10:01 am. 170 STEEL STREET, BARRIE

December 17

On Sunday, December 17th, we’ll gather together at 10:01am to praise God, the Maker of heaven and earth!

On this special Sunday, Westminster Presbyterian Choir will present “Were You There on That Christmas Night?” This is our anticipated annual Cantata.

It’s 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.

The nursery will be open; and in the Sunday School we will have our popular Sunday Buddies program–a time where, once a month, all the different ages work together on an engaging biblical theme. This month it is the coming of Christ at Christmas, but also the second coming of Christ.

Ensure to mark this special Sunday on your calendar as we anticipate the birth of Jesus, the Saviour of the World.

Service Times

Sunday Worship

Sunday 10:01 a.m.

How do I get there?

We’re on Steel Street in Barrie, between Johnson and Duckworth. If you’re coming from the 400 highway, take the Duckworth exit, head east, and turn left on Steel when you see the sign. You may want to click on the ‘Get directions via Google Maps’ link above and type in your address for exact coordinates.

Where We meet

Westminster Church

170 Steel Street, Barrie, ON L4M 2G4

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What should I wear?

Different people wear different things. Some wear golf shirts, some wear shirts and ties. A good approach is to come comfortably but respectably dressed.

Sunday School

[The description that follows is for most Sundays. However, note that on December 17th we’ll be having our popular Sunday Buddies program — a time where, once a month, all the different ages work together on an engaging, biblical theme. On December 17th it will be the first coming of Christ (at Christmas), but also the second coming.]

After a time with the pastor called “kids time” (about 15 minutes into the service), the children go downstairs for Sunday School.

First, there is a Toddler Group. This group sings songs, makes crafts and plays games in a way that is fun and sensitive to their age.

The older children divide into two groups.

The Junior Group (children roughly 4 years old to Grade 3) follow a curriculum called Gospel Light. The children participate in discussion, Bible stories and crafts as they learn about Jesus’ love. During Sunday School they are welcomed as integral members of God’s family.

Recently children have also been encouraged to bring a small financial offering (perhaps some change or a few dollars) to put toward some self-chosen mission projects. This encourages in the children a sense of stewardship and concern for people who need our help.

The Senior Group (children roughly Grade 4 to 8) also follow the Gospel Light curriculum and engage in many of the same activities as the younger group. However, because of the age difference, there is more discussion and the activities are geared to a more mature age level.

Westminster is dedicated to providing a loving and safe environment for all of the children in our congregation. To help us in this regard we are in the process of implementing the Presbyterian Church’s nation-wide Leading With Care policy.


nursery church 2015 10We have a nursery available for kids up to 3 years old (roughly) and you can feel free to drop them off before the service begins. Just ask the greeter at the door where to go.

Our nursery helpers are there at 9:45am and are a friendly and loving group. It’s a bright, inviting space located down the stairs at the back of the sanctuary.

A Few Thoughts

  • "What I was looking for was a biblically based church with some liturgy; and evidence that the Holy Spirit was active."

    Mom, nurse, prayer warrior, music lover
  • The Spirit is definitely at work in this place. Westminster is a great place for families with children of all ages to feel welcome and to grow.

    Dad, husband, teacher
  • “As soon as I came I felt the warmth. And what happens during the service always encourages me and somehow speaks to me for the coming week.”

    Mom, volunteer
  • Westminster - Where we welcomed the Holy Spirit into our lives, were given peace, and also the strength to cope with illness.

    Dave & Val
  • As for me and my house, Westminster has become a place of peace, a place of learning, and a place of development

    Dad, husband, financial guru

From The Blog

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