Through Church School classes, special programs, inter-generational events, and discussion groups, Westminster provides opportunities for people of all ages to nurture their faith. The Church School, which meets from September through May on Sunday mornings, from 9:30-10:40 AM, is the heart of these efforts and provides classes for people of all ages.
Welcome to Westminster (March 26)
If you are interested in learning more about the life and ministry of Westminster, Dorothy and Lynne invite you to a time of sharing and learning. Park in the loop off of Rugby Road and come in the front door where you will be greeted with a warm cup of coffee and a smile.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
Would you have imagined that practicing Sabbath can be a lot of fun? Are you open to ways to have more celebration in your life? According Carol M. Bechtel, the author of this year’s Bible study Celebrating Sabbath, “Sabbath is not a burden, it is a blessing—a celebration that has the potential to reform and redirect all our ways of living.”
This group meets each second Tuesday through June. The group will meet by Zoom, with a link available through the weekly eNews.
If you have questions, or would like a Bible study book, contact Lucy Burnette, or call the church office: (434) 293-3133.
The Opening Doors Christian Formation Class welcomes all adults, especially adults with disabilities. Every Sunday throughout the year the class meets for Bible study, fellowship and snacks in a loving, welcoming, and supportive community environment. We emphasize every person belongs in God’s family and each is a reflection of God’s love. All are welcome!
> Room 209 January-December 9:30 a.m.
Questions of Faith
The Questions of Faith Class meets Sundays from 9:30 am – 10:30 am in Room 208 and by Zoom. We discuss topics related to how our faith is – or is not – reflected in the current world around us, what our faith has to say about those circumstances present in the world, and how we might reform ourselves and the world. The class values wide-ranging discussion reflecting our understandings of science, economics, and social conditions in addition to theology.
Beginning February 12, the Questions of Faith class will be discussing the parables contained in the Gospel of Luke. These are familiar texts, full of lessons for how we live a Christian life. These lessons are presented through stories that draw us in, inviting us to consider multiple perspectives. The primary text will be the scriptures themselves, and we will also be referring to Eugene Peterson’s book Tell It Slant. The discussion will continue through April 2 (Palm Sunday), with a break the first two Sundays in March, when we will joint the Reparative Justice group for their discussion. The class is a hybrid meeting, in person in Room 208 (weather permitting) and by Zoom. Zoom link available upon request. Contact the church office 293-3133
Faith and Family
Susie Bruce and Derry Wade are co-leading the Faith and Family Class this year: beginning on February 26 the class will watch and discuss the 2019 film of Brené Brown’s lecture, “The Call to Courage,” in which she uses humor and empathy to discuss what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.
We will also enjoy a couple gatherings we’re calling “Connections,” that will be a chance for us to catch up and talk about whatever comes to mind, led by Jessica Dimmick.
Discerning Our Call to Reparative Justice (March 5 and March 12)
The Reparative Justice Working Group is planning two gatherings of the congregation on March 5 and 12th in the Library (with Zoom options on Tuesdays, March 7 and 14, at 7 p.m.) to learn, discuss, and discern who we are to be and what we are called to do to seek reparative justice in our community. Any insights, conclusions, or consensus that may emerge from these gatherings can guide the RJWG and the Session as we move this work forward and establish its vital place in the Mission Study.