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December 2017
15December
Westminster,
170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada
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Adult Social Club – December Gathering

All are most welcome to join us and to bring their friends on Friday, Dec. 15, at 6:30pm. The location is: The Farm House, 268 Bradford St, Barrie ON L4N 3B8. 705-737-0522. The reservation is in the name of ‘Westminster’. Please contact Gayle Atkinson or David or Linda Holloway no later than Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017 if you would like to participate. Please let Gayle know you have the need to drop out. This is a great opportunity to socialize and enjoy some good food!

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17December
Westminster,
170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada
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Christmas Cantata

On Sunday, December 17th, the Westminster Presbyterian Choir will present “Were You There on That Christmas Night?” This is our anticipated annual Cantata. This is a Christmas musical by Lloyd Larson built around Natalie Sleeth’s popular anthem “Were You There on That Christmas Night”, and also features other traditional and contemporary songs including “All is Well” and “Welcome to our World”. Our choir has welcomed additional singers from the congregation to make this an extra special presentation.  “It was a holy night that first Christmas night; a night like none other before or since.  Come, let us worship and adore the Christ of Christmas.” The main part of our Sunday service will be this musical presentation. It features an expanded Westminster Choir which includes many people from our congregation. Plus, the congregation will be invited to join in on the singing of several Christmas favorites. It is also “White Gift Sunday.” What that means is that you’re invited to bring in donations for the Barrie Food Bank. The name comes from a tradition of bringing your gifts wrapped in white. You can certainly do that if you’d like; but it’s not necessary. We just appreciate your generosity and willingness to bless others at this important time of year. There will be nursery and Sunday School. Ensure to mark this special Sunday on your calendar as we anticipate the birth of Jesus, the Saviour of the World.

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24December
Westminster,
170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada
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A (Super) Family-Friendly Christmas Eve

This year we’re excited to invite you to A (Super) Family-Friendly Christmas Eve at Westminster. (Scroll down for a video.) It will take place from 5:30pm to 6:05pm. Why? We’re doing this because it’s really hard for people with young children to be at a 7pm service on Christmas Eve, especially with family events and early bedtimes. Therefore, we’ll gather at 5:30pm for a 35 minute service for the whole family. We will sing many of our favorite Christmas Carols and enjoy the message of the meaning of Christmas in the form of a fun puppet show. At Westminster, people love it when we turn down the lights and sing some carols (including Silent Night) in the dark. But since we want to be safe with all the little ones, we’ll do it with battery-powered tea lights instead! (They’ll be handed out as you come in the door.) We’ll also have a financial offering and give 100% of it away. The money will be used to help send kids to church-sponsored summer camps. Our traditional candlelit service remains at 7pm. You can read more about that here. Have you found that it’s tricky to go to church on Christmas Eve with little ones? And you haven’t been able to do it? Well, now you can. Come on out to our not-so Silent Night!

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24December

Traditional Candlelit Service – Christmas Eve

One of the most beautiful nights each year at Westminster is our Christmas Eve Candlelit Service. (Scroll down for a video.) It’s a warm, inviting, joyful evening when we sing our favorite carols, pray, read the story of the birth of Christ, enjoy special music by our choir, and hear a message of hope. We will also pass out candles to everyone as they enter. These represent the light of Christ. Toward the end of the service, we will turn the lights down, and light our candles, while we sing a few carols, including Silent Night, in the dark. We’ll also have a financial offering and give 100% of it away. The money will be used to help send kids to church-sponsored summer camps. You don’t want to miss this night. (Please note that this year we’re also having a second, earlier service: A (Super) Family-Friendly Christmas Eve from 5:30 to 6:05pm. You can read about it here.) These days, Christmas can be a rush. So it’s essential to remember what it’s all about on Christmas Eve, worship, and praise the newborn King! Join in. You’ll be very glad you did.

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January 2018
01January
Westminster,
170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada
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Seeking New Custodian

Contract Part-Time Custodian Position Are you interested in becoming our part-time Custodian? We are seeking a person with proven experience performing custodial duties starting January 2018. The successful candidate will provide custodial duties on Saturdays and Tuesdays which will include: • Mopping and washing floors • Cleaning kitchen counter tops, sinks, mats, toilets and urinals • Vacuuming/dusting • Keeping track of the cleaning supplies inventory Our location is 170 Steel Street, in Barrie, Ontario. Interested? A detailed job description and further information is available by contacting Judy Pringle at 705 737 1941.   About Westminster Presbyterian Church Alive with the Holy Spirit, Westminster is a Christ-Centred, Family-Friendly Church. We seek to be a relaxed-but-reverent gathering who worships with a blended style, doesn’t shy away from God’s truth, diversifies the ways people can connect, and are hungry to learn about following Jesus in today’s world. Our mission statement is succinct: “Loving God, Loving our Neighbours.” Here’s what Jesus said about the most important commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… [and] Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). That’s what we hope to do.

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31January

Church Doctrine Survey

Background Westminster Church is a part of a national denomination called The Presbyterian Church in Canada. For the past several years there has been an ongoing conversation about human sexuality and same-sex marriage. Currently, the teaching of The Presbyterian Church in Canada is that Christian marriage is between one male and one female, and that the proper place for the expression of sexual intimacy is within the bond of male-female marriage. Several overtures have been presented to the General Assembly of the denomination (the highest decision-making body) requesting a change in that teaching, and a change in how the denomination views sexuality in general. (An “overture” is a formal proposal requesting a change in doctrine or policy by a group or groups within the church.) At the same time, overtures have been presented to the General Assembly requesting that the denomination retain it’s current teaching. In 2016 there was a presbytery workshop in Elmvale about these challenging issues. And at Westminster in February 2017, there were two “fireside chats” with the congregation. At these events, the pastor outlined the issues, explained how a national denomination makes doctrinal decisions, and shared his own views about the issues. As a part of the denomination’s ongoing discernment about these challenging conversations and decisions, the Church Doctrine Committee has created an input mechanism for people to share their views. It is an online survey. The survey references three in-depth three study documents, also created by the Church Doctrine Committee, for those in the denomination to study. Here they are: Study Documents Document 1: Where from here? An exploration of possible ways forward for The Presbyterian Church in Canada on questions of human sexuality. This 3-page document provides some background and also three options for how the denomination might move forward on these issues. Document 2:…

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