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April 2018
29April
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Congregational Survey

Every adult or young adult who considers Westminster their church home is invited to complete this survey. It will take about 10 minutes to fill out. We plan on using this input to help us create a more accurate picture of how we might help the congregation in their walk with God. A summary of the survey results will be made available to the congregation. We are asking that you complete this survey by April 29. If possible please complete it online here through the link provided on this page. For those who don’t have access to the internet, please return in person to the church office which is open from Wednesday to Friday, from 9am to noon. On Sunday mornings you can return it to the Welcome Desk in the front foyer. If you have any questions please speak with Steve Sainsbury (stevesainsbury1@gmail.com / 798-2056) HERE'S THE SURVEY: (function(t,e,s,n){var o,a,c;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||,c=e.createElement(s),c.type="text/javascript",c.async=!0,c.id=n,c.src=.join(""),a.parentNode.insertBefore(c,a))})(window,document,"script","smcx-sdk"); Create your own user feedback survey

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29April
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Sunday Service – April 29

On April 29th at 10:01am we’ll gather together to joyfully sing, pray and marvel at God’s power and goodness. The nursery will be open, and we'll have the popular Sunday Buddies program in the Sunday School -- a time where, once a month, the children and youth of different ages work and learn together on an important biblical theme. In the service, our pastor will start a 2-part mini-series called "Common Bond: The collapse of community in a consumer world, and the call of community in Christ's." Have you ever noticed how connecting with others is getting more difficult, and how communities are less close-knit, how fewer people know their neighbours, and how more people are lonely even though they're surrounded by thousands of people? Yup, it's a huge cultural shift... and problem. So on Sunday we'll explore why that is, and also the kind of community Christ calls us to be as his followers. Not only is it necessary, but it's a source of great hope! After the service there will also be a short congregational gathering. Every 5 years the Presbytery of Barrie (Westminster’s overseeing body) sends a special team to inquire about the well-being and life of the congregation. This time will be led by the Visitation Team (chaired the Rev. Dr. Karen Horst) and will be an opportunity to respond to questions and ask them. No matter who you are, you'll feel welcome and uplifted. Let's honour God together! You’ll be glad you did. https://youtu.be/j-umbISnLpo

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29April

Youth Group at Alt Rock

On Sunday, April 29th our Jr Youth Group gathering will be at Alt Rock for a rock-climbing adventure! Usually we meet at the church but this is a special event. We'll meet from 2 to 3:30pm, and if you have any questions, and for further information about the forms that need to be filled out ahead of time, please speak with our Youth Coordinator Julie Cunha. It's going to be a great time of fun and fellowship together!

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May 2018
01May
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Parents and Tots Playgroup Resumes

Do you spend your Tuesday mornings with preschoolers? Then join in from 10 to 11:30 at Westminster! Our Parents and Tots Playgroup is resuming on Tuesday mornings until the end of June. Then we'll take a break for the summer. We have a bright room filled with fine and gross motor toys. Just bring your little person/people and a healthy, nut-free snack to share. Kids will love it and adults will love the warm community and coffee. We look forward to seeing you!

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04May
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Scott Woods Concert

On Friday, May 4th at 7pm Westminster Church welcomes Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods and his band! In 2018 Scott's show is called "Fiddling Up A Storm!" This exciting show features lots of fancy instrumentals, trick fiddling, smooth vocals plus sensational step-dancing. You may hear what resembles a hurricane or twister in the flying fingers of Grand Master Fiddle Champion Scott Woods, or even the 'calm before the storm' with a plaintive melody. The doors open at 6pm, and seating is on a first-come first-served basis. It's always a popular event so don't delay! Tickets are $25 per adult and $10 per child. You can get your tickets at the Westminster Church office (170 Steet Street) from 9am to noon from Wednesday to Friday (by cash or cheque only), or by calling 705-728-0541. You can also order and pay by phone with Visa or MasterCard by calling the Scott Woods Band Office at 1-855-726-8896. Get ready for a storm to blow through town... a "fiddle storm" that is!

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06May
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Sunday Service – May 6

On May 6th at 10:01am we’ll gather together to joyfully sing, pray and marvel at God’s power and goodness. The nursery will be open, and so will the Sunday School. In the service, our pastor will continue with Part 2 in a mini-series called “Common Bond: The collapse of community in a consumer world, and the call of community in Christ’s.” Have you ever noticed how connecting with others is getting more difficult, and how communities are less close-knit, how fewer people know their neighbours, and how more people are lonely even though they’re surrounded by thousands of people? Yup, it’s a huge cultural shift… and problem. So on we’ll explore why that is, and also the kind of community Christ calls us to be as his followers. The emphasis on May 6th will be on creating authentic community which is distinctly Christian in nature. A part of the reason why the power of community can be undermined in our highly individualistic culture (including in churches) is because we haven't paid close enough attention to what community and fellowship looks like in the New Testament. So that's what we'll explore. We'll also have a coffee and sugar drive for the David Busby Street Centre, and introduce May's Orange Idea during the kids' time. Plus, we'll have another Ministry Fair after the service. There will be different displays and tables set up in the Fellowship Hall so people can learn more about the different things happening in the church, and also find out about how to plug in and connect. Let’s honour God together! You’ll be glad you did.

