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  1. News & Articles : Discipleship Resources for Families and Faith Formation at Home

    Consider your household to be a little “school of discipleship.”  As our days turn towards the long green growing-in-faith season of Ordinary Time and summer, consider how you can connect to God, one another, church, and community through this playlist of activities organized around Westminster’s (and Micah’s) invitation to “Do Justice – Love Kindness – and Walk Humbly with our God.”

    WALK Humbly | Exploring who we are as God’s beloved children  

    The Flat Jesus Project:  This summer, more than ever, we need reminders that Jesus is with us wherever we are, whether we are apart or together.   Flat Jesus is inspired by “Flat Stanley,” a fun project that lets the community know where you (and Jesus) are going, what you’re doing, and what is inspiring you!  Download complete instructions attached and email Marietta Wynands or post your pics on the Families of WPC Durham Facebook group!

    DO Justice  | Learning about and engaging with our neighbors

    Let’s Read about Race Together:  Join Marietta in reading some books with our children that help us have challenging conversations about race, how we got here, and steps we can take.

    For Younger Children (ages 4 – 8):  A Story Time Zoom Event, July 8 at 12:00 noon:  Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one Black, one White — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.  This book is unavailable at present, Marietta will share the screen so the children can view an animated reading of the book.

    For Older Elementary or Younger Middle School – Two Book Suggestions:  These selections help us better understand our history.  Let Marietta know if your family is taking up the challenge!  We’ll schedule a Zoom gathering that’s convenient for the group.

    • Leon’s Story, by Leon Walter Tillage.  This book was brought to our attention by Amy Stanfield.  She writes that this book is about “Leon, a boy growing up in rural Wake County (near Fuquay) in the 1950s. There is lots of violence and death in the book yet it still makes for a great middle elementary age read. I wish this book and ones like it were required reading for North Carolina history/social studies. I shudder to think how many more stories like Leon’s are out there, not told.” We agree with Amy. Please read this book ahead of your child, or at least alongside, so that you can be ready for questions and conversations.  Amy has purchased two books for  WPC.  Let me know if you’d like to borrow one, or you can order it here.

    • January’s Sparrow, by Patricia Pollaco.  This book is set further back in time, telling the true story of the horrors and occasional happiness of slave families just before emancipation. Like Leon’s Story, this is a difficult but engrossing, suspenseful story about the Crosswhites, including young Sadie, who flee the Kentucky plantation they work on.  This book is available, used or new at Amazon and other retailers.

    LOVE Kindness |  Deepening connections to church, community, and God

    Taking Faith Home  – download and print for a week of activities around Sunday’s lectionary passages! Contact Marietta to receive the latest issue.

    Choose a Book or Toy Together and Donate to Families Moving Forward 

    Rachel Taylor, the Children’s Services coordinator at Families Moving Forward, says that children’s foam puffy books with pop-out parts are popular and always needed.  They have a wishlist on Amazon, which you can access here.

    Great Resources for Anti-Racism Curated for You

    Excellent Reading-About-Racism Storytime Videos

    Christian Educator Donna Chase, the DCE at First Presbyterian in Greensboro, is doing a summer reading series for children and families on talking about race.  We recommend Donna’s fantastic series, which includes excellent recommendations for parents to do their own work: https://www.fpcgreensboro.org/digital-formation-library/.

    Beyond the Golden Rule booklet, an excellent all-ages resource


  2. News & Articles : Guide for Accessing Westminster’s Social Media Channels

    Facebook

    Here we share information, inspiration, photos, chuckles, and shout-outs. You don’t need a Facebook account to view Westminster’s page, but you do need one to join the conversations, comment, and share our posts.

    Facebook Families Group

    Families at WPC Durham is the church’s Facebook group for families with children and youth still at home. Here our staff shares Westminster’s Christian education activities, learning opportunities, tips for faith formation at home, and much more. It’s also a forum for Westminster families to share resources and ideas and connect outside of Sunday. Families of WPC Durham is administered by Marietta Wynands, our Director of Christian Education.

    A Facebook account is required for you to view posts by group members, join the group, and participate/post within Families of WPC Durham.

    Instagram

    Instagram is a mobile-based social media app that allows users to share photos and videos and engage with others.

    Westminster has two Instagram accounts: @wpcdurham and @wpcdurhamyouth. @wpcdurham is the main Instagram account for Westminster. @wpcdurhamyouth is the Instagram account for our youth ministry.

