Walking in the Way of Love is hard, especially when there is so much fear, anxiety, hate and violence spinning all around us these days. Here at UCW, we are companions on a journey, fellow seekers, teaching, learning, supporting, challenging and guiding each other in non judgmental community of care and compassion. We seek to grow in love of God, self and neighbor and strengthen our call to discipleship so that we may be beacons of hope, sources of comfort, fonts of inspiration, and ambassadors of love, in this beautiful but wounded world.
As such, in addition to weekly worship, there are many small groups that provide an opportunity to strengthen relationship and to deepen and explore faith. These opportunities are detailed below. Pastor Stacy always welcomes new ideas and suggestions, so if there is something you would like to engage or explore that you do not see below, do not hesitate to reach out to her.
Sunday Morning Bible Discussion
We gather (now on Zoom) every Sunday from 8 – 9:00 am to study Scripture and reflect on how God’s word informs our living today. Instead of following a curriculum, we simply choose a book of the Bible and read it out loud together, pausing as we do to reflect on what the text is saying and how it may impact our lives today. No previous Bible study or Biblical literacy is needed. Come every Sunday or come when you can. All are welcome.
This fall the book group is going to delve into the topic of race and racial injustice.
Lunch Bunch is our monthly small group ministry for those who have some flexibility during the day to gather for good food and conversation. Lunch bunch is for people of all ages as we take time around the table to share our lives together. Lunch is provided and transportation can be arranged.
Wellspring is our women’s group. We are gathering between 6:30 and 8:00 on zoom to center ourselves in the love of God, light candles as we check in about what is on our hearts and then engage in a thematic conversation. Wellspring is a wonderful small group ministry for those women who may be seeking deeper connection to community and God. We will be meeting on the following dates around the following themes
SEPT. 30 – Check-in and catch-up : “What was in your tool kit this pandemic summer ?”
OCT. 28 – ” God’s presence in liminal times”
NOV. 18 — “In all things give thanks”
DEC. 16 — “Promise and Peril in the First Nativity”
Java Gents is an informal monthly breakfast hour for the men of the UCW congregation. It provides friendly fellowship and mutual support to the men.. Buz Bedford cooks up a full, hot breakfast. Jay O’Beirne hosts the lively discussion of timely topics, and personal goings on among the men.
Java gents usually meets the third Friday of each month in the church reception room at 7am.
Norwood Health Worship
In this time of COVID-19 we have not been able to worship with our dear congregation at Norwood Health. Instead we are looking for ways to share the love of God with the residents, holding them in our prayers and sending cards. If you are interested in this ministry or have ideas for how we could draw closer to our friends who are experiencing such isolation right now, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy