Community Life Hub
Below are some of the ministries, gatherings, and initiatives hubbed out of The Refuge. People connect with The Refuge in all different ways, so feel free to see what part(s) work for you and know you are always welcome. For up-to-date information on what's happening and when, check out our Facebook page and our calendar. For COVID realities, much of our community life has been adapted to virtual and outside and during the summer many of our regular events take a break; See our calendar for details. Email us to learn more about any of these areas of Refuge community life.
Refuge Cafe --- Due to COVID, currently Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. --- Free lunch, coffee, showers, WIFI, advocates, and a safe place to rest. Social worker interns, Mental Health Partner Community Health Workers, and cold weather gear available.
Single Moms Unite (SMU) --- This supportive group for single moms and their children meets at The Refuge one Saturday morning each month, and holds special events and gatherings throughout the year.
Refuge Reads ---Tuesdays, Thursdays 4:30-6 p.m.--- A one-on-one tutoring and literacy program for all ages, especially kids who need help reading, writing, and spelling.
Joshua Station --- Refuge volunteers serve dinner at a transformational housing ministry in downtown Denver on various Thursday nights throughout the year. We always welcome more help!
Personal Care Cabinet --- We stock a small amount of non-perishable food as well as items not covered by SNAP benefits, including essential items, toiletries, pet food, and cleaning supplies.
Outreach & Support
Outreach & Support
Dinner Church - Sundays, 6-7:30 p.m. We eat and sing and share communion together, celebrate milestones, wrestle with the Scriptures, and focus on spiritual formation. Refuge Kids program for nursery and elementary-school-age. For COVID, we are on ZOOM for “Sunday Refuge”, a modified program with the same elements without food.
Contemplation & the Arts --- We host reflective experiences, workshops, art-sharing nights, and other contemplative experiences. Our small chapel is available for use whenever we are open, and spiritual directors are available as part of the North Denver Soul Care Network.
Prayer Circle --- A small, committed group of folks is always praying for current and ongoing requests that get shared during Dinner Church and other Refuge gatherings.
Community & Connection
House of Refuge --- Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. in west Arvada. It's a smaller, open group that includes potluck dinner and spiritual conversations.
#Dogchurch --- Periodic get-togethers for dogs and their owners at various dog parks in the area. Kids welcome!
#NatureHeals --- Group hikes/walks on local trails and contemplative experiences. Once a month, typically on a weekend.
Yoga --- Outdoor special events, see our calendar.
Summer Camp --- For summer, our Sunday night experiences are in a special workshop format around a specific theme and include dinner, community-building, practical skills, social justice and transformation. Childcare for nursery-elementary.
Open 12 Step Group --- Open 12-Step group focused on co-dependency and addictions every other Tuesday from 9-10 a.m.
School of Life --- Monthly workshops on first Saturdays from 9:30-11 a.m., open to all, facilitated by Phyllis Mathis, a therapist and life coach on topics related to personal transformation.
Recovery Advocacy and Support --- We also host other groups and workshops throughout the year and have a recovery advocate who can connect people to local meetings.
Advocates Learning Lab --- Skills, support, and sustainability for people who journey with others in hard places through a trauma-informed lens. Meets on first and third Tuesdays each month from 8:30-10 am. Includes guest speakers, as well as hands-on experiences and soul care.
12 Steps for Anti-Racism Work --- 1st and 3rd Mondays on ZOOM, 7 pm MST. This group is centered around modified 12 Steps for racism recovery and transformation that leads to action.
Learning Parties --- Throughout the year, we host guest speakers on important and challenging topics in the world and in the church.
Social Justice --- We connect with local groups and events that highlight social issues and help raise awareness through our Facebook Page.
Advocacy & Social Justice
Refuge Kids --- Kids and youth are an integral part of all aspects of Refuge community life, including our weekly kids program at Dinner Church, "Something Awesome" special events for tweens, monthly gatherings for T4--Teens, Treats & Tough Topics--and T3-Twenties, Tacos & Tough Topics, in addition to various special events throughout the year.