own lives. His grace matures and gives perspective, strengthening relationships in the family and the church. It gives the confidence to reach out to others in His name and with His love.
Redeemer knows that parents make the biggest impact on their kids. Even in the teen years, the most influential teaching and coaching happens at home. Because of that, we always want to encourage families to see themselves as the primary disciplers of their children. Our youth events and activities will take a low-key approach; we are here to support you.
That support is evident in the commitment that the Redeemer family makes to every teen who comes through our doors.
- Before services on Sundays, there’s a class just for youth (Grades 6-12), where teens hear Bible teaching and get guidance and instruction that is practical and relevant to their lives.
- We invite youth to join the life and ministry of our church by participating in Community Groups and serving on ministry teams.
- We sponsor fun monthly activities that are great for inviting friends, like going to a snow park or playing bubble soccer with another youth group.
- We give our teens the chance to serve the community as a group through outreach adventures, as well as an annual missions trip where our youth experience a different culture and grow in their ability to share the love of Christ in word and deed with others.
These are important years, and Redeemer wants to help families equip and motivate our youth to be ministers of the gospel, secure in His love and grace, ready and eager to do His kingdom work.
Redeemer’s Adult Discipleship Program is based on the Scriptural pattern that Jesus used in order to evangelize, establish, and equip His followers so that they may be leaders in sharing the kingdom of God with others. Therefore, Redeemer has established four “foundational classes” that we believe are necessary for spiritual growth in all believers. We also provide a selection of spiritual growth opportunities called “gospel intensives” that are taught by a mentor-teacher.
These are offered during Sunday School.
Identity Mapping Ministry
Identity Mapping is a discipleship path that enables Christians to fulfill their life calling because they are convinced that God delights in them. Through a two hour listening session with an Identity Mapping leader, one-on-one sessions with coaches, and Bible studies and quarterly dinners, small groups of men and women learn how they are equipped to uniquely reflect God’s glory to the world. Identity Mapping is different from other spiritual formation approaches in its holistic approach to Christian discipleship: it is intensely personal and intentionally communal; it is deeply reflective and thoroughly practical. By year’s end each participant has looked deeply at his or her unique design within the context and with the support of Christian community. And each participant has recognized the centrality of the gospel and biblical theology in understanding his or her identity and the life-giving roles and responsibilities God has given him or her.
Past class participants describe the ID cohort experience like this:
"Identity Mapping is a multifaceted course purposed to help individuals discover the wonder of their own individuality. Personal interview, class time, private coaching sessions and small group discussion integrate to help people of all backgrounds learn what makes each of them unique. The fusion of text, personal interview and classroom teaching drives biblical truths home and causes a holy wrestle with new thoughts that are maturing and faith building. Classroom conversations and dinners add to the discovery as well. Speaking, naming, listening, reflecting - all integral to the process.
"It has been a very beneficial tool for me -- helping unlock and reveal self to self as created by God. I have been challenged to LOOK at ME in the context of ME as I interact with ME in my private world. How empowering and staggering to realize that no one but me is in this particular spot. No one else can have jurisdiction over this magical, mysterious space inside my skin. No one can be me, but me. No one can reflect God like me, but me. No one can have the relationship with God that I have, but ME. Whether a believer or not, young or old, delving into this space is like stepping on holy ground. The space of particularity where God and man intersect is sacred." - Amy
"Identity Mapping is a year-long journey of discovering yourself more fully as God’s workmanship. Its combination of guided discovery, study, self-evaluation, community interaction, and personal coaching enables deep growth and change. Profoundly biblical yet very real to my life, it has led me to see myself more clearly, to embrace both the beauty and brokenness of me (my this-ness), and to understand the fullness of God’s call on my life. In a word, it’s transformative." - Mike
Women's Bible Study
Join us at our Women's Bible Study! Flexible options available. AM and PM groups meet biweekly on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Contact Jenny Dorsey (email@example.com) for more details.
Tuesday Morning Group 10-11:30am @ Jenny's
Thursday Evening Virtual Group on Google Groups
Redeemer’s men gather weekly to discuss Scripture, to support each other, and to pray for each other. These informal gatherings are open to all men and happen every week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Tuesdays: 6:00am, Lynnwood, WA (contact Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details)
- Wednesdays: 6:30am at Victor’s Celtic Coffee Company, 7993 Gilman Street, Redmond, WA 98052
For more information, contact John (email@example.com).
Redeemer Church greatly appreciates the role and value of trained professional counselors, and we encourage Redeemer members and non-members to consider using such services, when needed. To make this available to everyone, the Deacons have established a Redeemer Counseling Fund for members needing assistance with counseling expenses. The Deacons also have a list of recommended professional counselors for people to consider.
At the Redeemer Men’s Retreat men of all ages – young and old – gather in the beauty of God’s creation to relax with great food, fun, and worship.
For fun, there are sporting activities and games like chess and programming contests. And, of course, there is time for worship, and heart to heart talks as men, and committing ourselves afresh and anew to follow Jesus and fight for mercy and justice, and our marriages and families.
The purpose of Redeemer's annual Men's Retreat is to deepen our friendships, to grow in our calling as godly men, and to step forward into our common cause as Christ's church. We especially encourage father's to bring their sons (13 years and older) and mentors to bring the young men they are mentoring.
2018 Date: TBD
Join us for a time to get away, be refreshed, fellowship, and learn. Our annual women’s retreats are rich times of sharing our lives with each other. At our annual retreat we hear the stories of women in our church, and get to see who they really are. We are invited to know and be known, to apply the gospel to every story and every situation in life, to lean on one another and thus find strength for tomorrow.
2018 Date: TBD
Membership At Redeemer
The essence of Christianity is community in Jesus Christ and through Jesus Christ. People grow through long-term covenant relationships with a community of people, learning to forgive, learning how to stay in relationship. Every believer is part of the church as organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can you be part of the church as organization, as a gathered community.
To become a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called "a covenant". A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society, according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship, church membership, etc. are all relationships of accountability.
Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organization. Most organizations see their members as consumers, the ones whom the organization serves. But in the church, membership means ministry and service; to be a member at Redeemer means moving beyond being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others.
Discovering Redeemer Weekend Seminar
The path to becoming a member starts with Redeemer’s Discovering Redeemer weekend seminar. This seminar is offered regularly throughout the year. Hosted at Pastor Jason and Jenny Dorsey’s apartment, the seminar begins on Friday evening from 6:00 – 9:00 pm to begin digging into the information. Then on Saturday morning, everyone regroups at the Dorseys from 9:00am to noon for brunch and to complete reading through the Discovering Redeemer material.
Discovering Redeemer is designed to provide you with information about Redeemer and the opportunities for you to become involved in ministry. It is also designed to answer some common questions about what it means to be a believer in Christ, what it means to be a part of a Presbyterian Church (PCA), and what it means to be a member of Redeemer in particular.
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