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When you arrive, a greeter will say hi and give you a bulletin. They'll show you where to go and, if you need it, let you know where the Sunday School and nursery is.
We're relaxed-but-reverent. That means come comfortably but respectably dressed. Some wear golf-shirts, others wear ties. There's no dress code.
Alive with the Holy Spirit, Westminster is a Christ-Centred, Family-Friendly Church. We began in 1962–the same year as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the release of “Love Me Do” by the Beatles. We started out in the gym at Johnson Street Public School. In 1964 we marched across the field to turn the soil at our new location on Steel Street while singing “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
Westminster is a part of a denomination called The Presbyterian Church in Canada–an expression of the Christian faith which has about 1000 churches from coast to coast.
But, of course, a church isn’t a building. It’s the people of Christ, energized by the Holy Spirit. Through time Westminster has evolved. And we are so joyful that God is using us to love him and others for the healing of the world.
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). So that’s what we want to do.
Matthew is the pastor (minister) at Westminster. He is passionate about teaching and inspiring people to live out their faith in a practical way today. He's been the pastor since 2008, has been married for 16 years, and has 3 kids. He loves blogging, writing a daily devotional called ``Up!`` (www.TheUpDevo.com), and flavoured coffee. You can red more about Matthew by scrolling down. Oh, and these days he has a motto: ``Because a pulse doesn't mean you're alive.``
You can see a more complete profile of our pastor on the page called 'The Pastor' under the Home tab above.
Jenn Harris is the youngest of five children and grew up in a home where music was a big part of life. She performed her first vocal solo in her Grade 3 class, taught by Westminster’s own Dorothy MacPherson. Jenn’s love for music really took off in high school. Since then many people have been richly blessed by her gracious personality and beautiful voice which she shares not only on Sunday mornings, but as the co-director of the church’s kids’ camps. Jenn is married to her wonderful husband Aaron, and is raising two sons Jordan and Matthew.
Julie brings an enthusiastic faith, love for children and passion for learning and leading to her role at Westminster. Julie was born and raised in Stouffille, and later went to the University of Guelph for her Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Studies and an Early Childhood Educator’s Equivalency certificate. She was the children’s director for Royal Caribbean, and later completed her certificate in Autism and Behavioural Sciences at Seneca College and started working in the Barrie area with teenagers and young adults with Autism and complex special needs. Julie is married to Rodrigo and the proud mom of Gabriella and Edison. They love camping, show-shoeing, and fun, faith-filled activities.
Bethany has been our Clerk of Session since January 2018. The Clerk serves as the secretary to the monthly elders' meetings, and sometimes works with the pastor on special projects. Bethany has been a member at Westminster for many years, and was even married at Westminster to her husband Nick. Together they have four wonderful children -- three girls and a boy.
Bethany works full time as a nurse, and brings a strength of character and thoughtfulness into everything she does, whether it be at the hospital, in the home, or at the church.
Kim was born in Barrie and lived there until age 8 when she moved with her family to Preston which is now part of Cambridge. She was part of Westminster’s early days when the church was surrounded by fields when her family transferred from St. Andrews. Always a frequent visitor to the community due to family ties – she moved back to the Barrie area full-time in 2009. Rejoining Westminster has been a blessing to her – once a home, always a home. Taking on the role of Coordinator of Congregational Life after a lifetime working in financial services is a labour of love and worship. Kim is married, has three grown children and three amazing grandchildren.
Oversight – Westminster’s mission and programs are overseen by nine elders who are elected from and by the congregation. They provide leadership along with the pastor. In June 2016 we adopted a new ‘oversight structure’ to help in this process. You can read about the Oversight Areas here: Oversight Areas 2018 02 W
Care – There is a pastoral care team that tries to prayerfully care for the congregation in light of life’s challenges. They do this through prayer and visitation.
Finances – A stewardship team meets monthly to oversee the financial well-being of the church.
Building – A team oversees the well-being of the building and property to ensure we can carry out our location-specific ministries well.