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06May
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Ministry Fair – Part 2

Right after the worship service on April 22nd we had a "Ministry Fair." And we're having another one on May 6th. As many of you know, Westminster continues to grow -- both spiritually and numerically. So there can sometimes be uncertainty about all the things the church does. So the Ministry Fair will be a time in the Fellowship Hall when and where there will be different areas set up for you to learn more about different programs in the church. Many of you have also been asking how to get plugged in or get involved. This might help you with some ideas. There will also be a church-wide survey which will help you know what's happening, and will provide you with a mechanism to get connected and find out more information about programs that interest you. Join in!

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13May
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Sunday Service – May 13

On Sunday, May 13th at 10:01am we gather to worship our generous and amazing God! It's Mother's Day! - so we will give a carnation to every lady in the congregation as they come in, and we will be blessed by the annual Men's Chorus (so that the ladies can have a break). The nursery and Sunday School will be open. And during the kids' time, the pastor and youth coordinator will introduce May's Orange Idea -- an idea to help individuals and families live out their faith in the home. During the sermon, our pastor will start a series of messages called "Simplify - How to simplify your life for God's glory and your sanity." Here's what he says about it: "Life can get crazy! And that's true no matter how old or young you are. Recently I was talking to a high school student who said they were having trouble keeping their life organized and sane. Then I spoke with a retired person who said they wished they were working again so that they could get a rest! Unfortunately, many people lives have been hijacked by people, priorities and purposes that are of secondary importance. And the simple-but-problematic truth is that many of us struggle with layers of complexity that have somehow crept into our existence. So wouldn't it be great if we could be helped by biblical principles which simplify our lives? That's the plan. The result can be a simplified life for God's glory and your sanity." Join in. It will be a great Sunday to worship God together!

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15May
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

High-Q, May 15

From March to June Westminster is running a trial project. It’s a high school study from 3 to 3:45pm on Tuesdays at Westminster. The timing coincides with the end of the school day at Eastview Secondary School. (Westminster is a short walk from Eastview -- students can travel south down Nelson then east along Steel. It takes a little under 10 minutes to walk.) We'll meet in the main-level Library, a bright room right at the front door. The time will be led by Pastor Ruttan. The name "High-Q" comes from what it is about. Yes, it's a bit of a word play on "IQ" because high school students will be respected as thinking adults. More specifically, it's a HIGH school-aged study which is based on the Questions of students themselves, the Bible, and apologetics (understanding/explaining the faith). Plus, there will be (good) snacks! The first High-Q gathering was on March 6th at 3pm. The last for this trial period will be June 19th. At each gathering, Pastor Ruttan will explain what it's about, and students will be invited to submit questions through an anonymous box system. That will determine what we'll talk about the next week. If you have any questions please speak with Rev. Ruttan. You can get in touch with the form below.

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20May
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Sunday Service – May 20

On Sunday, May 20th at 10:01am we gather to worship our generous and amazing God! The nursery will be open. And in the Sunday School we'll have the Sunday Buddies program. This month will be on the theme of relationships and friendship. There will be a game, puzzle and small group component. Plus, if the weather is nice enough, some of it will be outside! During the sermon, our pastor will continue a series of messages called “Simplify – How to simplify your life for God’s glory and your sanity.” Here’s what he says about it: “Life can get crazy! And that’s true no matter how old or young you are. Recently I was talking to a high school student who said they were having trouble keeping their life organized and sane. Then I spoke with a retired person who said they wished they were working again so that they could get a rest! Many of us struggle with complexity in our lives. So wouldn’t it be great if we could be helped by biblical principles which simplify our lives? That’s the plan. The result can be a simplified life for God’s glory and your sanity.” Part 1 was called "Fix Your Gaze" and centred on Proverbs 4:20-27 and the importance of setting priorities. On May 20th we'll explore "learning how to rest." We'll spend time with the commend to rest (as a part of the 10 commandments) and why it's important. We'll also explore 4 steps to help made godly rest a reality in our modern, busy lives. Plus, we'll sing a few praise songs and hymns, pray together, and encourage one another on the path of Christian faith. Join in. It will be a strong Sunday to worship God together!

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