You are invited to take part in a variety of spiritual practices and challenging social justice conversations during this Lenten Season. On Ash Wednesday, worshipers will have the opportunity to confess sins, symbolically releasing them to our merciful God by writing them on a slip of paper and then tossing them into a fire pit upon departure. Even as we let go of that which holds us back from full communion with God, we are also challenged to take on the habits that bring about a transformed life.
What spiritual practice might you take on this Lent? Perhaps it will be one of the four “quiet” practices explored in our recent Church School elective: Breathing, journaling, silence, and meditation (learn more). Perhaps you will commit to attend all four sessions of our Tuesday Conversations challenging us to join Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove in “learning from the witness of Ann Atwater.” Take a look at all the offerings below – Learn more about each of these practices and make your commitment by signing up now.
SUNDAYS in LENT Supporting Each Other on the Journey of Being a Quiet Christian
Sundays, March 8 – March 29, 9:45 – 10:45, Room 204
Commit to a new spiritual practice this Lenten season! Perhaps it will be one of the practices explored in the series “On Being a Quiet Christian.” Or perhaps you’d like to try something different. Whatever it is, make your commitment. Then, if you choose, join others to check in and pray for one another throughout the season of Lent.
TUESDAYS IN LENT Continuing the Conversation: “Learning from the Witness of Ann Atwater”
What can we learn from the life and faith of Ann Atwater? How then shall we live? On the first Tuesday in March, we will show the powerful documentary, “The Best of Enemies.” The following four Tuesdays, a different member of Westminster’s staff will lead conversations using the Lenten curriculum “Reconstructing the Bible with the Best of Enemies” developed by Jonathon Wilson-Hargrove. If you are interested in going deeper, a limited number of The Best of Enemies books are available to purchase for $15 near the Welcome Area. To order your own copy, please contact Marietta Wynands.
Movie Viewing: “The Best of Enemies”
March 2, 6:30pm, at the home of Cherrie Barton Henry Cherrie can host 10 people in her home. If you’d like to join this movie showing, please RSVP here.
March 3, 6:30 – 8:45pm, Music Room (The movie will begin at 6:45 No sign-up needed)
Can’t make either date? Consider hosting a movie night at your house. The movie can also be rented through RedBox or borrowed after March 3 by contacting Marietta.
March 10, 7:00pm: Recognizing Racial Habits, facilitated by Marietta Wynands
March 17, 7:00pm: Encountering the Wisdom of Ann Atwater, facilitated by Alex Stayer-Brewington
March 24, 7:00pm: Practicing Fusion Politics, facilitated by Cherrie Barton Henry
March 31, 7:00pm: Holy Disruption, facilitated by Chris Tuttle
LENT FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Ash Wednesday, February 26 Join us for an evening of fellowship, reflection, and preparation for Lent:
- 5:30 pm Children & Families Event: “Preparing the Way” – Parlor
- 5:45pm Pancake Fellowship Dinner – Youth Suite Please RSVP by Feb. 24 at 12:00 noon
- 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Worship Service with the imposition of ashes – Sanctuary
Palm Sunday, April 5 Children gather in the Courtyard 10 minutes before each service for the Palm Sunday Parade with their Fish Banks for One Great Hour of Sharing. During the 11:00am service, children ages 4 through 2nd grade will sing following the Procession.
Good Friday, April 10 A variety of Prayer Stations will be available in the Parlor on Good Friday, from 7:00am – 3:00pm. Come anytime, on your own or with your children, youth, or grandchildren. These prayer stations will engage your whole self, encouraging you to focus deeply on the story of Jesus’ life, suffering and crucifixion, and resurrection and victory over death.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES
Maundy Thursday Service, April 9 at 7:30pm Come remember the intimacy of the upper room and the Last Supper as we gather around the table in communion. We will remember the words Jesus gave us as he departed, his agony in Gethsemane, his betrayal by Judas, and his final hours on the cross.
Good Friday Service, April 10 at 12:00 noon Join us for a meditative service with prayer, readings, and music for reflection.
Easter Sunday – Resurrection of the Lord, April 12
8:30am & 11:00am Easter Worship – Sanctuary With special music by Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble
9:45am Potluck Easter Brunch – Youth Suite Bring your favorite breakfast dish to share; beverages will be provided.
Come join in the celebration with family, friends, and guests. All are welcome!