“Grandma, guess what I learned in school today? I learned about the present, and that it’s a gift to the future. That’s why they call it the present.” – Lily
In these challenging times, there is an even greater need to ground ourselves in Spirit. We are called to deepen the roots in our faith and prayer life so that our decisions and actions can emerge from loving wisdom and clarity, rather than fear, frantic activity, or reactivity. But where is this ground, and how do we find it?
We will be exploring how it is possible to discover a presence, a sense of awake intelligence, in silence. For four Sundays before Lent, you’re invited to come and learn some tools for contemplative practice/prayer. The emphasis will be on presenting simple, direct pointers for contemplation, and then practicing them.
This is an opportunity to find out for yourself, through your own experience, what might be uncovered in silence, presence and alertness, and how this might help you to not only find more peace in your day-to-day experiences, but also to make decisions from whole-heartedness that is grounded in authenticity and genuine strength.
These four one-hour sessions will meet January 29th and February 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5:30-6:30PM. Sessions are open to all adults. Feel free to invite friends or others who are interested. Children fifteen and older (who can be comfortable sitting in silence) are also welcome. Laura Thorne will introduce the methods. The resources are openhearted awareness practices from Loch Kelly’s book and audio instructions, Shift Into Freedom.
Contact Laura at Diego8@earthlink.net, if you have further questions. Everyone – whether or not you are affiliated with WUMC – is welcome.
- Sunday School Coordinator, $200 per month: We have a strong curriculum and several people who work regularly with the children. The coordinator would choose which of the options to use each Sunday and gather any supplies needed. They would also be sure volunteers are scheduled for the two classes.
- Young Listeners Program, $125 per month: This is the option for children to leave the service after the children’s sermon. This person would recruit one other adult for each Sunday and go out with the children. The program is flexible but a possible plan is to talk some about the scripture, then interview the other adult about their life and their spiritual path, and close with joys and concerns. The children would usually draw or doodle while all of this was going on.
- Supper Church Coordinator, $75 per month: Supper Church is held once each month on a Monday night. The coordinator would plan an activity and recruit people to help with the activity and others to bring dinner. The coordinator would also work with Pastor Ann to plan the short service and be sure there is publicity about the event.
If you are interested in one or more of these positions, please contact Ann Joyce, Staff-Parish Relations Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.276.8090.