Emmanuel and The Episcopal Church have been part of the Mercer Island community since 1909. Almost from the very beginning, we have provided space in our buildings and on our grounds for community groups. All have shared some combination of our values of spiritual growth, education, and creativity, as well as our commitment to making our community and our world a better place to be. The organizations here each play a role in meeting the needs of children and adults on Mercer Island and beyond.
PATTI'S PLAY CENTER
Patti’s Play Center provides a nurturing and well-supervised social environment where children are encouraged to develop new friendships and explore interests at their own pace. Offering part-time childcare programs for 2 – 5 year olds, Patti’s Play Center fills a unique niche. Patti’s is not a daycare or a preschool, but a structured play center designed to both prepare young children for their first preschool experience, and complement an older child’s preschool schedule. Patti’s Play Center was founded more than 20 years ago to provide affordable, convenient, part-time childcare for 2 – 5 year olds. Patti’s Play Center continues to be a cornerstone of the Mercer Island preschool community, and prides itself on its family atmosphere. Lead by Cathy Jankovich, the teaching staff is known for their warmth and caring. Patti’s is a non-profit organization that is run by a Board of parent volunteers and adheres to the State of Washington Daycare Standards.
YOUTH THEATRE NORTHWEST
Youth Theatre Northwest (YTN) is a school, theatre, and home for children and families. At Youth Theatre Northwest, children and young adults explore the depths of their creativity and experience the thrill of live performance. Through the magic of theatre, YTN helps young people find their “inner light” of self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity, and leadership. In addition to housing the YTN staff offices, our Parish Hall will be YTN’s primary theatre space beginning in 2015. During the school year, YTN classes meet after school at Emmanuel.
EMMANUEL DAY SCHOOL
Emmanuel Day School is an independent, non-profit preschool that serves children ages 2 yrs/9 mths to 6 years. EDS offers several different programs for preschool children. The morning 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s classes, taught in English, are specifically designed to be a gradual progression in learning. This curriculum gradually shifts to prepare students for the more structured environment of Kindergarten.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 457
Weekly Meetings at Emmanuel in the Narthex. Founded in 1952 as a troop dedicated to helping boys develop into well-rounded citizens with a love for nature, country, and a sense of commitment to serving their fellow man. Troop 457 strives to maintain an active program that emphasizes citizenship, service to the community, outdoor activities, physical fitness, leadership skills, camaraderie and fun. Visit the Troop 457 website »
PROVIDENCE HOSPICE GRIEF SUPPORT
A Partner/Spousal Loss Support Group meets the first Saturday of every month at Emmanuel: 10:00AM–11:30AM. It’s a monthly drop-in group for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner in the past year. Registration not required. More information: 206.749.7702.
The Grief Support Services Program at Providence Hospice of Seattle offers supportive and educational opportunities that recognize the innate resilience of the human spirit. We acknowledge each individual’s natural strength to grow and learn from the experience of grief ~ and this belief underlies each program offering. Visit the Providence Hospice of Seattle website »
A weekly meeting at Emmanuel: Thursdays at 7:30PM in the Library on the first floor of the main building. Other area meetings listed on The Greater Seattle Intergroup website. Bill W., the founder of A.A., credited the Rev. Sam Shoemaker, an Episcopal priest, as a key source of the ideas underpinning Alcoholics Anonymous: “It was from Sam Shoemaker that we absorbed most of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, steps that express the heart of AA’s way of life. Dr. Silkworth gave us the needed knowledge of our illness, but Sam Shoemaker had given us the concrete knowledge of what we could do about it, he passed on the spiritual keys by which we were liberated. The early AA got its ideas of self-examination, acknowledgment of character defects, restitution for harm done, and working with others straight from the Oxford Group and directly from Sam Shoemaker, their former leader in America, and from nowhere else.” — Bill Wilson