Discovering and Practicing Spirit-inspired, Christ-centered, God-honoring worship

This journey is something our whole church will be taking together, with integration of the pathways in our Sunday and weekly worship, along with invitations to opportunities to dig deeper. There is a go-at-your-own-pace online course to deepen the journey, along with Zoom conversation spaces to process what we’re learning. Make sure you are subscribed to Doug’s Weekly Words to receive information, and email beccan@fpcbellingham.org if you have more questions!

1. Start your journey by answering a couple questions, accessed by clicking the “Pathway Resources” banner below.

Discover which pathway(s) resonate with you! (If you’ve already taken the quiz, just click the link anyway so you can register to be in touch with the journey we are taking, and get your free book!)

 
  

Click the tinyurl link below to take the self-assessment, then share your information with us, and get on the email list for updates, as well as to receive your copy of Spiritual Pathways by Gary Thomas (it’s on us!):

—->   https://tinyurl.com/FPCSacredPathways   <—-

 

Parents: Explore which of the nine pathways resonate with your child through the book Sacred Pathways for Kids. Email Kerrie at kerrieb@fpcbellingham.org for your free e-book copy.

Everyone: Watch this video to learn about accessing the self-paced course materials: 
https://youtu.be/t2Rv-1B4PzA

2. Then, explore the nine pathways of worship that draw our attention to God, one per month:

Each month this year we will focus on a different pathway – click each month’s banner below as we progress through the year to view details.

  

September 2020: Naturalist

We invite you to share photos or videos of your response to September’s invitation to wonder about God in nature – a picture of what you wonder at in nature, a video where you like to walk, a video/photo of yourself in nature, etc. Please email them (or a link to download) to beccan@fpcbellingham.org 

In order for us to use them in a September service, we ask that you submit your image/video by September 23rd. By uploading/sending your images, you are giving us permission to use them in a service, and we may use the final opening worship piece on social media at a different time in the week.

 

  

An Acme Farms + Kitchen Meal Kit! 
These kits are locally sourced and a way to experience taste in a new way. Whether you are comfortable in the kitchen or burn everything you bake, these come with the ingredients and instructions to help you feel confident in your cooking (and are delicious!). To get yours, sign up at the following link by October 13th (boxes will be delivered October 20th):
(to learn more about Acme you can visit them here)
 
Save the date for a Zoom!
We’ll have a Zoom time to discuss what we are finding and learning on the pathways on Sunday October 25th at 11am (like a good ol’ Café Pres! Just BYOC…could be a virtual wine tasting if you BYOC… hey, Jesus knew how to make good wine). Link for Zoom is on the FPC Calendar.

 

  

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FAQ:

Q: What is this “Sacred Pathways” thing all about?

A: We have received a worship grant to use over the next year (2020-2021) to take a closer look at the concept of Sacred Pathways – the concept that each of us is wired to worship in different primary ways. This idea comes from the book by Gary Thomas of the same title, but our overall invitation is to deepen each individual’s Christian journey by exploring these nine different pathways together. We hope that taking this journey will expand our ideas of what worship is, as well as offer perspective and gratitude for the diversity and variation of how people respond to God.

Q: What can I expect on this page?

A: This page serves as a landing zone for resources, invitations and study, and throughout the year we will add content here as we spread invitations and experiment with the opportunities before us. When we applied, we were not in a pandemic and now we are – so bear with us as we try different things and grow this thing as we go!

Q: Where did this grant come from?

A: This grant was made possible by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. “The Vital Worship Grants Program at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is designed to foster, strengthen and sustain well-grounded worship in congregations throughout North America. Two streams of grants are offered–to teacher-scholars and to worshiping communities.”

You can find out more about their program here: https://worship.calvin.edu/grants/worshiping-communities/
As well, this press release announces the full scope of the grants released this year (2020).