Zimbabwe Mission Partnership
Wellshire has been a long time supporter of Zimbabwe Mission Partnership and the Heather Chimhoga Orphan Center (HCOC).
About the Campaign
Our 11th Annual Ride for Hope!
Team Zimbabwe rides the Elephant Rock every year to help bring hope to about 800 orphans and vulnerable children at Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care in rural Zimbabwe. These children depend on us for daily meals, medical support, school fees and much more.
COVID-19 has changed a lot of things. But one thing it hasn’t changed is that these children need our help. And it hasn’t changed our resolve to help them. Elephant Rock has been tentatively rescheduled for October 10 and 11. But who knows if it will happen?
What we do know is that 800 orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe desperately need our help – right now.
Learn more about our cause at www.zimpartnership.org
Questions? Contact Beth Hamstra.
Donate by writing a check for any amount to Wellshire Church with Team Wellshire in the memo. Or, give now by completing the form below.
Whether you’re a bike-rider or a check-“rider”, your participation helps feed, clothe, provide medical help, and pay school fees for approximately 1,000 orphans. This event provides half of the annual budget of the HCOC.
Check out Wellshire’s monthly Families Newsletter
Online Education Classes
Wellshire Church online adult education based on Jill Duffield’s Lent in Plain Sight devotional.
In lieu of our regular classes, Revs. Julia Fenn and Rolfe Granath will be posting video messages with thoughts on Lent in Plain Sight on the Wellshire YouTube channel. Engage through the comments section.
Helping Schmitt Families
This is a strange time we’re living in. As we are pulled physically apart from our Wellshire community, it’s important to know that our call to serve and love still exists.
With the closure of schools last week, the Schmitt Elementary students are now spending their time at home playing and learning. Thankfully, Denver Public Schools continues to offer breakfast and lunch for those students in need who can get to a few designated sites. However, there are many Schmitt families who cannot travel, or need more support than just food. We have been in touch with our partners at Schmitt Elementary and they have identified 20 families with especially high needs at this time. We now have a wonderful opportunity to serve them while maintaining our social distance.
Blessing Boxes: add a few extra items to your grocery list or Amazon delivery, then drop these items at the door step of a Schmitt family during a designated time. Items can include:
- non-perishable food items
- paper products (TP, paper towels)
- cleaning supplies
- coloring or art supplies
- letters of support or drawings from your children
Sign up here. Just like with the Hunger Task Force Christmas baskets, you’ll receive the address and phone number of the family to coordinate the drop off (while maintaining distance!).
A Service Around the Table
Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, and his commandment that they love one another. While we are unable to gather together in person this year, a liturgy is provided for you to remember this holy meal and holy commandment in your home.
You may lead the liturgy yourselves through the script and instructions below, or you may use a video available here. You may also choose to videoconference with others to observe this time and share this meal “virtually.” If you choose to lead the liturgy yourselves, two hymns are available on the Wellshire YouTube channel to play during the meal. If you choose to use the video to lead, the hymns are included there.
The service is designed to take place around your own dinner table, prepared with love and care.
Easter Prayer Vigil
We will conduct the Easter Prayer Vigil from our homes. Since the church building is closed until further notice, we encourage you to sign-up for a prayer time-slot (see below) and pray from home at the scheduled time.
Just as Jesus invited his disciples to pray and watch with him the night before he was arrested (Matthew 26), we invite the Wellshire community to join in a vigil of prayer for 40 hours, representing the time between Jesus’ death until His resurrection on Easter morning. This is a wonderful and meditative way to prepare for the celebration of Easter – in prayer and reflection for our community, world, and the expectation of God’s kingdom breaking into ours. The goal is to have continuous prayer throughout the vigil so we’d like to have multiple people (or families) sign-up for each time slot. You can sign up online below.
Request A Prayer
During the Easter Prayer Vigil
All Wellshire members are invited to join in the Easter Prayer Vigil. Beginning on Good Friday afternoon and going through sunrise on Easter Sunday, we will pray from our homes. Click here to sign-up to pray.
Have a prayer request for the Easter Prayer Vigil?
Click here and fill out the form.
One Great Hour of Sharing
For over 70 years, One Great Hour of Sharing has provided Presbyterians a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world.
Typically received during the season of Lent, each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing supports efforts to assist in areas of disaster through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.