For information on becoming involved with any of the ministries,
please contact the church office at (360) 692-9263.
Liturgist – Sings the liturgy as Worship Assistant usually about once every two months.
Scripture Reader – Do you like to read aloud? Would you like to share your gift of reading scripture with the congregation? This ministry gives people the opportunity to read the Sunday scripture lessons at either the first or second service.
Acolyte – This is a youth ministry that assists with our weekly worship. Sunday involvement includes carrying the cross, lighting the altar candles and helping serve communion at either the first or second service. Ages 10-15.
Altar Care – Would you enjoy making our worship space welcoming and inviting? This important ministry prepares the sanctuary space for weekly worship. It involves coordinating and setting up the altar area for weekly services by laying out the cloth paraments (or changing them when seasons change), checking the candles and flowers, and setting up for communion and Baptism (if one is scheduled). Time commitment is one month a year, working with a small team of people.
Usher – Do you have the gift of hospitality and could help people feel welcome on Sunday mornings? We’d like to invite you to be a part of our ushering ministry! Participating in this ministry includes welcoming people as they walk in the doors, handing out bulletins, gathering the offering, and directing people forward for communion at either the first or second service.
Audio Team – Volunteer to assist in the audio controls during worship, and record sermons and readings to be uploaded to the website.
Kids’ Word – A time within our 11am worship service where kids ages 5-7 are invited to go with helpers to have their own space to do a project, sing, and hear a story.
Youth Ministry – In addition to the Confirmation Ministry for 7th-9th graders, we have a growing youth ministry in our congregation that is centered around knowing Christ through meaningful service. We have yearly service trips locally, nationally, and internationally, monthly servant and fellowship events, and a new Youth Team of adults and high schoolers who are expanding the ministry of our 80+ youth in 7th-12th grade.
Kids For Christ (KFC) – KFC is our youth group for 3rd-6th graders. We meet once a month for a fun activity and friends are always welcome.
Sanctuary Choir – Vocal choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm. Sings at either the 8:00 or 11:00am service each Sunday. Open to anyone Junior High age and older.
Alleluia Ringers – Handbell choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 6:45-8:00pm. Plays for services two times monthly: once at 8:00am & once at 11:00am. Open to anyone Junior High age and older. Excellent ministry for those who already read music rhythms. If you haven’t played handbells before, we’ll teach you!
Children’s Chime Choir – Basic hand chimes taught. Rehearses Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. Plays for services, dates will vary. Open to 3rd-6th grade.
Special Music – Sing or play an instrument at either 8:00 or 11:00am service on Sundays as needed. All ages are welcome!
Silverdale Lutheran Preschool – This ministry of Silverdale Lutheran Church assists children to develop spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through the grace of Jesus Christ. Our primary purpose is to provide a happy, healthy learning environment for children as shown in God’s love through Jesus Christ. For children ages 2-5.
Sunday School – Sunday School is a ministry that seeks to provide rich learning opportunities in a safe, welcoming and grace-oriented environment for all youth -members and friends alike. Our curriculum centers on basic Bible stories that lift up the unconditional love of God in Jesus Christ and our call to discipleship. Sunday morning classroom opportunities are scheduled and planned for preschool through high school. This ministry functions during the 9:40-10:40am “education hour” at the church.
Confirmation – This three-year ministry is designed for 7th-9th graders and their families. The purpose of this ministry is to help participants understand their baptismal promise, while fostering growth in personal faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. We meet Sunday mornings from 9:40-10:40am.
Adult Sunday School – This ministry takes seriously the thought that “you never graduate from Sunday School!” We are all called to take an active role in growing in our faith. Bible study, courses and groups equip us for healthy lives and daily discipleship. Sunday mornings 9:40-10:40am there is generally at least one opportunity for adult education for all adult members and friends of the congregation.
Foundations Class – In this class we cover the basics of Christianity from a Lutheran perspective. It is a great class for people who are wondering about the faith, those who would like to refresh their faith and those who would like to become members of SLC via Baptism or Affirmation of Faith.
Manna Bible Study – This ministry provides a mid-week Bible study opportunity for those who would like to “dig a little deeper” into the lessons for Sunday morning worship. This Small Group Bible Study generally meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:45am in Room 4, just prior to the Hearty Meal program, a ministry of SLC. Learners look at the lessons for the upcoming Sunday’s Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons. Opportunity for discussion and fellowship offer a wonderful way to get more out of Sunday morning texts.
Lay School of Theology – The Lay School of Theology is a yearly educational opportunity to learn in-depth about a theological subject, which varies from year to year. Taught by guest speakers.
Community Group Bible Studies – These groups seek to offer authentic Christian community. They typically study the Sunday scriptures and sermon from the Sunday prior to when they meet. The hope is to connect daily life with the Sunday proclamation. In addition to the Bible study, the groups build caring and supportive relationships and pray for each other. These groups are continuing to grow and we can find a Community Group for you!
We also offer other Educational Opportunities throughout the year. Contact the Office or Pastoral Staff at 692-9263 for current education opportunities.
Joy Circle – This ministry welcomes all women of the congregation to join us as we learn from and are encouraged by our monthly Bible studies, discussion, and prayer time. We meet the third Monday of the month at 7:00pm at a members’ home. Through fellowship time we develop friendship bonds that provide support and comfort for each other. Our monthly offerings help support various ministries of the congregation. We welcome new members at any time!
Naomi Circle – This women’s ministry meets the second Tuesday morning of the month in members’ homes. Time is spent in Bible study and fellowship. Offerings are accumulated and donated to a worthy cause.
Esther Circle – This women’s ministry meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30am in Room 4 at the church. Our main emphasis is Bible study. Our circle has been an active part of our church for over 40 years (we are all ages), and we have provided each other with support in our Christian faith through sharing and caring along the way. We LOVE to have new women come and visit and welcome anyone to join us at any time!
Mom’s Circle – Mom’s Circle meets in the Study every Wednesday from 10:45-11:30. Each year a different book is chosen to help moms navigate the waters of motherhood, and to discuss a wide variety of topics. Free child care is provided in the nursery and we always have chocolate (for the moms that is).
Ladies Night Out – Join Pastor Paula and the ladies of SLC the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 for drinks, dinner and conversation. Each night will have a theme for discussion. This is a great opportunity to get to know other women at SLC and just enjoy some “you” time. We meet at various restaurants throughout Kitsap County. Please check the upcoming events or with the office for this month’s location.
Man Date – The Man-Date meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. Each night there will be a topic for discussion, but this is simply a time were guys can come and talk about what ever joys or struggles they are having with faith and life.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast – The Men’s Prayer Breakfast is about being fed with food for the body AND the soul. We pray for those in need, have a short Bible study and breakfast with fellowship together. We meet every Friday morning at 6:30 am at the Silverdale Bowling Alley. All men are welcome to please join us!
Alzheimer’s Support Group – This group meets the first & third Tuesday of every month in the study. Join others who are affected by memory loss of a loved one, in a supporting atmosphere.
Prayer Chain Ministry – SLC has an active Prayer Chain Ministry. It is available whenever there is a need in your family, for a friend, or any prayer concern. All prayer requests are treated with confidentiality. How the Prayer Chain works: The church is notified (by phone, email or Ministry Card) simply stating the prayer concern and request. The office notifies the pastors of the concern and then emails and all participants who are “Pray-ers”. Barb calls a small group of “Pray-ers” who do not have email.
Care Ministry – Care Ministry gives support and assistance to the elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and their families. Non-medical “quality of life” needs of individuals such as transportation, errands, friendly visits and occasional meals are provided free of charge. To become a care-receiver or care-giver:
Silverdale Lutheran Quilters – Quilters meet each Monday from 9:00am-1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. The amount of time each lady is able to devote is up to her! Our quilts go to Lutheran World Relief and are sent wherever there is a need. We can use clean, gently used sheets, drapes, blankets and new materials you may no longer want.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – We prayerfully knit or crochet Prayer Shawls, baby squares (for unborn babies) and baby caps for anyone in the community to comfort and/or celebrate life’s experiences from birth to death. Both the creator of the shawl and those who receive them are reminded of God’s everlasting presence in our lives.
“In Touch” Card Ministry – Do you have a creative “artsy” side? Do you like to make cards and reach out to those who need a word of encouragement? This ministry sends cards to visitors of our church and to all those who need our prayers and encouragement.
Parish Nurse – The Parish Nurse Program, headed by member Lisa Ottenbacher, a retired Navy nurse, began in 2009. She offers once a month blood pressure checks, writes articles on pertinent subjects concerning better health for the parish in the Beacon (monthly newsletter) and the Beaconette (weekly bulletin insert), and at least once a year designs a participatory program to get us more active and exercising!
Labyrinth – The labyrinth, dated back to ancient times, is a way to experience and celebrate their relationship to God, life, and nature through “active” prayer. Silverdale Lutheran is blessed to have a beautiful labyrinth that evokes prayer and meditation on our campus. You are always welcome to come walk the labyrinth to pray, contemplate, or connect with God through active prayer.