    Both of these may be viewed on an Internet browser by visiting https://www.instagram.com/ and entering the account handle you wish to view. But Instagram is designed primarily for use via mobile, so consider installing the app to your mobile device for the best user experience (Note: You may be prompted to create an account). Like Facebook, however, an Instagram account is required if you wish to follow Westminster on Instagram and interact with our posts.

    YouTube

    You can watch our worship services on Westminster’s YouTube channel on Sundays at 11:00am. We share other video content to YouTube as well, including videos activities, story-telling, and resources created by our Director of Christian Education, Marietta Wynands.

    You can reach our channel by visiting  https://bit.ly/WPCyoutube to reach Westminster’s YouTube channel. Worship services go live Sundays at 11:00am.

    Hover your mouse over the lower part of the video to bring up the controls. Click the “CC” icon there to turn on closed captioning, if it’s helpful to you.

    YouTube exists within the suite of apps offered by Google. You do not need a Google account to access Westminster’s YouTube channel and watch our videos, but it’s free to create one.

    A Google/Gmail account will give you access to all of Google’s applications, including YouTube. If you have a Google/Gmail account, you can comment in the live-chat with your WPC friends as the video is streaming and you may post in the public comments section below the video. You can also subscribe to Westminster’s channel and receive notifications when new videos are loaded there.


  3. News & Articles : NEW Online Christian Education Courses

    Our congregation is embarking on a wonderful new journey in Christian formation.  We’re opening our own online school  This means we’ll be able to take courses together on a variety of topics including scripture and many areas of personal and spiritual growth.  

    Some courses are taught by experts through videos, while other courses will follow a more traditional format with at-home readings and questions for reflection. Each time a course is introduced, we’ll meet by Zoom to discuss what we’re learning. Online School will allow us to learn what we want, when we want, and at our own pace. While we need to keep our distance, we’ll still be able to learn and connect with one another as we do so. Here are our first two course offerings:

    Online School for June:  Practices
    Small Group Conversations via Zoom:  Mondays, June 1, 8. 15. 22, and 29, 7:00pm

    What are essential practices for a Christian way of life? Gain perspectives on prayer, food, worship, sacraments, money, service, and community from seven Christian thought leaders.  

    For each Animate: Practices session, participants will watch a video on their own. Each video features  a leading voice from the Christian faith. Students will spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group when we gather via Zoom. 

    Both courses will be by Marietta Wynands, our Director of Christian Education. Sign up now for one or both courses. Please contact Marietta with any questions.

    You may also join one of our ongoing Bible groups that are meeting via Zoom.  Learn more


  4. News & Articles : How You Can Help Our Community Partners & Neighbors in Need

    Our Local Missions Committee has been hard at work checking in with our 20+ community partners to see how they’re doing, what their needs are, and how the Westminster family can help.

    View the listing of community needs the Local Missions Committee is tracking and find out what you can to do help our neighbors in need. This listing will be updated with new needs and requests as we are made aware of them, so check back frequently. 

    Contact:  Cherrie Barton Henry, Associate Pastor of Congregational Care & Mission 


  5. News & Articles : Join an Online Bible Study! 

    Connect with your Westminster community, and join together online to learn and study God’s Word. These established groups welcome you to participate in their Zoom gatherings:

    Monday Morning Bible Study (Mondays, 9:30-11:30am) – “Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope During Uncertain Times” We know Jesus tells us, “Do not be afraid,” but with everything going on in the world, how is it possible not to be anxious? In this five-week study beginning May 4, author Adam Hamilton explores the worries and fears most of us experience and shares practical steps for overcoming them with the help of Scripture and a bit of faith. The series consists of a DVD and discussion via Zoom. Contact: Helen Harrison

    Bible Round Table (Sundays, 9:45am) The Bible Roundtable plans to begin its study of the book of James on April 26. We hope you will sign in and join what is always a friendly, lively interactive discussion. Contact:  Sam Bryan 

    Sojourners (Sundays at 9:45am) This group continues to work its way through the book, We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian McLaren. Contact:  Kay Wellemeyer

    The Present Word Join this group in exploring the theme of justice through the eyes of the prophets.  The Present Word is available online, so even if you don’t have a copy of the book, you can still access the materials. Contact:  Pete McWilliams

    Please contact Marietta Wynands, Director of Christian Education, for additional information.


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