St. Dunstan’s is situated on approximately 6 acres of land. There are several tended informal gardens, especially near the front entrance, and large wooded areas that are dominated by native plants including douglas fir, western red cedar, Oregon grape, and salal. Visitors are often surprised by the beauty and size of the grounds and find it a refreshing oasis while still very close to Seattle. There is a St. Francis statue south of the main entrance and a large wood carving by the artist Dudley Carter a bit further along the same path.
The building itself, opened in 1959, was actually built to the requirements of a fallout shelter from the long-defunct Civil Defense organization. Besides the sanctuary, narthex and vestibule upstairs, we have a full kitchen, a guild room which provides a wonderful meeting place, and the parish office. Downstairs, there are ten meeting rooms used for a variety of purposes including children’s Christian education, Vacation Bible Camp, the music program, and meetings for the community, which include a variety of parish and secular groups, such as piano teachers, twelve-step programs, prayer groups, and Bible study groups.
If you would like to reserve any of the meeting spaces or the sanctuary area, or have a tour of our facility, please contact the church office at 206-363-4319.
On our campus we have a lovely labyrinth that has been created by our own Ben Schiffler. Ben has been an active member of St. Dunstan’s Church for many years, and he and his Boy Scout Troop have graced us with the creation of a labyrinth. This is Ben’s Eagle Scout project, and it took many hours of planning. The labyrinth is located across from the columbarium.
A labyrinth is a sacred journey that involves change, growth, discovery, transformation, and expands our vision of what is possible. We are all on a path in life, and the labyrinth is a model of that path. For centuries it has been used as a meditation and prayer tool.
To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Ben spent many years earning merit badges and doing a great deal of hard work. We congratulate him on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and we thank him for his gift to St. Dunstan’s Church. Job well done Ben, and we are all proud of you and your accomplishment.