Bursting at the Seams North Cascade Church Grows From Beginners to Youth

December 01, 2006 | Lisa Knudsen

The North Cascade Church is growing and starting to burst at the seams! The beginners/cradle roll class recently welcomed its 34th regularly attending member.

Leader Joan Smith has more than 40 years of experience teaching beginners, with 31 of those years at North Cascade. She has a large collection of props for the children to enjoy, from little backpacks filled with sandwiches and water to take hiking to a glow-in-the-dark moon and stars for each little one to hold. Each item teaches the children about the wonderful world that God has provided for them.

“I’ve always loved the little ones,” Smith said, and explained that she began teaching beginners when she was in academy.

This fall the church also opened its new Youth Center in the recently purchased property adjacent to the current church building. High school students have a place to go to talk, worship, play music, and spend time together learning more about Jesus. This 5-acre plot will also provide space for future church growth.

Youth taskforce co-pastors Nick Snell and Filip Milosavljevic are studying the Bible with several students from Skagit Adventist School, and have made community outreach their main focus.

Yes, our church is bursting at the seams with growth from beginners to youth. What an exciting time!