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  1. 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

     


  2. 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


  3. 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.

     


  4. 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.

     


  5. Articles & Resources : Join us for “MLK Day Your Way”

    An invitation from the Neighborhood Missions TeamMLK Day

    Happy New Year! As we turn the page on probably the most exceptional year many of us have experienced, we give thanks for our health, our friends and family, our church, and all that we have. The Neighborhood Missions Committee invites you to join us on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, to reflect on the past year and set a faithful intention for the year ahead.

    Because of Covid-19, we won’t be able to follow the MLK Day model of past years, but we’ve come up with an alternative we hope you’ll find engaging. We’ve organized options for Westminster members to perform both virtually and “together/apart,” or you may choose to do something else that’s meaningful to you. The day will have a two-fold structure:

    • In the morning, from 10:00-11:30am, members of WPC’s Racial Equity Team will lead a virtual teach-in. There will be a brief introduction to share the work they’ve done since August, then we’ll break into smaller groups to discuss Dr. King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, which he gave the day before he was assassinated. We invite you to read the text of the speech or listen to it on YouTube before participating. This teach-in is appropriate for anyone middle-school aged and older. A discussion group for the youth will be facilitated by Melinda Vaughn and Alex Stayer-Brewington. If the day is anything like the discussions the Racial Equity Team has had over the past five months, the time will fly by and leave you feeling thoughtful and empowered to help our community and nation heal.  Register for the Virtual Teach-In
    • In the afternoon, we invite all ages to participate in Westminster’s book drive with Book Harvest. Book Harvest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting lifelong literacy and learning. Please donate new or gently used children’s books, and deliver them directly to Book Harvest, 2501 University Drive in Durham (across the street from Q-Shack) on the afternoon of January 18. Or, you may deliver books to the 2021 Dream Big Book Drive at Durham Central Park, between 12:00-4:00pm. Note that Book Harvest cannot accept books of a faith-based nature. They particularly appreciate books with diverse characters and have a wish list that can help you with your donations.
    • Also in the afternoon, you may create cards of encouragement for patients at Duke Hospital (a great project for families), or write letters to persons imprisoned for political dissent. View the address list and sample letters to help you get going. Please provide your own stationery and stamps. Handmade cards for hospital patients should be generic (due to privacy concerns), and may be dropped off in the plastic drop-off bin outside the Mission Center.
    • Interested in participating in a project of your own choosing? We encourage this as well! Be sure to take a photo on the day and email it to westminster@wpcdurham.org so we can share it with our church family.

     Thanks so much for your support and participation in a year that has demanded constant adaptation and flexibility. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Cherrie Barton Henry. We look forward to seeing you virtually on January 18!

     


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