A Deep Breath ~ A Service of Healing For The Longest Night

A Deep Breath

Friday, December 21, 2018

6:00 pm

For many, the Christmas season coincides with grief, loss, health struggles, unemployment, and other life challenges.  You are invited to a service of scripture, poetry, and carols at 6:00 pm in the Wellshire chapel on Friday, December 21, the longest night of the year. Take a moment for quiet devotion, and hold space for the grief, love, and sorrow that can coincide with the Christmas season, even as we look in hope for the light that shines in the darkness.

Living Nativity at Wellshire

Living Nativity at Wellshire

Living Nativity

December 16 at 6:30 pm. The Living Nativity features live animals and stars a newborn baby as Jesus in the retelling of the Christmas story. Beginning at 6:00 pm, kids are invited to a petting zoo to meet the animal actors. Hot cocoa and music from Wellshire Brass follows inside the church. If your child or youth would like to participate, contact Kendal.

Contemporary Worship Returns Beginning December 2

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Wellshire Contemporary Service

Beginning December 2, Wellshire will return to two different worship services. At 9:00 am, Confluence and Celebration Singers will lead a contemporary service. At 11:00 am, the Sanctuary Choir will continue to lead in a traditional style of music.

Children’s Sabbath ~ November 11

Children's Sabbath art

Sunday, November 11, 2018 – Children’s Sabbath

2 Worship Services: 9:00 am and 11:00 am – Chapel

Sunday, November 11, is Children’s Sabbath. The children of Wellshire will lead us in worship. Our Children’s and Youth Choirs are singing in celebration. In addition, the service will be surrounded by two wonderful selections by the Celebration Ringers.

  • Childcare: Children 6 weeks-preschool are welcome downstairs from 8:45 am to 12:15 pm.
  • Sunday School is on break next week for the kids to attend Children’s Sabbath
  • Youth Group: Middle school meets at 5:00, dinner at 6:00, and high school meets at 6:30 pm. Please bring $5 for dinner.

Come early for the Hard Hat Special Breakfast Too! Due to construction, the usual Deacon’s Pancake Breakfast will be a “Hard Hat Special” breakfast in the north upstairs hallway. Come for a time of breakfast treats and fellowship! Proceeds support the Deacons’ Fund, which provides support for members and guests in need.

Experience a Family ADVENT-ure!

Family Advent-ure

Family ADVENT-ure

November 16. 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Families and children, come prepare our hearts together for Advent. Share a meal, discover more about Christmas around the world, and contribute to mission projects. Block your calendar for November 16 as we share in and celebrate the diverse Christmas traditions of our neighbors.

Food is needed for the potluck! Click here to sign-up.

Shop the Alternative Christmas Market & Support Mission

Alternative Christmas Market

Alternative Christmas Market

Sunday, November 18
9:00 am-12:30 pm

Wellshire’s Alternative Christmas Market returns to the Wellshire Library and Narthex.

  • shop handcrafted and fair trade goods from Denver and around the world
  • find gifts for friends, family, teachers, and colleagues
  • support and learn about life-giving ministries, including Haiti Partners, Hunger Task Force, Lomagundi Clinic, and The Gathering Place
How it works:
  1. Visit the tables of Wellshire’s ministry partners
  2.  Select items; each ministry partner will mark on your Shopping List the amount purchased from their table.
  3. Check out by taking your Shopping List and gifts to the check-out table where ALL of your purchases will be totaled by a Cashier and paid for by check, cash, or credit card

Thanksgiving & Generosity Sunday, November 18

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On Sunday, November 18, Wellshire will gather together for a celebration of Thanksgiving. The combined Children’s and Adult Choirs will be presenting beautiful Thanksgiving selections for our church family. Dr. Bell’s meditation will be based on the Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) in a sermon entitled “Now Thank We All Our God” which we will sing at the conclusion of the service.

During this service, you will also have the opportunity to pledge your “first fruits” in the spirit of generosity to the annual operating budget for the coming year.

PLEASE NOTE: This NO YOUTH GROUP on Sunday, November 18. We apologize for any confusion.

Advance Care Planning Seminar ~ November 3

We Belong to God

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING SEMINAR
Saturday, November 3 | 10:00 am to noon
Wellshire Presbyterian Church

We are mortal, end of life planning is a profound gift and guide to those who remain to make decisions in the midst of grief.

This two part series will include an interactive story-driven seminar on Advanced Directives by Dr. John Lobitz of Tomorrow’s Choices on Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 am to noon. Participants will leave with all the tools needed to complete medical Advanced Directives and may return two weeks later for a “signing party” to complete documents on Saturday, November 17 at 3:00 pm. In addition, Rev. Katie Robb Davis will offer guidance and worksheets on memorial service planning on the 17th.

RSVPs to Kris are helpful but not required.

BYOBB ~ Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage

BYOBB

Moms and Dads of Tweens and Teens:

Bring your own Bible and beverage (BYOBB) on Thursdays as we join in a community offering support in faith development. Moms meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month beginning Oct. 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Wellshire. Dads meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays beginning Oct. 11. No preparation required.

