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.
Sunday Morning Worship Prayer
Sundays during the 8:20, 9:30 and 11 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.
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. Please contact Warren Witt at 817-901-3500 for more information.
Open Hearts Support Group
Second Saturday of each month, 4 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care
The Open Hearts group is an affirming support group for family, friends and members of the LGBTQIA community. We believe that all God’s children are loved and welcomed in our church. We meet once a month (except for July & August) on the second Saturday from 4 to 5:45 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care. Join us to learn and find fellowship in a supportive Christian group.
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.
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 at 817-481-4147.
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’.
SPELL hopes to grow a community that:
Desiring God’s Will: Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God”
by David G. Benner
Offered online at two times: Tuesday beginning June 16 or
Wednesday, beginning June 17 at 1:30 p.m.
This upcoming class will focus on “Desiring God’s Will: Aligning Our Hearts with the Heart of God,” a book by author and spiritual director David G. Benner. This class will be offered on Wednesday afternoon from 1:30-2:30 p.m., beginning June 17. Pastor Betsy Godbold will facilitate this seven-week class which focuses on an often misunderstood concept of God’s will and what God desires for our lives. Benner presents us with an important question. “How might we discipline our wills so that we become willing and able to do what God asks of us?”
Through reading and reflecting, participants will come to understand “God’s will is not something we can accomplish by resolve or will power.” It begins with our desire to live so close to God’s heart that the rhythm of our heart and God’s becomes entwined.
Benner’s book can be purchased online from most Christian book sellers. Please register on online. Prior to class, you will be provided with the Zoom ID and password.
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS ROUNDTABLE
Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m.
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.
We are currently studying two perspectives on maturing spiritually: “The Book of Joy” (insightful conversations between Desmond Tutu and Dalai Lama) and Parker Palmer's “On The Brink of Everything” (candid essays on growing older Grace-fully). Chapters are freestanding and participants can join the study at any time. Whether you’re 20 or 90, you can count on the Roundtable’s inquiries to expand the mind and energize the spirit, by both relevant and timely reflections. Registration is not required, and all are welcome. Contact Ann Davis for Zoom access info.
Meet the Director
Rev. Betsy Goldbold
Pastor for Spiritual Formation
Reverend Betsy Godbold received a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School, with a concentration in Pastoral Theology and Counseling. She has extensive training in the area of Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction.