Weekly Services with Holy Communion
Sundays at 8:30am and 11:00 am
Summer hours 8:30am and 10:30am (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend)
Beautiful Savior is located at 12513 E. Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver WA 98683. We are about 1/2 mile east of the intersection of Mill Plain Blvd and Chkalov. Next door to us you will see a Kaiser Permanente clinic and across the street a McGrath’s Fish House restaurant. Parking is available in the church parking lot. Map & Directions
Worship at BSLC is designed for each individual to connect with God and for us to connect with God as a community. Services include both traditional hymns and more contemporary hymns. A printed worship folder guides us through the order of service, making it easy to follow along. We join in Holy Communion each week. Most worshipers dress casually for Sunday services. It is common to see people in jeans, shorts, casual shirts and T-shirts. Some people prefer to dress more formally.
Children are welcome during worship services! Worshipping as a family and modeling the practice of faith is one of the best gifts we give our children. Each service includes the Children’s Sermon and there are coloring books and crayons to borrow while at church. Children five and under are also welcome in the Nursery where staff care for children while their parents worship.
More on Worshipping with Children (because they are important to us!)
Wondering how you might help our youngest worshipers in worship? (Which means you are helping their adults, too).
1. Look at them warmly, with soft eyes (especially when they are having the hardest time).
2. Before worship, invite them to sit by you.
3. Help them find their way to the parts that are built into worship purposely to engage whole bodies. Singing, making art, holding and sharing milestones, receiving communion, offering prayers.
4. Actively pray for them and tell them you are doing so.
5. Notice when they share something or engage in a new way–and tell them you noticed.
You can find all sorts of places where everyone in worship is exactly your age. That’s not us. We are better together and we need one another in worship. Doing worship this way means every age will be pushed out of their comfort zone. Sometimes that’s challenging and often it’s when the most gorgeous growth happens. (Credit for all these thoughtful words goes to Rachel Kurtz in an original post on the Humble Walk congregation Facebook page)
All who hunger for God’s grace and healing are welcome to come to the altar and receive Holy Communion. In this holy meal, Jesus is present to feed and strengthen us. When you come to the altar you may either kneel or stand. The wine will be offered to you from the Common Cup, which symbolizes our unity in Christ. Or, if you prefer, you may take an individual glass from the Communion tray in the center of the aisle as you come forward. The clear plastic glasses in the inner ring of the tray contain dark grape juice. Children are invited forward with their families to receive either Communion or a blessing. If you are unable to walk to the altar, Communion will be brought to you at your seat.
We have a prayer labyrinth behind our building for use by members and community members who want some time for reflection and prayer.
Each Sunday during worship flowers are placed on the altar in memory or in honor of someone. If you’d like to sign up to donate altar flowers please call the church office or sign up for a specific date on the chart that is posted next to the office. Please have the flowers to church by 8:15am.
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Snow days and cancellations: We do our best to stay open at all times. However there are times when the weather conditions dictate that it is not safe to drive and in that case we will close. We follow the following guidelines:
The office is closed when we determine that it is not safe for staff to come in due to road conditions. The Pastor makes this call.
Wednesday nights: Due to the fact that Wednesday Night at Church and Lenten evening services include the whole congregation which includes families and individuals who live here in Vancouver as well as the hills of Washougal, Battle Ground and Camas the policy is if the school districts are closed so are we. These decisions must be made early in the day so that all staff and volunteers know in advance what is happening.
Sunday Mornings: We do our very best to never cancel a worship service. If the weather/roads are deemed to be unsafe (as in the case with an ice storm last year) then we will be closed. That decision is made through consultation with the Pastor, Worship Leadership Staff and the Council President.
The best way to stay informed is as follows: Call the church office, check our Facebook page and look for a church wide e-blast in your inbox that will give the latest up to the moment information. We also have a new “Call-Em-All” system that will be in use if we need to cancel a worship service. Again, our goal is safety for all and so we thank you for understanding when we need to close.