Faith and Sexuality Workshop

God Made You Good Workshop

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Faith and Sexuality

God Made You Good

Join us Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, the 30th for a workshop on faith and sexuality for kids and their parents led by Nicole Newton. This workshop is an opportunity to discuss ways to open up communication as your child grows, moving from “the talk,” to an ongoing, open conversation about faith and sexuality. This is NOT a purity and abstinence workshop. Our goal is to help your future conversations around puberty, adolescence, and sexuality within the context of faith, and learn to share your values as you talk about these topics with your child. Childcare is available; rsvp to childcare@wpcdenver.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video title=”Faith & Sexuality – God Made You Good” link=”https://youtu.be/M0itdpPwO_Q”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1537479056001{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]


Schedule & Outline

Download the Schedule here.

Saturday, September 29 –Workshops for Parents

10:30 – 12:00: Early Childhood (birth – 8 years)

  • Introduction to faith and sexuality
  • Biblical/theological grounding
  • “Is this normal?”– Discussing common questions/experiences for children in this age range.
  • Ways to openly communicate with your child and answer their questions
  • Common issues
    • Body safety
    • Appropriate terms
    • Addressing stereotypes and bullying
  • Parent questions for Nicole
  • Parent resources

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch ($5 donation)

1:00 – 2:30: Middle Years (9 years – 12 years)

  • Introduction to faith and sexuality
  • Biblical/Theological grounding
  • “Is this normal?”– Discussing common questions/experiences for children in this age range.
  • Ways to openly communicate with your child and answer their questions
  • Common issues
    • LGBTQ+ topics
    • Social media
    • bullying
  • Parent questions for Nicole
  • Resources

3:00 – 4:30: Teens

  • Introduction to faith and sexuality
  • Biblical/Theological grounding
  • “Is this normal?”– Discussing common questions/experiences for children in this age range.
  • Ways to openly communicate with your child and answer their questions
  • Common issues
    • LGBTQ+ topics
    • Addressing safety, healthy relationships, boundaries
    • Technology
  • Parent questions for Nicole
  • Resources

Sunday, September 30 –Workshops for Children & Youth

10:00 – 11:00: Children in PreK – 3rd Grade and Their Parents

Creator/Created

Explore the creation story and what it tells us about God and ourselves and how that relates to our bodies. (Teaching geared toward the children, with interactive ways for parents to engage in conversation and activities with them.)

All of our workshops seek to have LGBTQ-inclusive lessons and language.

12:00 – 2:00: 4th & 5th Graders (includes lunch)

1:30 – 2:00 Parents join their 4th & 5th Graders

  • Introductions
  • What do you know? Games to establish baseline knowledge.
  • Interacting with the biblical text–what do we know about what God says about us?
  • The gift of our bodies
    • Basic anatomy/reproduction review
  • Physical & emotional changes of puberty
  • Media/peer pressure
  • Healthy communication
  • Question box time*
  • Parent/youth conversation/activity

 

3:30 – 5:30: Middle School Youth (6th – 8th grade)

5:00 – 5:30 Parents join their Middle School Youth

  • Introductions
  • What do you know? Games to establish baseline knowledge.
  • Interacting with the biblical text–what do we know about what God says about us?
  • Media/Peer pressure
  • Healthy relationships
    • Responsibility
    • Relationality
    • Respect
  • Hot topics/question box time*
  • Parent/youth conversation/activity

5:30 – 6:00 Dinner ($5.00 donation)

6:00 – 8:00 High School Youth

7:30 – 8:00 Parents join their High School Youth

  • Introductions
  • What do you know? Games to establish baseline knowledge.
  • Interacting with the biblical text–what do we know about what God says about us?
  • Media/Peer pressure
  • Healthy relationships
    • Responsibility
    • Relationality
    • Respect
  • Making safe choices
  • Hot topics/question box time*
  • Parent/youth conversation/activity

*Question Box/Hot Topic Time

One of the promises I will make to your children is that if they are brave enough to ask an honest question (either aloud or on paper) I will be brave enough to answer them. This builds trust in our group and helps me get a better feel for what issues are coming up regularly in their peer groups that I need to address. Because this is the most open ended part of the workshop, all kinds of issues can come up. Questions of fact I will answer directly, questions of conscious I will answer from my perspective, try to summarize other perspectives, and encourage them to bring those questions home to have a conversation with you about them as well. I will keep a running list of questions for each age group and will send out a copy of them after the workshop so that you can see what we discussed.

Safety

I will not call out individual youth or tell you who asked the questions unless I have reason to fear for their safety. In the case that something comes up during a workshop that does make me question the safety of a minor, I will report it immediately to staff and we will follow protocol to make sure that it is handled appropriately before I leave.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1535565022883{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]


Children and youth will have age appropriate discussion centered around the idea that all of life is a gift from God, and we are all made in the image of God.

We believe that parents are the primary sexuality educators and faith educators of their children. All creation is of God, and therefore good. Sexuality as part of creation is good! Shared experiences in sexuality education can improve communication between children and their parents as young people mature.

In the workshop for young families, we’ll spend most of our time diving into what God has to say about how we are made. Conversation and activities will be geared toward the children, with parents alongside them as co-learners and conversation partners.

In the middle and high school groups, we cover a wide range of age appropriate topics. Possible discussion topics include: sexuality as a gift from God, with related scripture readings, physical & emotional changes of puberty male & female reproductive systems, including the basics of sexual intercourse, prenatal development & birth, media and peer pressures, basic definitions of hot topics, and answers to their questions.[/vc_column_text][vc_video title=”Faith and Sexuality Workshop – Intro” link=”https://www.facebook.com/wpcdenver/videos/893935177469642/”][/vc_column][/vc_row]