Epic Life’s Community Involvement seeks to facilitate opportunities for God’s love, justice and mercy to be made tangible in North Seattle through His people in the context of relationships, pursued on the foundation of Church training and partnership.
Scripture teaches us that faith without works is dead (James 5:16), that the second greatest commandment given by Jesus is to love your neighbor as yourself (Lk 22:39) and that we were created with specific gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit to serve and build up others (Eph 4:12). Just as Christ modeled his love by becoming flesh and dwelling among us to make salvation known (Jn 1:14), we now have the mandate as Christians to embody Christ’s love to others in tangible, holistic ways. This journey begins right in our own families, backyards, sidewalks and streets.
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.” – Teresa of Avila
The Giving Room
This is Epic Life’s food bank, open on Mondays 9:30 – 12:45pm. The Giving Room exists to be God’s extended arms to embrace, build up and provide for our neighborhood in their physical, relational and spiritual needs. We seek to be prayerfully present with those on the margins, with an openness both to be personally transformed by these relationships and to be used by God to bring our neighbors closer to His heart, one step at a time. We offer food, friendship, prayer, a door into safe community.
We partner with Northgate Elementary, a beautifully diverse local school that also has great needs (24% are classified as homeless, 77% are on free or reduced lunch). We seek to share in God’s concern for students, families and teachers by building relationships and by meeting practical needs throughout the year.
The Aurora Garden
This is a space open for God to encounter people through tangible beauty, hospitality & community. Previously host to an abandoned building used as a crack house, the space in its transformed state is used to host various community gatherings, from Aurora businesses to neighbors. It’s located right next to Cicada Tattoo on Aurora Ave N, near N 104 th St.
This is not just another category but a foundation of our mission. We are just one thread in a larger tapestry that God is weaving in Seattle, and we are blessed to be involved with other Churches and non-profits as we work toward a common vision that Jesus describes when He prays: “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me” (Jn 17:22). Currently our partnership efforts find their expression in a weekly North Seattle pastors gathering, an annual joint worship service, joint community service opportunities, and ongoing exploration of further collaboration. We are grateful for the work that Light Up the City does to support the work of partnership and are proud to be a part of their network encompassing the greater Seattle area.
“All who serve, serve life. What we serve is something worthy of our attention, of the commitment of our time and our lives. Service is not about fixing life, outwitting life, manipulating life, controlling life, or struggling to gain mastery over life. When we serve, we discover that life is holy. Service is closer to generosity than it is to duty. It connects us to one another and to life itself. When we experience our connectedness, serving others becomes the natural and joyful thing to do. Over the long run, fixing and helping are draining but service is renewing. When you serve, your work itself will sustain you, renew you, and bless you, often over many years. The best definition of service I have come across is a single word, BELONGING. Service is the final healing of isolation and loneliness. It is the lived experience of belonging.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
For more information or to explore how you can participate,
email our Community Involvement Coordinator, Grace Lane.