We invite all, and we are invited!
We are excited to inform you that Westminster Presbyterian Church has begun worshipping again in person: 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. And yet, as we navigate worship in these challenging times, we also want you to know what to expect when you step inside the sanctuary doors on Sunday mornings. Here’s what we’re doing to keep you safe:
- All participants in worship will be required to wear masks in the sanctuary at all times. Disposable masks will be available.
- When pastors lead worship from the pulpit or from behind the table, for the sake of preaching and public liturgies, they will temporarily remove their masks.
- We are learning to pass the peace using American Sign Language.
- If you feel uncomfortable during worship, please feel free to move to another pew to ensure social distancing.
- Pastors will be wearing masks at the doors following the services.
- In the next few months, the 11:00 service will be live-streamed.
- Our live-streamed service will be taped and the recording will be made available on our YouTube channel on Monday.
- When taking communion, you may choose to unmask temporarily or take the elements home.
- Drive-Thru communion will be served from 10:00-10:30 a.m. on the first Sunday of each month in the Rugby Road parking lot.
We continue to learn how to be the Church during a pandemic. Thanks for your support and prayers during this time of discerning how we come together to worship God. — The Worship Committee
Click here to enjoy our How We Worship video promo:
The University Mission Committee and UKirk are excited to announce that the new website www.ukirkuva.org has gone live! The themes of Welcome, Wonder, Work and Worship guide viewers through the site and highlight the inclusive and inviting spirit of both UKirk and WPC. Please enjoy clicking through the links and learning all about UKirk’s programs, staff and student leaders. It is through these efforts that Westminster’s mission to serve our UVA student neighbors is being realized. Special thanks to the design team of Ashley Dunn-Jalenak, Dorothy Piatt, Heather Henry and Nancy Paulson.
Your pledge to Westminster supports our pastors who preach the Word of God, lead, teach and empower us to serve Christ. This stimulates us to grow as disciples and share God’s love. In response to the recent pandemic, your support has allowed us to provide regular worship services online and reach new worshippers seeking spiritual guidance during these challenging times. The church continues to welcome visitors and new members, while many church members assist with the worship services. Your generosity will enable us to return to worshipping in a well-maintained and welcoming sanctuary once it is safe to do so.
Have you been keeping up with the anti-racism uprising taking place across the country and world these past couple of weeks? If you want to support the struggle for justice and equity but are not sure what to do, this list offers several starting points for concrete actions. The following links are from Claire Lampen’s article “How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality.” Join others at Westminster in the continual journey to resist racism and end police brutality by taking the next step.
Direct aid for victims’ families:
- George Floyd’s family has started a GoFundMe to cover funeral and burial costs; counseling services; legal fees; and continued care for his children. There’s also a GoFundMe to provide for his 6-year-old daughter, Gianna Floyd, and a GoFundMe to support “peace and healing” for Darnella Frazier, the woman who filmed Floyd’s death.
- Another GoFundMe is raising money for Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, donations to which will similarly fund the family’s legal battle.
- There’s a GoFundMe for Breonna Taylor’s family, to help with legal fees and offer extra support.
- There’s a GoFundMe for David McAtee’s mother and family: McAtee was fatally shot just after midnight on June 1, after police officers and National Guard members fired into a crowd of people who were not taking part in the evening’s protests.
ActBlue has a page that will let you split your donation between 38 community bail funds, or if you’d like to focus your donation directly, here are some options.
- The Bail Project, a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.
- The National Bail Fund Network also has a directory of community bail funds to which you can donate, along with a COVID-19 rapid response fund.
- Another list of bail funds is available here, and another list of bail funds by city.
Support for protesters:
- A Gas Mask Fund for black youth activists in Minneapolis is raising money to buy gas masks for demonstrators who’ve faced tear gas during protests.
- The Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund is raising money for physical resources, bail, and medical care for black, transgender protesters, which will be redistributed to black, trans-led organizations “in the event these funds don’t need to be used.”
- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.
- The Legal Rights Center is a non-profit law firm based in Minneapolis, offering legal defense, educational, and advocacy services.
- Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
- The Know Your Rights Camp, an organization founded by Colin Kaepernick that provides education and training in black and brown communities, set up a legal fund for Minneapolis protestors.
- Organizations working against mass-incarceration and police abuse:
- Communities United for Police Reform is an initiative to end discriminatory policing in New York, helping to educate people on their rights and document police abuse.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice works to educate white people about anti-racism and organizes actions to support the fight for racial justice and undermine white supremacy.
- Communities United Against Police Brutality, which operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.
- No New Jails NYC aims to keep the city from constructing new jails, and to instead divert funds that currently go toward the police and incarceration toward housing, ending homelessness, mental health, and other community support systems.