“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.