2017 Wednesday Nights at West End

We hope you are already making plans to join us in the fall for Wednesday Nights at West End. Our weekly Wednesday programming will resume at the end of August, and we are excited about what is in store for this year. With a new caterer, an extended meal time, and fresh opportunities for spiritual formation, there will be something for everybody.

The evenings will kick off at 5 p.m. with dinner prepared and served by Barley to Rise. This year, dinner will be served until 6:30 p.m. to allow plenty of time to enjoy food and fellowship. RSVP below to let us know if you plan to be there. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. 

In addition to meals, several classes will be open and available each week beginning at 6 p.m. for anyone who wishes to participate. These options will include a weekly study with the pastors and a mindfulness group. You can read more about these classes below. Wednesday nights at West End will begin on August 23 with dinner and a kickoff event for all ages. Classes and Children’s Choirs begin on August 30. We hope to see you there!

A Preview of Upcoming Wednesday Night Classes

  • An Hour with the Pastor – Join one of West End’s pastors each week for a lively study and discussion based on her or his current area of interest. Rev. Carol Cavin-Dillon will lead our first series of discussions entitled “Six Weeks of Sabbath.” Pastor Cavin-Dillon will share her insights about the practice of Sabbath and its central role in maintaining a healthy and robust life of faith. In addition to being an excellent opportunity for spiritual growth, this six-week series offers an opportunity to learn more about Pastor Carol. 
  • Cultivating Mindfulness – Guest facilitator Mary Agee will lead participants in weekly mindfulness exercises. These activities will be designed to foster a sense of wonder about our place in God’s creation and a calm attentiveness to our present lives. These classes will be suitable for persons new to mindfulness practices as well as those with previous experience. They may also be of interest to persons who have participated in one of West End’s mindfulness workshops and would like further practice.

More About Barley to Rise - Our New Caterer
Chef Chris Burgess moved to Nashville with his parents Donah and Roger Burgess in 1978. He joined West End UMC while attending Belmont University on a Danner Food Service Scholarship. After college, Chris began building his culinary “chops” in some of Nashville’s most well-known restaurants and hotels including the Hyatt Regency, Chancellor’s at the Vanderbilt Plaza, and Maude’s Courtyard Restaurant to name a few.

In 1992, Chris and his wife Sharon moved their young family to the eastern shore of Maryland to pursue Chris’s first executive chef position at the Harbor Town Resort in St. Michael’s. They returned to Tennessee in 1996 and settled in Mt. Juliet to raise their growing family. Over the next 20 years in Nashville, Chris helped develop and operate several successful restaurants including two of his own: The Factory Grill and Bicyclette Cafe and Wine.

Chris is now the managing partner of Barley to Rise: a catering company focussed in southern heritage and modern American cuisine. Barley to Rise offers its catering services to several of Nashville’s church communities, businesses, private clients, and other non-profits. Chris and his partner Gairdt Edwards will be heading up the food ministries at West End in the fall.

2017-18 Children's Choirs
The Children’s Choirs are for children age 4 (by August 15) through grade 6. Regular rehearsals are on the 4th Floor each Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Every child’s voice is a gift, and the words they learn to sing will be with them throughout their lives strengthening the foundation of their faith. By participating in choir, children are introduced to different aspects of music including drums, boomwhackers, handchimes, our pipe organ, and more.  

Join us on August 23 for the kick off event, and regular rehearsals begin August 30. If you would like more information about the Children’s Choirs, contact Andrew Risinger at or 615.983.8821. You can pre-register your child at