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. | Zoom
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 secretly 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. Contact Dianne Will for Zoom details.
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:
The Art of Spiritual Listening
Begins Thursday, Sept. 10 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. | Center for Spiritual Care
This class will study “The Art of Spiritual Listening: Responding to God's Voice Amid the Noise of Life,” a book by Alice Fryling. The group will meet on Thursdays, from 10-11 a.m., beginning September 10. Rev. Lori Silvestri will facilitate this nine-week class.
The book invites us to explore our own personal journey with spiritual attentiveness and to gain awareness of what God is doing in and through our lives. By engaging with scripture, we will see how Jesus interacted with others and also discover how the Holy Spirit might speak to us today. Through reading and reflecting on spiritual passages and learning to listen in love, participants will come to practice the art of listening and spiritual attentiveness as we interact with God, others, and the world around us.
All are welcome and registration is required on the church website. Fryling’s book is available for purchase from online book sellers. Please contact Rev. Lori Silvestri for more information.
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 genuine trust, empathy, and interest in the spiritual evolution to which Christ calls us.
Roundtable discussions for Fall, 2020 will focus on Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, a compilation of essays taken from the famous monk’s private journals during an historic American “awakening” much like our own today. The author’s spiritual perspectives accompany the reader along new paths of inquiry across the most bedeviling of societal dilemmas. Readings are freestanding and participants can join the conversation 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 with 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.