The Big Shift

After careful consideration, the Branches board has made the decision that it is time for Branches to take a step forward. To be bold. And really live into one of our five words - risky.

As many of you know, there has been an ongoing conversation as to what the future of Branches will look like. There are many elements involved in the answer to that question, but one of the most pressing was where we will gather as a community. Our home at BluWoods has been spectacular. It has treated us so well and been a place of profound holiness, peace, and nourishment.

But to keep moving forward in a healthy, vibrant, and responsible way, it’s been decided that it is time for a change. This decision was birthed from a number of factors, with perhaps the most notable of them all being the results from the survey we held a few months back. We learned that people were more attached to the time of the gathering than they were the space we gathered in.

Given that staying in our old building likely required a shift in time, this led us to pursuing the option of a new location that would give us the same gathering time.

And this led to The Porch.

The Porch is a church located on Broadway just north of Kendall Yards in Spokane’s West Central Neighborhood. You can find their address below. We have had a healthy partnership with them in the past. They also happen to meet at 5pm. Which means meeting at 10am is open and available. Initially this option ran into the problem of their childcare room being too small. But recently they were given permission from the city to remodel one of their bigger rooms. This newly remodeled room will provide our Twigs program with enough space.

The new room, the 10am slot being open, and a significant decrease in rent made The Porch just about as perfect an option as we could imagine.

So what does all this mean?

Branches will be moving. And the timeline looks a bit like this.

August 12 - Talk Vision. We’ll meet at The Porch at 10am to discuss what Branches looks like within this new context. We’ll have a community wide conversation. Vision will be developed. Emily from The Porch will join us to discuss this.

August 19 - Normal service at The Porch. We’ll feel it out and let the new normal settle in.

August 26 - Final Sunday up north. We’ll share memories and celebrate what we’ve had at the BluWoods building.

September 2 - Move the Things. Labor Day Weekend Sunday will be an all-hands-on-deck move of supplies and materials to the new building. A time for all of us to really take ownership of this new start!

September 9 - We Begin Again! First official Sunday at our new location.

We understand that this is a big shift. A healthy mix of excitement and worry is okay - and probably even healthy! We are so excited to be in all of this with you. If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to contact either Mike or The Board.

 

The Porch Address - 1804 W Broadway Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

 

mike@wearebranches.com

theboard@wearebranches.com