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.
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 on April 16, a new five week class begins on “Worship in the Natural World.” Based loosely on Sacred Nature, by Karen Armstrong, this series of classes is designed to examine how we can grow our Christian faith through experiences in nature.
April 16—Finding Peace in Nature through a discussion about mindfulness. Rev. Diana
Brawley, Counseling Ministry of Charlottesville.
April 22—Earth Day—WPC will help clean up the Beta Bridge area.
April 23—Mission Study Report—Pastor Jewell-Ann Parton (Library 9:30 a.m.)
April 30— Describing Nature and Practicing Gratitude through prose and poetry. This session
led by Pastor Jewell-Ann Parton will include poetry she has written.
May 7—Sharing Nature through storytelling, photography, journaling, and art/crafting–Barry
Parks and Stan Kaslusky.
May 14—Learning from Nature. Based on Chapter 3 of Sacred Nature this class discussion led
by Helen Phillips will explore Armstrong’s interpretation of Job.
Faith and Family
Susie Bruce and Derry Wade are co-leading the Faith and Family Class. Beginning on April 16, the class will be discussing how to support teen identity and sexuality, followed by three weeks of Childhood 2.0. May 14th is the final class of the year and will be a casual outdoor gathering in the Courtyard.