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From news and announcements to events and serving opportunities,
find out what’s happening at Westminster.
Members of the Westminster community are welcome to submit material for publication.

  1. Articles & Resources : 2021 All Church Mini-Retreat

    All Church Mini-Retreat at Camp New Hope
    Saturday, May 15, 9:00am-12:00 noon 
    Theme: “One Anothering: Century 1 and Century 21” 

    What does it mean to be the beloved community that God desires In the 21st century? What can we learn from Jesus and from the 1st century church about building ”one another”? Join us for a fun morning for all ages that will include games, crafts, and interactive worship in the lovely outdoor setting of Camp New Hope. You may choose to extend your day by purchasing a box lunch to enjoy afterward, and we hope to also offer a couple of hike options in the afternoon.  Register now or contact Marietta Wynands, Director of Christian Education.


  2. Articles & Resources : God’s Good Creation, a Summer Mission eXperience for Children

    God’s Good Creation, a Summer Mission eXperience for Children

    June 28 – July 2, 9:00am – 12:00pm on the Westminster Campus

    Register your children (rising K–6th grade) for an exciting week on Westminster’s expansive outdoor campus as we learn how God calls us to join with God’s good creation in ending hunger! We’ll celebrate the gifts that God has created – gifts that can help build a world where all are fed. Through fun skits, Bible stories, crafts, simulation, and recreation stations, campers will grow in faith as they play, learn, and work toward ending hunger in their community and around the world.  God’s Good Creation is about hunger and hope. We will practice strict safety and cleaning protocols. Maximum capacity is 32 children. Register now!

    Contact:  Marietta Wynands, Director of Christian Education


  3. Articles & Resources : Faith Formation @Home: Holy Week & Easter

    A Playlist for Your  Family’s Holy Week & Easter Journey

    Enter into the story of Jesus’ journey from darkness into the joyful light of Easter morning by choosing some of these activities. 

    God’s Big Easter Story – a Holy Week Journey:  Simple day-by-day meditations for your whole family.  

    Enjoy a simple recipe for hot cross buns to make and enjoy as a family on Holy Saturday or Easter morning.

    Make a butterfly craft using items you likely have at home. 

    Children: Watch a Godly Play video ~ Jesus is Risen and Appears to Mary Magdalene

    Youth and Adults​: Watch this creative, contemplative reading of the Easter story as told from John 20. What words or images stir in you as you hear and see it?

    Engage in these resurrection practices during the season of Easter. Did you know Easter is more than one day? The Easter season is seven weeks long! Resource from Traci Smith

  4. Articles & Resources : NEW: Workshop to Discuss and Understand Racism

    Westminster Allies Workshop

    Mondays, April  19 – May 17 at 7:00pm

    Race and cultural diversity are part of everyday American life. The complex and dynamic realities of every individual walking around on this planet is constantly pushing and challenging against a greater responsibility – to walk in the light that Jesus intended for us.

    Talking about race can bring up feelings of discomfort, shame, fear, and confusion. Westminster affirms the obligation to Christ to actively participate in the work required to challenge and dismantle racism. Led by Stacy Whiteknight, the Westminster Allies Workshop will be an interactive workshop-style class providing a brave space to learn, explore, and discuss the facets of contemporary racism. At the end of this five-week class you will:

    • Understand the differences between bias, diversity, equity, equality, racism, justice, and so on.
    • Explore “whiteness” and the outcomes and behaviors that cause harm to others.
    • Define concepts of “blackness” and how we see and interact with BIPOC bodies in our world based on a historical stigma.
    • Explore our relationships and how we use our positions of power to oppress others.

    As we understand our roles and contributions to white supremacy, this brave space provides the opportunity to create a solid baseline of understanding. Whether these concepts are new to you, or you consider yourself an ally or activist, all are welcome to participate and contribute in this space. By attending this class at Westminster, you will find a supportive community where we champion a humble and curious approach to pave an actionable path to pursue social justice. Register now

    About the FacilitatorStacy Whitenight is actively engaged in antiracist work between work and community. In addition to facilitating this class, she leads a Latina Women Leadership chapter, co-hosts the Bossy Bees podcast, and is a commissioner for the City of Durham Human Relations Board.


