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Wednesday 6pm; currently online only.

During the school year, September through April, a highlight of the week is to join in worship on Wednesday evenings as a part of Wednesdays @ the Well. This multi-sensory worship for all ages incorporates a casual environment great for the middle of the week recharge. People of all ages and all faith traditions are welcome to this midweek ministry that is a part of Sheridan’s Wednesdays @ the Well. This 30-minute service is a great complement or alternative to weekend worship and The Lord’s Supper is served once a month.

Worship Series: Dis-Connect

young person in front of a computer. The word Dis-Connect is written behind.

When smartphone technology first emerged, social scientists were worried.  It seemed that children were getting their hands on phones at earlier and earlier ages, and parents were allowing them to do so, as the smartphone is a pretty helpful means to keep a kid occupied.  A concerted effort was made to have parents limit a child’s exposure to technology.  Hmm.  How’s that going?  

In these days of pandemic, our kids may be, for the first time, exhausted from over-exposure to the devices in their lives.  (Hooray!)  And while the research we have still shows significant challenges for our children regarding their relationship to technology, it is not going anywhere, so we better figure this out!

In his book, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, Dr. Vivek Murthy speaks to the latest social science research that shows that, while not all technology is harmful for all kids, for some it can be devastating.  Even more, all children will be challenged in certain ways because of technology.  

Key to this conversation is the development of Emotional Intelligence in children and the ways in which all kids are harmed by too much screen time.

In these days of pandemic, while we all, including our kids, are looking for reasons to put down the device and get away from a screen (!), we will look at reasons why parents should make time for kids to grow apart from all devices.  Not surprising, Jesus has some pretty good things to say about most of the ways we should grow!

We will use what is called the RULER, to look at our emotional intelligence.

Series Scripture Readings for Worship & Sermon Topics

September 16: Recognizing Emotions – John 11: 30-36

Jesus was certainly in tune with his emotions, but many people are not, and understanding how we feel is one of the most important skills we need for a fulfilled life.  Sadly, communication through device fails to capture the emotion behind the words.  And this can lead to lots of weeping!

September 23: Understanding Emotions – Matthew 7:1-12

Jesus was pretty clear that we must understand our own emotions.  Not doing so brought some sharp words.  If we understand our emotions and can act on them, it sets in place treating others the way God intends.  How we use technology is really about how we want our children (and us) to relate to the rest of the world.

September 30: Labeling Emotions – Matthew 2:1-11

In Mark’s Gospel, the human side of Jesus is emphasized. He compassionately heals the sick and suffering. In Jesus’ day, people rarely spoke about emotions. We hear not only the emotions Jesus felt, but that he was aware of them. Our technology today provides so much to be distracted by that all of us, especially children, do not take time to understand the emotions we feel. Knowing this, Jesus would have compassion for us.

October 7: Expressing Emotions – John 15:12-17

In one of his most famous conversations, Jesus expresses his love for his disciples. We see Jesus being more open and honest than in any other place in scripture. Jesus did not waste the moment. He wanted to ensure that his “friends” knew how much he cares for them – and us! Social media gives us an unlimited place to express ourselves, but can we do so in ways that are a true reflection of how we feel? 

October 14: Regulating Emotions – Luke 4:1-13

Jesus was tempted in ways we cannot understand in today’s world. We have so much of what we need, yet it is not that we have few temptations, in fact, we have more! Being able to show self-control and manage our emotions is the key to being able to build healthy relationships, achieve greater well-being and attain the goals we set for ourselves. Sadly, many use the anonymity of their online presence to lose control of their emotions and our world has been damaged because of it.