“Mission is finding out what God is doing and joining in” (Rowan Williams)
Life in the Community
As a church the community is at the heart of everything that we do. Our Mission and Outreach work looks at ways to deepen our relationships with the community as well as helping the marginalised and those facing financial challenges through providing donations to the New Zion Foodbank, supporting local charities (Resolve Homeless, Women’s Refuge, YMCA and Home-Start) and signposting and creating awareness of support groups in the area.
We encourage those we meet to explore their spirituality and develop their discipleship as their faith grows by offering opportunities like the Alpha Course, Our WGC United Reformed Book Club, Exploring the Bible together with other like-minded people, Prayer Walks and Prayer Chains, Sunday Worship, Christian Meditation etc.
Our Community Cafe’ (currently closed due to Covid-19 and social distancing regulations but meeting on Zoom) is a welcoming safe place where people know they will be welcomed in a non-judgemental way, offered a compassionate listening ear and invited to journey with us. It is a place where you can meet new and existing friends and enjoy a morning of fun and laughter.
Should you want any further information please contact Liz on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first WGC URC Alpha Course started on 3 February and will be finishing on 19 May.
We are planning on starting a second Alpha Course during autumn 2021 but the date is still to be determined.
Alpha is for anyone who would like to explore the Christian faith in a fun, no-pressure environment. Each session includes a short film and a discussion where one can chat through one's thoughts and questions within a small group of people, having conversations about Faith, Life and God.
Should you be interested in joining our Alpha Course, please contact Liz on email@example.com for further information.
Mid Herts Cluster Book Club
Our next book club meeting will be on 20 May at 11am via Zoom and we will be discussing our next book; Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown.
The objective of the book club is to encourage people to share experiences of a fiction or non-fiction Christian book they read and help them to develop their spiritual journey by understanding and questioning the content of the book.
Please get in touch with Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Exploring the Bible
We have weekly sessions of Exploring the Bible and should you wish to join any of the groups below, please contact me on email@example.com for further information.
• Thursday evening 8-9.30pm on Skype
• Friday and Saturday mornings 10-11.30am via a Conference Call
• Sunday morning 9.30 – 10.15am on Zoom prior to our Worship Service
Lenten Prayer Walks and Prayer Chains
We encourage people to pray as they go for a walk or pray as they relax in their gardens – in fact you can pray anywhere – God will always hear you.
A Holy Week to Easter Walk was organised by the Churches in WGC. Please visit the website for more information: www.churchesinwgc.org.uk
On 2 April we had a day of prayer linking us together from 7 am -7pm (A Prayer Chain) where one can choose a 30 minute slot to pray, thus being part of a continuous chain of prayer. On this day we prayed for our planet, our friends, our families, our church as it opens after lockdown, for the groups returning to the building after lockdown and the wider community and as we emerge after the pandemic. We plan to organise another Prayer Chain later this year so please do get in touch Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
God Wants Us To Have Well-Being In All Aspects Of Our Life
Verses in Scripture say about Emotional Well-being:
Philippians 4:6-7 (New Living Translation)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 17:22 (New Living Translation)
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
Psalm 147:3 (New Living Translation)
3 He heals the broken hearted and bandages their wounds.
Verses in Scripture say about Spiritual Wellness:
3 John 2 (New Living Translation)
2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.
John 14:27 (New Living Translation)
27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (New Living Translation)
19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
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We also have a Welwyn Garden City United Reformed Church Facebook page, with daily inspirational messages.
We have recently started a WGC United Reformed Church Instagram account (wgcunitedreformedchurch) – which is a work in progress - but do have a look!
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