Kent Hillside Church, an International Church of the Nazarene
|Donna Smith, Point person|
Hillside Church (Kent), an International Church of the Nazarene
The Hillside Food and Clothing Bank is generally open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Clothing is provided free of charge for school-age children and teens. Donations of non-expired, non-perishable food items, and toiletries are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off Tuesdays or Thursdays (10-2) at the Coffee House or Saturdays (9-12), at the Food Pantry, or Sundays, upstairs in the Nursery area.
Beginning early in November, on through mid- December, congregants sign up to bring food for Thanksgiving boxes, or take a name from the Angel Tree, providing a child with a Christmas gift, as they minister to individual students, and their families, at a local elementary school. These two events are coordinated by a member of Hillside Church, who also works at the school, and is assisted by many volunteers.
Over the past few years, Hillside Church has partnered with World Relief-Seattle (WR), a refugee resettlement facility located in Kent. Rooms in the church have been made available for WR meetings, ESL and cooking classes.
A recent collaboration with World Relief is a sewing class for Afghani women. Hillside has provided funding for this project, along with materials, labor and equipment in setting up the classroom. The class instructor is member of their congregation who was able to provide the needed sewing machines. There are also several volunteer sewing-assistants on hand, as well as volunteers providing child-care during this eight-week course. World Relief selected the students, and will also be providing funding for this ministry.
Hillside Church is made up of individuals representing many nations and language groups, working together to impact their community with love, through compassion. They are an International Church, making Compassion a Lifestyle.