Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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The changes in worship format that have been necessary during 2020 have had at least one wonderful side effect—as congregations were forced to go online, people with disabilities and families that include children, youth, and young adults with disabilities were finally able to participate and be a part of the worship service. Now online worship is here to stay.
This course will explore alternative and creative ways to engage and inspire congregations in this new time of doing worship that also includes people with disabilities. Because many rural areas do not have access to internet, the structure of the material proposed can be used for an online or in-person format.
Harriet has written the planner Engage and Inspire: Worship Planning and Ideas for 2021. Included are outlines for outside worship, for podcasts or video recordings, and a prayer and fellowship that can be in person or online through an online video conferencing platform. In this course, we will work together planning worship services for the Season of Lent and Easter Sunday.
Learners will be required to obtain a copy of the following book:
Additional Materials will be provided to download or look up online.
This course will run for 6 weeks and is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Harriet Wilkin has been called into ministry to be bring the Gospel message of love, hope, peace, and joy. She knows what it means for a community of faith to come together to support one another and to support the local community. Harriet has served both rural and urban congregations. Harriet believes that through community and through inter-generational ministry the Holy Spirit is working to bring the message of Christ’s redeeming love to all.
Harriet has two bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Divinity degree. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Critical Communications. Upon completing her Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology in 2015, Harriet was appointed to her first church as solo-pastor in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Harriet has been studying Spiritual Formation, and she continues to study a variety of topics that include religion, leadership, business, and communications.
Harriet’s early days in ministry revolved around Christian program/ ministry development for children, youth, and young adults. She has experience of nearly 20 years working as a volunteer or staff person in the local church. Harriet has also worked at an Easter Seal camp working with various age groups with disabilities.
God has given Harriet the following skills: organizational skills, administration/ business skills, teacher/ preacher, building or re-building programs/ ministries, visitation ministry, small group facilitator, writing ministry resources for all age groups, passion about inter-generational ministry, developing ministry support for those with disabilities and their families, support group for Caregivers, support for First Responders, Veterans, and their families, organize/ plan worship services, and researching for materials that can be used in a ministry setting. She enjoys being creative with ministry and trying new and exciting ministries that offer support and outreach to all who are searching for a deeper connection with Christ.
Harriet’s website is: https://hwilkin.wixsite.com/hwministries