Lenten Wednesday Gatherings

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
February 21 – March 20

Feed your body, mind, and spirit on Wednesdays during Lent. Enjoy a simple soup and sandwich dinner starting at 5:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room. Participate in weekly wellness activities hosted by the Gethsemane Mental Health & Wellness Committee, exploring ways to support wellness through connection, mindfulness, playfulness, music, and creativity. At 7:00 pm, join in a brief Lenten prayer service in the Sanctuary.

5:30-6:30 PM DINNER AND WELLNESS ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES IN THE MULTIPURPOSE ROOM

Come for a simple soup and sandwich dinner in the Multipurpose Room starting at 5:30 pm. Then participate in weekly wellness activities hosted by the Gethsemane Mental Health & Wellness Committee:

February 14 – Ash Wednesday Wellness Through Self-Compassion: NO dinner or in-person activities, but you can pick up a “Grow Your Self-Compassion” booklet in the Narthex anytime on Ash Wednesday. Begin your wellness journey during Lent with three at-home exercises to foster self-compassion.

February 21 – Wellness through Friendship: Strong friendships have a powerful impact on our health and well-being. Complete a simple friendship craft project. Gretchen from Therapy Pet Pals of Texas and her wonderful comfort dogs, Mallory and Elliot, will be on-site comforting our Gethsemane community.

February 28 – Wellness through Playfulness: Playing is just as important for adults as it is for children. Research shows that play is critical for adults’ well-being — but many of us don’t play enough anymore. Enjoy fun intergenerational play and movement activities together.

March 6 – Wellness through Mindfulness: Mindfulness offers a host of wellness benefits, and is even being used to treat mental health conditions. Explore various types of meditation, breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices. Discuss sleep hygiene best practices ahead of the start of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10.

March 13 – Wellness through Music: Listening to or making music affects the brain in ways that may help promote health and manage disease symptoms. Join Stephanie Scheffel, Gethsemane member and music therapist, for group music therapy activities and instrument exploration. Dar Krenek will also lead a sing-a-long. Singing lowers cortisol and relieves stress and tension.

March 20 – Wellness through Creativity: Science continues to reveal encouraging evidence about the mental health benefits of creativity. Learn how to create flowers from tissue paper—a medium that is both fragile and forgiving! Are you a poet and don’t know it?—Learn how to express thoughts, feelings, and observations using the poetic art of Haiku.

LENTEN “PRAYER AROUND THE CROSS” 7:00 PM SERVICE

Enjoy a simple, quiet, and reflective prayer service around the cross through chants, readings, scriptures, prayers, and the lighting of candles. All are welcome to come for this brief prayer service during the Lenten season. These services are livestreamed.

Lent is a traditional time of reflection, meditation, and preparation. Pick up a “Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent” devotional in the Narthex or request a digital copy. Every journey needs a guide – and what better guide to the 40 days of Lent than the beloved poet, Mary Oliver? Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Oliver is widely celebrated as an accessible, insightful observer of the natural world, the life of faith, and the interplay between the two. Enjoy a six-week journey with Oliver at your side, illuminating ancient passages of scripture; provoking bite-sized meditations on key Lenten themes; and pointing toward everyday practices for individuals and families.