Commemorative bricks are available to be placed in the labyrinth. Contact the church office with interest in purchasing a brick.
Olympic Lutherhaven – Lutherhaven is a wonderful picnic, swimming and recreational facility on Wildcat Lake, co-owned by SLC with other local Lutheran churches. We use this site for various fellowship opportunities: Family Camp, All Church Youth Bible Camp, our Annual SLC Picnic, and youth activities like Wednesday evening Bonfire Nights. We participate in work projects to maintain and improve the site. Please consider helping support this great fellowship site or helping plan events held there.
SLC Family Camp – Every summer, SLC families gather for outdoor recreation, crafts, fellowship, campfire experiences and Bible study at our lovely Olympic Lutherhaven on Wildcat Lake, usually known simply as Lutherhaven.
Silverdale Lutheran Church Picnic – A special time in our summer experience when we gather at Olympic Lutherhaven for the annual church picnic. We kick off this great fellowship experience with a brief outdoor worship service, followed by a potluck meal, games (like the Men’s High Heel Fling!), water sports and fun.
Annual Silverdale Lutheran Golf Tournament – Our golf tournament is held every September at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Bremerton. Scramble format allows for fun competition regardless of skill level. Great fellowship opportunity! A barbeque follows the tournament. ALL ARE WELCOME! We look forward to seeing you there.
Church League Softball Team – A great Spring & Summer activity open to both guys & gals-we play other church teams in Kitsap County. Wonderful family fun!
Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County – We have an active participation in this non-profit, non-denominational Christian ministry. Habitat helps those for whom homeownership was only a dream, to build and own their own home. Opportunities abound in this program! You need not know how to wield a hammer; volunteers are needed to provide meals to workers, helpers at any job site are always welcome. You are required to complete a training/orientation prior to beginning. You may visit the website: www.kitsaphabitat.org.
China Mission – Our congregation supports China Connect. CC is working to bring education, nutrition and health care to China. Children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school are able to get an education through the generosity of God’s people. For more information, visit their website at www.chinaconnectonline.org
Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Silverdale Lutheran Church’s involvement with LWR is emphasized by a twice yearly Ingathering of personal toiletries for Health Kits, School Kit items and quilts which are all made by SLC Quilters. These items are shipped to LWR for distribution around the world.
This ministry serves lunch on Wednesdays to those in the community who are on a low or fixed income, those who live alone or those simply needing fellowship! Anyone is welcome and no one is turned away! Two teams of volunteers alternate fixing and serving the meal. Volunteers are always welcome.
Walker Carrier – This ministry provides assistance to men and women in our local communities who use walkers and gives them a carrier to help make their life easier. It doesn’t matter if they are “needy” or rich, it is a gift! We need your help to reach as many people as possible in need. For complete instructions and additional background click below.
walker carrier instructions
Other Outreach Ministries Supported by SLC
Martha & Mary Health Services
Central Kitsap Food Bank (donations taken 1st Sunday of each month)
Living Stones Prison Ministries
Buildings and Grounds Care – We have a large area of landscaping surrounding our facility and two large buildings. This is an excellent ministry opportunity for folks to offer their services and keep beautify their church. There is always a long “to do” list! Jobs can suit participant’s schedules and are not limited to certain days. Activities include periodic maintenance projects, coordinating spring and fall cleaning, painting, and some minor building repairs.
Island Lake Cemetery – ILC is a place of solitude for those family and friends that come to remember their loved ones and often share of their families. Island Lake Cemetery is not exclusively for Lutherans but open to all faiths. We also support the Easter Sunrise Service and Memorial Day Service with the church and the community. Throughout its existence, the Island Lake Cemetery has been operated and maintained by volunteers. Most of the volunteers, in nearly a century of existence, are or have been members of Silverdale Lutheran Church. Like many of the ministries of the church, it takes a lot of HARD work from many people. Not only is this a valued ministry at SLC, but it is an opportunity to learn a great deal of interesting facts about the families that settled in the Central Valley community. Originally named the Island Lake Skandinavian (Scandinavian) Lutheran Congregation Cemetery, it is a five acre parcel located at 12851 Old Military Road, Poulsbo, WA.
Weddings – Silverdale Lutheran Church is happy to conduct weddings on the premises. For more information regarding weddings at Silverdale Lutheran, please contact our wedding coordinator, Deb Buck, at firstname.lastname@example.org