Adult Spiritual Formation

For Your Mind

Explorers

Sundays, 9:00am, Adult Room
This class provides a variety of different discussions for adults including Bible studies, contemporary theology, book studies, and issues current in church and society. Class members enjoy a variety of facilitators and lively discussion each week. Learn more

Contemporary Issues

Sundays, 10:30am, Adult Room
This class is for anyone who wishes to discuss in-depth contemporary issues that challenge us as Christians. Current books, articles plus participation from those attending combine for stimulating discussions each week. Learn more

Living the Questions Retreats

Are you looking for ways to nurture your spirituality? Or an opportunity to explore a progressive Christian orientation, focused on Jesus yet open to other paths to the sacred? Living the Questions is a video-based program featuring premier religion voices of our day. Join Marcus Borg, Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, Matthew Fox, John Dominic Crossan, and a host of others in a weekend format facilitated by Pastor Jeff (co-author of Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity). The $25 registration fee for each Fri (6:30-9:00pm) & Sat (9:00am-2:00pm) retreat experience includes a copy of the book (1st session only) and Saturday lunch.

 

Time to Wonder

Do you come to the middle of the week and wonder how the days have passed so quickly? Do you sometimes yearn for some quiet time in the midst of your busy schedule? Do you seek to renew the sense of awe and wonder in your life? If any of these stir your inner being, join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the Library. We will share a time for spiritual formation where we can come closer to a deeper relationship with God. Led by Rev. Shirley Wells, we will seek to find the “Time to Wonder” through Scripture, prayer, lectio divina, and/or a book study. Come and join us!

Wednesday Evening Fellowship

This five-week program offers food, fellowship and classes for all ages! Occurring in the fall and spring, dinner is at 5:30pm, followed by choir and classes. Sign-ups are available each session.  Childcare is available.

Living the Questions

ltqlogoLiving the Questions is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring what’s next for Christianity.

For Your Body

Yoga

Tuesdays at 8:45am and 6:00pm in the Media Center

We practice “gentle yoga” here at Dayspring. Yoga was designed to prepare the body, mind and spirit for meditation. By using deep breathing and movement in yoga and Chi Kung postures we come to a place of stillness at the end of our time together. The body and mind need quiet time for healing. Yoga helps us to get to a place where we connect with our inner self. It is our God connection, that’s the meditation….just listen. Anyone is welcome at any time. We modify the practice for your needs.

CPR/First Aid Clinics

These classes enable participants to receive certification from the American Heart Association and are scheduled on a periodic basis. Watch for upcoming class information. “Save a Life – Take a Class.”

Medical Closet

Items such as walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, and shower chairs are available to people on a short-term basis, if not available through insurance. Contact the Church Office for more information.

Flu/Pneumonia Shot Clinic

Each fall, flu shots are available for adults who want to reduce their risk of contacting or transmitting this potentially life-threatening disease. Cost is minimal/free with Medicare A or B.

For Your Soul

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministries trains and organizes lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around our congregation. Lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministers help pastors provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it. Email StephenMinisters@dayspring-umc.org for more information about this confidential ministry.

Prayer Team

The family at Dayspring is a support group for not only our membership, but the community-at-large. A significant portion of that support comes from our prayers. This group prays for our community individually as well as communally. Coordination of this group ensures prayer requests are met and all prayers are kept confidential.

AA/Al-Anon/AA Teens

Alcoholics Anonymous – Sundays at 4:00pm, Media Center.
AA Teens – Sundays at 4:00pm and 5:10pm, Room 202
Al-Anon – Sundays at 5:10pm in the Media Center

PFLAG

Meets the first Friday of the month at 7:00pm in the Adult Room.

Crisis Response

The Dayspring church family not only supports the happy moments but also the tragic or difficult moments. This group organizes memorial receptions. They respond on short notice.

Meal Ministry

We understand that there may come a time when an individual or family experiences a particular hardship and needs the loving support of family, friends, and the body of Christ. Our Meal Ministry can provide meals to people in need or crisis; to be a blessing to families who are welcoming a new child into their home; to be a comfort in time of loss and grief; and to provide a tangible opportunity for church members to express their love and care for our church body and local community.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Last Wednesday of month, 11:00am in the Adult Room
Throughout time, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance.  The members have lovingly donated their time and talents by creating hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need.  Prayer Shawls provide healing and comfort to the sick, the lonely and the elderly.  In addition, members have knitted children’s sweaters for Guideposts’ Knit for Kids program and DIY Networks’ initiative with the Warm Up America organization. All are welcome, beginners too!

Other Hands

Other Hands is currently assisting at Westchester Care Center, located on Rural Road, just north of Guadalupe Road.  Residents may have sewing, ironing, letters to be written, or some other need.  The center may have planned some scheduled events, such as arts and crafts, story time or Bingo.  Sometimes the resident just needs to talk to someone.  Volunteers can also come on their own to visit those residents they have made contact with at the center.  Some may go to play cards, others to read or to take a walk.

Quilters

Second Wednesday of month, 9:00am-2:00pm in the Adult Room
This group is committed to making blankets and quilts for victims of domestic violence and other children in need.  Quilting experience is not necessary.  If you want to help, there are several ways you can share you talent and love: join the group the second Wed. Of month from Sept. through may, make a blanket of quilt at home to donate, or donate supplies to the group such as 100% cotton or flannel fabrics, batting, or crochet thread.