Our faith is ever changing and growing, and we believe we must continue that journey through discovering, learning more and diving into Scripture with those around us.

SPELL Symposium

Spiritual Practices: Embracing Light and Love

The goal of the SPELL Symposium is to establish a foundation that will support an on-going tradition of inviting teachers to Whites Chapel United Methodist Church, who are grounded in the Christian tradition that teaches the importance of spiritual practices and contemplative prayer as the foundation for experiencing the Love of God.

Belief statement: When we are centered internally by engaging in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer, our outer actions demonstrate and bear witness to this Love.

The objective of the SPELL Symposium is to develop and implement a multi-year program of speakers for the benefit of our church and community. These events will be coupled with events/activities that precede the speaking engagement as well as follow-up activities/events. SPELL seeks to gain not just knowledge through these events, but heart-felt ‘knowing’.

Outcomes:

SPELL hopes to grow a community that:
* seeks not just knowledge, but heart-felt ‘knowing’
* is grounded in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer.
* speaks to the chaotic and divisive world
* broadens the base of who we are in Christ
* believes in and expresses an inclusive message

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Evans Hall, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$35 (Students $10)
Speaker: Chris Heuertz
The Sacred Enneagram – Move beyond type as mere caricature and learn how to work with the Enneagram for spiritual growth.

“The Sacred Enneagram” written by Chris Heuertz is a roadmap to self-understanding, while helping us to live into the full promise of who God created us to be. Heuertz is emerging as one of the great spiritual practitioners with extensive knowledge and understanding of this ancient tool, along with his teaching of contemplative spirituality as practiced by Jesus.

Heuertz’ teaching urges us to ask the quintessential human question of identity, “Who Am I?” Most of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out who we are and how we relate to others and God. We need to self-observe in order to self-correct. The Sacred Enneagram helps us to tell the truth about who we really are – exposing our delusions and illusions, so that we can detect the genuine source of our identity. Whether you have heard of the Enneagram or not, this workshop is your invitation to begin the journey of a life transformed.

REGISTER FOR SPELL SYMPOSIUM CHRIS HEUERTZ EVENT

Spiritual Awareness and New Ways of Serving

1:00 p.m. in Room 2130 (Evans Hall Classroom)

Spiritual Awareness: What is it and how do we achieve it? Join us for a four-week, two-part class Tuesday, April 23 through May 14 to better understand spiritual awareness and how it relates to service. Facilitated by Jane Grazer, Spiritual Director, OSF (Order of St. Francis), the first two weeks will cover the definition of spiritual awareness and how it functions in our lives. The third and fourth week will focus on a new way of thinking about service, in relation to spiritual awareness.

REGISTER FOR SPIRITUAL AWARENESS AND NEW WAYS OF SERVING

The Spiritual Awakenings Roundtable

Welcoming New Members! 

Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m. 

White’s Chapel Center for Spiritual Formation

The Spiritual Awakenings Roundtable challenges members to see themselves and their faith through fresh lenses. Come join us in lively explorations that include insights from Scripture, tradition, historical texts, contemporary writers, and renowned guest speakers. Our interactive discussions incorporate perspectives from a wide variety of Christian legacies and real-world experiences. Inspired by the authors who fuel our facilitated exchange, we enjoy a circle of trust, candor, and genuine interest in the spiritual evolution to which Christ calls us. Past Roundtable studies have ranged from Rohr’s The Divine Dance to Palmer’s Hidden Wholeness, C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, Maddox’ Responsible Grace, Coniaris’ Philokalia, Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration, Rosling’s Factfulness, Batterson’s Whisper, and Shaia’s Heart and Mind. As we enter 2019, we’ll continue our focus on translating the power of our interior life into effective action within both the secular world and our community of faith. Whether you’re 20 years old or 90, you can count on the Roundtable’s inquiries to expand the mind and energize the spirit by reflections both relevant and timely.

REGISTER FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS ROUNDTABLE

“The Gift of Being Yourself–The Sacred Call of Self-Discovery”

by David G. Brenner
Tuesdays beginning July 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 

David G. Brenner, a psychologist and spiritual director invites us to consider that there “cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of one’s self.” In his book, The Gift of Being Yourself, Brenner invites the reader to hear the sacred call of self-discovery by exploring the false self the we too often hide behind. Out of this call and exploration, we discover the true self emerging, as well as a genuine revitalization of our spiritual lives. Brenner writes: “Being yourself would not make any spiritual sense if your uniqueness were not of immense value to God.”

Join us in the Center for Spiritual Care for this 6-week study beginning on Tuesday, July 16, 1:30-3p.m. as we explore how immensely valuable we are to God. You may purchase a copy of this book at WC’s Circuit Writers Bookstore.

