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Latest Update: July 7, 2020
Message from Gregory Knox Jones
and Ways to Help Others

 

Covid-19 has sent shock waves around the planet, impacting practically everything we can imagine. As social creatures who yearn to be together, we struggle to follow the advice of scientists and health care professionals: “Keep a safe distance from one another.” As people of faith this presents quite a challenge because gathering together for worship, fellowship, education, and mission is central to who we are and how we order our lives. So how do we live faithfully during these times? Click here to continue reading the latest letter from Greg Jones dated Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

What Can We Do to Help Others?
There are ways that we can help others, even during self-quarantine and social distancing. In these challenging times, it can be difficult to see how we might directly help those in need in our community and abroad. Vulnerable populations – those who are homeless, hungry, out of work, living in communal settings – need our help now more than ever.

Support Locally
Click here for a list (updated 6/10/2020) of urgent needs that could be met within the guidelines of Delaware's travel and community contact limitations. And please check back here each week, as the list of organizations and their critical needs is subject to change. PLEASE NOTE: These organizations are considered essential social services in Delaware and are exempt from the restrictions for Delawareans who are traveling to make donations or deliveries.

Support Globally
The global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented. For those already living in vulnerable communities around the world, the effects of this crisis are even more devastating. In response, Westminster’s Church in the World Committee is offering a special ECHO Giving campaign during May and June. Gifts can be designated to directly support emergency relief projects of partners in Congo, Guatemala, Palestine, and Syria. For details and to contribute, please use this form.

With deep gratitude for your generosity and compassion. Thank you for being part of God’s light shining through the darkness.

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Virtual Service for Sunday, July 5
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Click here to watch our virtual service on YouTube for Sunday, July 5. To enhance your worship experience, we also encourage you to download the accompanying Worship Bulletin.

At the end of the Worship Bulletin, we have included this week's resources from Illustrated Ministry for worshipping with children. We hope you will use them for participation in this service or for family devotions at home throughout the week.

Although we will not be gathering as a church family for worship while Westminster is temporarily closed, we can still nurture our spiritual lives. An abbreviated form of worship will be provided here each Sunday morning as a video. Our pastors will read scripture, pray, and deliver a sermon so that you may still experience worship, but in the safety of your home.

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Virtual Christian Education and Small Group Opportunities (for kids/youth, too!)

 

Peace & Justice Class
Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group is excited to continue an ongoing program of education events on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, July 9, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, we will feature an 18-minute video by Trevor Noah, followed by a discussion of the issues he raises. Join us at this Zoom link, or go to zoom.us/join, enter Meeting ID 847 6897 7211 and click "Join." Attendees get access by clicking on the link; they will be admitted to the waiting room and then the host will admit them to the class.

Online Bible Study
Continuing throughout the summer, our Bible study, led by Director of Christian Education Chesna Hinkley, meets online in our Zoom classroom! Join this LIVE meeting promptly at 6:00 PM on Wednesdays OR 12:30 PM on Thursdays for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. New faces are always welcome! Please check the Weekly Word e-newsletter for the Zoom Meeting ID and any updates, or email Chesna with questions. Not receiving our e-newsletter? Sign up here.

Women's Online Community Group
The women of Westminster connect for heartfelt and enriching discussions on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. The Rev. Jill Getty is facilitating this group on Zoom throughout our time of sheltering in place. Please email Jill if you would like to attend, and she will email you the Zoom link and password.

Compassion Camp LIVE on Zoom for Children Ages 4-11
Sundays, July 12, July 19, July 26 and August 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
We are using Illustrated Ministry's COMPASSION CAMP online VBS curriculum for five weeks of Sunday School fun, live on Zoom! There will be music, movement, Bible stories, games, crafts, and friends! Compassion Camp is designed for kids ages 4-11, and younger kids are welcome at parents' discretion. For security reasons, there be a unique link every week emailed in our Christian education email blast on Tuesdays. Not receiving this email blast? Email Chesna and request to be added to the list. Please note NO CLASS on July 5.

Youth Ministry (Grades 6 – 12)
The new summer schedule for 180 Youth Ministry started Sunday, May 24 and runs for 10 weeks. We will meet Sunday evenings on Zoom from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. See the Weekly Word e-newsletter or our Instagram account (@180youth_wpc) for the Zoom Meeting ID and updates, or contact Chesna Hinkley with questions.

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VIDEO: Christian Teachings for Facing the Coronavirus Pandemic with Dr. Jones and Dr. Khan

 

In this conversation with University of Delaware Professor Dr. Muqtedar Khan, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Knox Jones talks about Christian scriptures and how they can be understood in light of modern realities. He also explains how he shepherds the Westminster Church family during these unprecedented times and how his community of faith is facing the challenges of the pandemic and working to help one another and the Wilmington community.

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