A New Ground Bothell Christmas

Through the New Ground Bothell Ministry, we have the amazing opportunities to help young mothers and their babies begin to create their new lives and during this time of the year, their new Christmas traditions.

At New Ground Bothell (NGB), young mothers with children 3 years or younger have a chance at a new beginning. The young families can stay in the apartments for up to 18 months while receiving coaching on interviewing for jobs, parenting, budgeting and many more workshops.

The Bothell UMC, NGB Ministry, creates Welcome Baskets to bring a touch of home to the young ladies as they move in and start their new beginnings.

A new Welcome Basket that was delivered to New Ground Bothell

For many of the moms, this will be their first Christmas on their own. This is their first opportunity to create traditions and new memories.

Think back to when your family’s Christmas traditions took root. Think back to when you cooked Christmas dinner for your family for the first time. When you bought your first Christmas tree and all those precious homemade ornaments that you look forward to pulling out and putting on the tree every year.

Think back to baking Christmas cookies to share with family and friends.

The Welcome Baskets give the young mothers, a starting off point to create memories. Baking sheets… spatulas… baking dishes… plates… mixing bowls. (A full list of all the Welcome Basket items is available on the NGB Donation Box by the front door of the church)

Christmas is a beautiful union of our memories and traditions of our Christmases Past and all the hope and anticipation of Christmases to come.

As a community, we have the amazing opportunity to help these young families create new memories they will be able to share for generations.

There are many ways you can help New Ground Bothell; primarily through donations. Below is a current list of the items needed to make complete Welcome Baskets:

– 12” non-stick skillets

– Baking dishes (casserole style)

– Washcloths (set of 2)

– Bath towels (set of 2)

– Shower curtains

– Shower curtain rings

– Bath mats

– Laundry baskets

– Full size bedding sets

– Monetary donations are also welcomed. Please indicate New Ground Bothell when making a monetary donation.

Please note – we can only accept new items and only the items listed above.

Thank you for your continued generous support of New Ground Bothell! If you have any questions, please contact Carol at redsophia2000@hotmail.com

Local and Global Offering for Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve offerings from 2017 will be shared between two ministries that Bothell United Methodist Church is connected to.

Locally, our offering will go to New Ground Bothell which supports previously homeless women and their babies. You can read several more articles about our work with New Ground Bothell on our blog.

Watch this video to learn more:

Our global partner in ministry is with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the humanitarian arm of the United Methodist Church that does relief domestically and internationally after disasters. They are highly rated as a relief organization by consumer reports and other charity sites. Learn more by watching this video: https://youtu.be/Y6t9UrA8qbE

Thank you for your Christmas Eve offerings in support of these two organizations.


Summer 2017 Invitation for Community Engagement!

Please read below for some continuing and some brand new opportunities for engaging in solutions to the problems in our communities. Construction, feeding, serving, painting, folding, sorting, cooking, driving, traveling are the various skills and interests needed. Grab a friend, sign up and we’ll continue our work to become Christ in the community!

Threads & Treads – Provides clothing to families of Northshore School District. Sorting, hanging, organizing clothing on various dates throughout the summer.


Bothell Community Kitchen (BCK)– Serving food for 50+ people every Sunday night at 5pm. Like to cook, but aren’t sure how to do that for BCK? Contact BCK@Bothellumc.org and someone will talk to you about it! You can also sign up to serve food, clean tables or do prepwork in the kitchen.


New Ground Bothell – Welcoming young moms out of homelessness and into transitional housing. Drivers are needed for grocery store runs.


UMCOR West – United Methodist Committee on Relief – Come with a team of 10 people in October for a week in Salt Lake City preparing disaster relief kits. Let Kristin know your interest by mid-July to start planning!

school pack assembly sam and faye 2015

Community Serve Day – Sunday, August 20th from 9am – 1pm, sign up with your family and friends or the person sitting next to you on Sundays to work in the schools preparing for the new school year!

If you have construction, painting, electrical, drywall, plumbing or any building skills, please contact Kristin to hear about an upcoming opportunity for connectional ministry with a local United Methodist Church! Stay tuned for exciting details!!

Winter Shelter – People who are living outside will have an opportunity to be inside in the Winter Shelter that will be located in Kenmore in October and will move each month to a different congregation in Lake City and Shoreline. This is the Winter Shelter that we will be supporting. Your planning skills are needed now, contact Nancy at nanted@comcast.net! Stay tuned for how you can help this coming Fall and Winter by helping to host and prepare meals for about 30 people. This is in partnership with the Kenmore Bothell Interfaith Group.

If you would like to lead a ministry or gather more people to talk about how to engage in the community on any particular issue, or if you would like to know more about any of these opportunities to engage in the community, please contact Kristin@BothellUMC.org

  • Submitted by Kristin Joyner


New Ministry -New Ground Bothell

This video shows several people who are called to work with young mothers.

I’m Jeff Staley, I feel called to work with homeless youth because of the words of Jesus where he said “the birds of the air have nests, but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” So, the biblical tradition, the Jesus tradition is founded by a person who was deeply committed to homeless people and spent a fair amount of his time wandering around without a home.

Hi, I’m Cynthia. God has nurtured the child in me and given me a passion to work with children and youth from my career in child welfare services and also from experiencing the loss of a sister and brother-in-law leaving my nephews, 4 nephews, without parents. This has also driven me to work for the well-being of children. We may not see the youth who are homeless, who are living in parks, on the street, maybe in doorways. I see them when I go to work, wrapped up in a blanket, maybe their back is bare, trying to shelter another person. But these youth need someone to advocate for them and I would like to join that group.

Hi, my name is Sylvia Cunningham. I was 5 when I saw a homeless person for the first time, in a New York subway. What struck me at that time was that this woman appeared to be invisible to everyone except for me. This experience made a tremendous impact on me and continues to inform my faith journey even today. If there is one thing I know for certain it’s that I am responsible to help those who are less fortunate than I am. The fact is, a large percentage of homeless young people are homeless because it is simply not safe for them to be at home. We have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of some of these young people, and I’m looking forward to being a part of this new relationship.

My name is Lori and I feel inspired to help support New Ground Bothell. That is a local organization, a local site where they have 14 apartments to house young mothers who are homeless, and their child. What we’re going to do is provide “Welcome Baskets” that have the basics that the girls need when they move in: new sheets, new comforters, just a few pots & pans and dishes. And, one of the things I see that doing is that the Social Worker who is assigned to these apartments can now, instead of shopping for those items, she can spend her time counseling these young women.