REGISTER FOR THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF

Men of Prayer

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month – 7 p.m. in Room 3201

The White’s Chapel Men of Prayer (WCMOP) is a group of men that meets regularly to pray for the church and individuals within the church. They engage in intercessory prayer to minister to the church and its members. The group feels that God has invited them to participate in this activity and all have committed to pray daily for the list of needs. WCMOP also feels that intercessory prayer can be more effective than trying to pray for themselves. There is no age limit; all men are welcome. During these meetings, the men encourage one another and update the list over which they pray. The group attendance ranges from a handful to a dozen or more. WCMOP also gathers on fifth Tuesdays at various venues for fellowship. Contact Roy Abshier

The New Spiritual Exercises Retreat in Everyday Life

St. Ignatius of Loyola was a man on a mission! He desired to help people love God more dearly, see God more clearly and follow God more nearly. To this end, he devised a brilliant and intense psycho-spiritual retreat that could be done in 30 days in a monastery or over several months in everyday life. Whites Chapel United Methodist Church is delighted to offer a 9-week mini-retreat in everyday life in a manner that has been revised in the spirit of the teachings of the great mystic and scientist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Kristin Robertson, Spiritual Director, will lead this retreat.

REGISTER FOR NEW SPIRITUAL EXERCISE RETREAT

Open Hearts Support Group

Second Saturday of each month – 4 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care

Open Hearts is a group whose purpose is one of inclusivity, expressing God’s unconditional love and grace as a living example to all. The group is one of support and openness, which affirms the dignity and worth of every person as created in the image of God. As United Methodists, we follow John Wesley’s mandate to “do no harm, to do good, and to love God.” In an attempt to carry out this mandate, Open Hearts seeks to practice a loving acceptance of all persons and respectful discussion of our differences. Please join us as we move forward together to create a new tomorrow, whose sole purpose is to love as God loves. Contact Rev. Betsy Godbold.

Sunday Morning Worship Prayer

Sundays during the 8:20 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Services

The Worship Prayer Team is comprised of individuals who commit to pray during one of the Sanctuary worship services. The team is made up of men and women of all walks of life who are willing to share one hour on Sunday morning to pray for the ministries that take place on the WC Campus. There is a room on the second floor of the Sanctuary on the south end that is dedicated for the purpose of worship prayer and provides a quiet setting and instructions to guide the participant in their time of prayer. John McKellar and Todd Renner, our Co-Pastors, stress the importance of this opportunity to be a church of prayer so we might “see revival and new life spring forth” throughout all areas of ministry here at WC. Please contact Dianne Will at 817-481-4147 to schedule your time of prayer.

Simple Presence

First Thursday of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care

Please join Rev. Betsy Godbold for a time of Simple Presence to experience contemplative prayer, silence and a time of sharing. You will be invited to be still and open yourself to Christ’s Spirit working in us, as we hear the psalmist plea: “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). All are welcome and registration is not required.

Spiritual Direction

By Appointment

The goal in Spiritual Direction is to increase your awareness of God’s presence in your life through a monthly, one-hour conversation with a trained Spiritual Director. Do you wish to hold yourself accountable to regular spiritual practices or wish to learn new prayer practices? Do you desire to love God more dearly, see God more clearly, follow God more nearly? White’s Chapel has several Spiritual Directors ready to join you on your journey. For more information contact Rev. Betsy Godbold, 817-481-4147.

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Adults

Adults

Continuing in your faith is a journey and we have many classes, events and groups available to help you become more rooted in Jesus and the community.

WC Kids

WC Kids

We believe fostering a personal faith in Jesus Christ in children is one of the most important parts of being a community church. There are many ministries created for each and every age group, from nursery to sixth grade.

WC Students

WC Students

Our student program fosters an environment that helps your student (seventh through 12th grade) develop a stronger relationship with Jesus and with students in the surrounding communities.

Classic Adult Fellowship

Classic Adult Fellowship

This fun and growing group always wants to see and welcome new faces. If you’re 55 and better and enjoy getting to know new people, click here for more info.

WC Men

WC Men

Finding a community to support you is something that can help take your faith to another level! WC Men is a place for you to enjoy fellowship, missions and support.

WC Women

WC Women

Creating bonds with other women of faith can help pour encouragement into struggles, joys and other seasons of your life. Find your tribe with WC Women!

Marriage Ministry

Marriage Ministry

Connect with married and engaged couples in all age ranges to nourish your spirit, foster deeper community and discuss the joys and challenges of being a couple of faith. 

WC College & Young Adults

WC College & Young Adults

We would love to help you navigate the struggles and questions of being a young adult (18 to 35) in today’s world. There are opportunities to meet monthly, with fun social events open to all.

Single Adults

Single Adults

We have community for those walking through life on their own. We are called to live in fellowship, find your group today!

Encounter Groups

Encounter Groups

Are you looking to connect with a life-changing small group so that you can grow spiritually?

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

Our faith is ever changing and growing, and we believe we must continue that journey through discovering, learning more and diving into Scripture with those around us.

Weddings

Weddings

We would love to help you celebrate love with your wedding ceremony! Through this sacred ceremony, you enter into a covenant with God and with one another. Let us help you make a memory that will last forever.

Recreation

Recreation

Getting out and enjoying a game of softball, golf and more is just one way we like to have fun! Find out more opportunities here to get out with your church family.

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