• Faith Episcopal Church, Our mission TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms in North Kitsap
  • Sunday Worship 9:30 am, Fellowship with us following each service.
  • Faith Episcopal Church, Our mission TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms in North Kitsap
  • Sunday Worship 9:30 am, Fellowship with us following each service.
  • Faith Episcopal Church, Our mission TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms in North Kitsap
  • Sunday Worship 9:30 am, Fellowship with us following each service.
  • Faith Episcopal Church, Our mission TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms in North Kitsap
  • Sunday Worship 9:30 am, Fellowship with us following each service.
  • Faith Episcopal Church, Our mission TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms in North Kitsap
  • Sunday Worship 9:30 am, Fellowship with us following each service.
  • Faith Episcopal Church, Our mission TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms in North Kitsap
  • Sunday Worship 9:30 am, Fellowship with us following each service.
  • Faith Episcopal Church, Our mission TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms in North Kitsap
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Partnership with Fishline

Fishline image0 1Faith, Poulsbo’s Partnership with Fishline Foodbank: Faith Episcopal Church in Poulsbo has partnered with our local foodbank, Fishline, to offer showers, food, and clothing to those in need. We started this ministry in July of 2021, coincidently when the Northwest was in an unprecedented heat wave. Fishline is a non-profit social services agency serving the North Kitsap community by providing food, emergency services and resources.

By partnering with Fishline, Faith Church is able to offer showers and other services twice a week. Faith, Poulsbo is a small community with a limited number of volunteers and resources. Partnering with a social service agency has enabled us to provide needed services we could not provide on our own. Fishline is happy to have space and shower facilities to offer their clients, and Faith Church receives the joy of having their facilities used for the greater good of the community.

 

Fishline image0 2In the beginning Fishline staff and trained volunteers operate the shower program at Faith with Faith volunteers opening the facility and staying on the premises while Fishline was in the building since Faith volunteers had Safeguarding God’s Children training to comply with the diocese’s safety rules. Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island reached out to us asking how they could help with the shower program and ended up hosting a Safeguarding God’s Children training for the Fishline staff and volunteers as well as a few of their own members and Faith’s members. Grace Church also made a generous donation to Faith to assist with installing a washer and dryer for use by Fishline clients and other people in need in our community. Unity Church, which shares some space with Faith, has also gotten involved by supplying additional volunteers.

Fishline shower and laundry 600x776This ministry currently involves a social service agency (Fishline) and three churches (Faith Episcopal Poulsbo, Unity of North Kitsap, and Grace Episcopal Bainbridge). My hope is that this partnership continues to grow and by working together we can offer more services to the community.

Fishline image1 2Volunteers are needed to keep the program going. Fishline provides the volunteers while Faith provides the facilities. There are two–three volunteers on site helping to manage and clean the showers, as well as sorting and handing out clothing and snacks. We are also looking for a barber or hair stylist who is willing to provide haircuts occasionally.

If there was one thing that we really wanted others in the diocese to know about our ministry, it would be that churches can be more effective and offer more services focused on real needs by partnering with community social services who have experience and knowledge of your community. Don’t go it alone or try to guess what is most needed. Connect with your community experts and find out what is truly needed and start there.

Fishline image2We encourage all church communities to look at their local community service providers and considering partnering with others who have the skills, knowledge, and need. There is tremendous benefits to coming together and working as one.

“Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction.”

― C.S. Lewis

 

 


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