  5. Articles & Resources : Holy Week at Westminster

    “From Palms to Passion ~ Join the Journey,” Sunday, March 28, 1:00-3:00pm (floating), Westminster Campus
    On the liturgical calendar, the Sunday before Easter is known by two titles: Palm and Passion Sunday. This day begins with the bright exuberance of processions and palms, yet shifts rapidly to the shadows of Jesus’ journey to his death by crucifixion. On Palm/Passion Sunday, come to the Westminster campus any time between 1:00 and 3:00pm where you will find a number of outdoor stations to help you reflect on the stories of Holy Week. Each will offer a brief Scripture, a question for reflection, and a simple activity. A guide for young children will also be offered so the whole household can participate together. Bring new socks and underwear for men, women, and children for donating to Urban Ministries of Durham. Pick up all of your supplies for Holy Week and Easter at the final station. Those who have trouble walking or are short on time may choose to just drive through and pick up a complete set of supplies at the Preschool entrance. Our program staff and WPC members will be on hand to greet and guide you. We look forward to seeing you! (No sign-up needed)

    Film Discussion: The Mill & the Cross, Palm/Passion Sunday, March 28, 7:00pm  
    This powerful movie focuses on a dozen of the many characters depicted in Bruegel’s painting, “The Way to Calvary.” The theme of Christ’s suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564. Watch the movie ahead of time, then join the online conversation to explore the connections to Christ’s call to follow as we do justice and walk in alignment with the vision of the “Kin-dom” of God.  Sign up now

    Maundy Thursday, April 1, 7:30pm, on YouTube
    Remember the intimacy of the upper room, the Last Supper, the words Jesus gave us, and his final hours on the cross.

    Good Friday Worship, April 2, 12:00pm, Courtyard (limited capacity; sign-up required)  
    Join us for this quiet service of prayer and meditation. Sign up now

    Easter Sunday Events

    Flowering the Cross & Easter Story Stations, 8:15am – 1:00pm (floating), Memorial Garden
    Come adorn the large cross in the Memorial Garden with spring flowers from your yard. Children may follow the path to read ‘Twas the Morning of Easter, filling their Easter basket with a spring surprise at each station! (No sign-up needed)

    Easter Sunday Worship, 8:30am, Courtyard (limited capacity; sign-up required)  
    Worship the Risen Lord with your Westminster family. Sign up now

    Easter Sunday Worship,  11:00am on YouTube  
    Resurrection of the Lord, Communion Sunday, and special music.

    Our 2021 Easter Offering Recipients:  Urban Ministries of Durham & One Great Hour of Sharing
    Urban Ministries of Durham – “UMD” or “the shelter” as it’s often called – at the corner of Queen and Liberty Streets in downtown Durham, provides food, shelter, clothing, supportive services and hope to some of the neediest in Durham. In keeping with Westminster’s focus this year on giving for the most basic community needs, the local portion of the Easter offering will be given to UMD to support its food programs. UMD now serves three “to-go” meals each day to over 700 brothers and sisters in Durham. UMD hopes to re-open its Cafe soon for in-person dining. When COVID restrictions are lifted, UMD’s Food Pantry will also re-open and resume offering the opportunity for an individual or family to shop (once per month) for their food needs. In the year before the pandemic struck, UMD’s Food Pantry served nearly 500 families.

    Half of the Easter offering will go to One Great Hour of Sharing, an ecumenical effort by the PC(USA) to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

    You may give to the Easter offering on our website or through your myWPC account. Or, text WPCDURHAM Easter and the dollar amount you’d like to give to 73256 to donate using your text messaging (standard rates may apply). You may also mail a check to the church office or drop it in the church’s locked mailbox (next to the parking area by the Courtyard). Be sure to write “Easter Offering” on the memo line.