Invest in Your Spirit, Mind and Body
Our Christian Principles are defined as love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service. It is these principles that set us apart in all that we do. More than a health provider or a place for children to play, our mission is to engage the entire person—spirit, mind and body—with the goal of leading them to become their best. Through our Christian-based programs, intentional dialogue around these principles serves to equip staff, volunteers and members in living out all that we do.
Our chaplain and Sr. Director of Christian Mission Advancement has been tasked with ensuring that all of the programs of the Clark County family YMCA fit within the mission of the YMCA—it is not enough to teach a child how to swim, we must also teach love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service, to develop young minds so that they may reach their full potential.
Our chaplain provides many Christian Based Programs, group counseling, individual counseling, brief counseling, grief counseling; we have an Online Prayer Box, we provide spiritual direction experiences. These are just some of the many things that we do here at the Clark Y.
Christ at Work
Christ at Work is a group of business owners and CEO’s that come together weekly for fellowship, prayer, encouragement, accountability and growth. We study God’s word and learn how to instill Christ’s teachings into our everyday lives which includes our work lives. Together they examine what it would look like if Christ owned their business and not them. How it would change the way they work with their employees, customers and constituents. There are a number of groups meeting at different times during the week. Ours meets every Friday from 1:30 PM–3 PM at the Clark County Family YMCA.
Y Time: Learn & Play
Chaplaincy works directly with our Y-Time staff in a very intentional way to help them be the best they can be as the work with our kids. Our Y Time staff have completed Advanced Christian Principles Training with the John Maxwell group. This has helped equip the staff to teach our Christian principles to the children in our Y-Time program. On occasion you can find the Chaplain reading stories to the children that call Y Time home while their parents are working out or doing other activities at the Y. Stories range from Dr. Seuss to Shel Silverstein to Bible stories. Come check it out.
Summer Lunch Program
Every summer there are children in our community that go hungry. These are the same kids on the hot lunch program at school and when schools let out for the summer the hot lunch program goes away. Chaplaincy partnered with SHARE and gathered volunteers to help provide free lunch to children in our community in the summer months. In the last 3 years we have feed over 4000 meals to children who would have otherwise gone hungry.
Back to School Backpack Giveaway
Over the past 4 years Chaplaincy has partnered with Rhapsody Church and held the Back to School Backpack Giveaway. We gather donated new backpacks and school supplies and give them away a few weeks before school starts to those in need. It has grown into a huge event. Without Rhapsody’s commitment to this, their willingness and ability to partner with the YMCA we would not be able to do this for our community. This year we gave out 208 backpacks in the first 28 minutes of our annual event.
Prayer Boxes and Team
At the Clark County Family YMCA we have locked prayer request boxes strategically located throughout our facility. These prayers are gathers by our volunteer prayer team. Our team comes together and prays over each and every request. Our Chaplain calls those that wish to be called and check in on them. We have had hundreds of prayer requests come in and could always use additional prayers. If this is something you are feeling called to do please contact our Chaplain for additional information.
Swimming Lessons for Abused Children
The Chaplain at the Clark County Family YMCA wants to support children of severe need or abuse. Research has shown that kids suffering from abuse could be helped through the healing process by the simply act of swimming. Chaplaincy started to raise money so these kids could take swimming lessons. To date we have helped over 200 kids heal through this process along with giving them a great life skill.
Vancouver Civic Leaders and First Responders Prayer Breakfast
The Clark County Family YMCA is the presenting sponsor for the Vancouver Civic Leaders and First Responders Prayer Breakfast. This event draws up to 900 people throughout the Clark County region. Annually where we hear a great keynote speaker and get the opportunity to pray over those we entrust with our well being. Give us an opportunity to thank them for their service.
Rhapsody Church Partnership
Rhapsody Church holds services every Sunday morning from 10 AM–11 AM. Rhapsody Church is an outward focused church that sees the Clark County Family YMCA as its home and wants to positively impact the lives of those that call our “Y” home. If you are looking for a church or just curious, give Rhapsody a try. You can come dressed to work out if you want, the “Y” opens at noon, and you can go right from the service to a group exercise class or workout on your own. Take the kids swimming or enjoy a pickup basketball game. For more information visit Rhapsody Church to see what they are all about.
Holy Yoga is experiential worship specifically created to deepen your connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to combine world class yoga with a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and nonbelievers alike to authentically connect with God. We do this by integrating His Word, prayer, worship and the physical practice of yoga to contemporary and Christian music.