First United Church in White Rock will host the fifth Community Builders series starting April 8.

First United Church in White Rock will host the fifth Community Builders series starting April 8.

White Rock series offers ‘something for everyone’

The fifth Community Builders series gets underway at First United Church in White Rock April 8.

A consortium of local churches is behind the fifth annual Community Builders series.

Each Wednesday for four weeks, starting April 8 at 7 p.m., four free programs will run simultaneously: Climate Change Changes Me, Spiritual Practices, Story Time and Card Making.

Kathy Booth of First United Church told Peace Arch News by email that the variety offered in the Community Builders series as a whole is aimed at ensuring there is “something of interest to everyone.”

The Climate Change Changes Me program will present “practical, hopeful” information about climate change and how it is changing the way people do things around the world and in White Rock.

“Most importantly, this workshop will provide options for finding our democratic voice and creating change in ourselves and our communities,” a news release states.

The four climate sessions will focus on causes and energy (April 8), transportation (April 15), food (Earth Day, April 22) and ‘finding our democratic voice’ (April 29).

“Many people are interested in learning more about this topic and the practical changes they can make,” Booth told PAN, noting it is not a “religious” program.

Spiritual Practices, led by Karen Botsford and Rev. Louise Cumings, is an opportunity to “spend some intentional time with God.”

Story Time, led by psychologist and Master of Divinity candidate Wes Buch, will feature gospel stories, new stories “and Your Story.”

“We will look for inspiration and resources for our own stories from the gospels and from newer stories that compel a plot twist,” the release states.

The Card Making program is touted as an opportunity to create and relax. Led by Andrea Soong and Val Thorner, participants will learn about making homemade cards.

All sessions will be held at First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave. To reserve a spot, email

Community Builders is being offered in partnership with Peninsula United Churches, Beacon Unitarian Church and South Fraser Unitarian Congregation.