Westernville Presbyterian to host new program starting June 9

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WESTERNVILLE — Westernville Presbyterian Church, 9676 Stokes-Westernville Road, is offering an “alternative, authentic and different” new program, Open Church, to be held Sunday evenings, starting June 9, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring snacks to share and friends.

The Rev. Jeffrey Courter, pastor, said the new program is not a contemporary worship service, nor a social group or artistic community. However, attendees will listen and talk — to music, the written word, art and to each other.

“During our times together, we will allow questions, and will be open to opinions different than our own,” Courter said. “We will care about what we think and feel, and about what others think and feel. We will hopefully learn together and grow stronger together.”

The group will begin with secular music which speaks to the human condition. Members will also read some Bible verses and talk about them. After discussion, the group will have meditation and prayer, and then communion, a ritual affirmation of the group’s spiritual bond together.

Although a pastor, Courter said he will be present as a participant and a facilitator.  

“I will be the cheerleader — we are all players in this game we call life, and I will be with you as an equal,” the pastor said.  “I will share my thoughts and opinions, hopefully some of which will inspire or help you, but others will have thoughts and ideas as well, which may inspire better than mine. We will be in this together. I believe there are answers to life’s questions, but while I have my own, I think we will discover more in listening together than just in listening to me.”

For more information, call the church at 315-827-4678, or send an email to westernvillechurch@gmail.com.

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