Sunday Service – April 8

Westminster 170 Steel Street, Barrie

On April 8th at 10:01am we’ll gather together to joyfully sing, pray and marvel at God’s power and goodness. The service itself is about an hour long. No matter who you are, you’ll feel welcome and uplifted. There will be nursery and Sunday School. The Sunday School children start the service with the wider group, and then leave for Sunday School classes (divided by age) about 20 minutes into the service. During the service our pastor will ask and respond to this question: “Is there evidence for the resurrection?” After all, it’s a pretty wild claim — that someone actually came back to life after they died. So is there evidence for it? You might be surprised by the answers he shares — and you’ll most certainly have your beliefs strengthened. Easter is the main event of the Christian faith. So on this first Sunday after Easter we invite you to join in. It will be a morning of hope and worship. You’ll be glad you did.

Sunday Service – April 15

Westminster 170 Steel Street, Barrie

On April 15th at 10:01am we’ll gather together to joyfully sing, pray and marvel at God’s power and goodness. It's an "Inter-generational Service," which means that it's an "all in" experience (no Sunday School), and the service is shortened at 45 minutes in length. There will be lots of singing and some creative forms of worship, including the biblical story in the form of a puppet show. No matter who you are, you'll feel welcome and uplifted. After the service we'll also have a Ministry Fair in our Fellowship Hall. This is an opportunity to learn more about what goes on at Westminster, and also to find out about how to plug in. Let's honour God together! You’ll be glad you did.

Simplify – A teaching series at Westminster

How to SIMPLIFY your life for God’s glory and your sanity. That was a teaching series at Westminster in May 2018 led by Pastor Ruttan. Here's the gist: Life can get complicated. And that’s true no matter how old or young you are. Recently our pastor was talking to a high school student who said they were having trouble keeping their life organized and sane. Then he spoke with a retired person who said they wished they were working again so that they could get a rest! Unfortunately, many peoples' lives have been hijacked by people, priorities and purposes that are of secondary importance. And the straightforward-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? The good news is that there is. And that's the point of this 3-part teaching series. Part 1 was based on Proverbs 4:20-27 and was called "Fix Your Gaze." You can listen to the 28-minute podcast here. Part 2 was based on Exodus 20: 8-11 and was called "Tirritated." You can listen to the 32-minute podcast here. Part 3 was based on 1 Timothy 6:6-10 and was called "Less is More." You can listen to the 23-minute podcast here. Also, for the first time, there is a 12-minute video which summarizes all 3 installments. Click on the YouTube link below to watch... https://youtu.be/m92nQyS9GFc

Oops! – A new Sunday teaching series

Westminster 170 Steel Street, Barrie

-Have you ever tried to go somewhere with only half a map? -Have you ever tried to navigate a new neighbourhood with an out-of-date G.P.S. in your car? -Have you ever tried to assemble a BBQ with basic picture prompts but instructions that were in a different language? -Have you ever tried to study for a test with a text book that is 6 editions out of date? Some information can be helpful—but it can also be hurtful if we think it's the whole picture (when it's not). In life this happens all the time. We hear things like "God accepts you just the way you are" or "Nice people go to heaven when they die" or "This is the Christian thing to do" and then make a whole series of assumptions about those statements that leave us with half-truths that actually misinform, and therefore, hurt us. On July 15, 22, and 29 our pastor will lead us through a 3-part series called "Oops! - Half-truths we believe, how they hurt us, and how biblical truth can get us back on track." In it, he'll expose three 3 half-truths, identify how they hurt us, and take us into our Bibles to get us back on track for more faithful, fruitful and fulfilling lives. Oh, and he's asking you to B.Y.O.B. -- bring your own Bibles! We're going to look up some passages together, and give you the opportunity to make some notes. Have you ever tried to do a puzzle with half of the pieces missing? If so, you'll know that a part of the picture isn't the same as the whole picture---and it's also way less fulfilling. So join in. And let's grow together.

Christmas Pageant

This year's Christmas Pageant by the Westminster Presbyterian Church Sunday School will be held on Sunday, December 16th! It's called The Tale of the Three Trees, and is a creative, engaging, and inspirational telling not only of the nativity story, but of the significance of Jesus' life in general. This is an annual highlight at Westminster so be sure to be there. Not only will the congregation experience the production itself, but will get to join in with the singing of many favourite and meaningful carols. December 16th is also Mitten Tree Sunday -- this is a day when you are invited to bring in hats, mittens/gloves and scarves for the clients of the David Busby Street Centre. Let's worship God together on this celebratory and uplifting Sunday!

A (Super) Family-Friendly Christmas Eve

Westminster 170 Steel Street, Barrie

This year we’re excited to invite you to A (Super) Family-Friendly Christmas Eve at Westminster. 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. So we’ll gather at 5:30pm for a 35 minute service for the whole family. Or for anyone! 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 to help send kids to church-sponsored summer camps. Our traditional candlelit service remains at 7pm. 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!

Traditional Candlelit Christmas Eve Service

Westminster 170 Steel Street, Barrie

One of the most beautiful nights each year at Westminster is our Christmas Eve Candlelit Service. 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 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.

Sunday Service – January 20

Westminster 170 Steel Street, Barrie

(Here is our location via Google Maps.) You’re invited to join us on Sunday, January 20 at 10:01 am as we worship our amazing God! We will sing songs to God, pray, learn, and encourage one another through the journey of life. There will be nursery care, and our full Sunday School will be in operation — pre-school to high school. Recently, our pastor started a new 5-part Sunday teaching series called “Heaven & Hell – What does the Bible teach about what is true? (Instead of what we want to be true.)” On January 20th we’ll continue this important series. (If you want to see a short YouTube video introduction to the series, or catch up on Parts 1 and 2, click here.) The topic will be a difficult but important one: Hell. Let’s worship and be a part of something bigger together! https://youtu.be/Ic7mmwLc1sc

Sunday Service – February 17

Westminster 170 Steel Street, Barrie

(Here is our location via Google Maps.) You’re invited to join us on Sunday, February 17 at 10:01 am as we worship our wonderful God! Rev. Patrick will continue his series "OVERDRAFT - WHEN TOO MUCH IS TOO MUCH" with a message entitled "From Strain to Strength".  In it, he will detail how when we lean into God, He helps move us from strain to strength.  Based on the books of Matthew, Romans & Isaiah, it will sure to enrich your life and balance. We will sing songs and hymns, pray, learn biblical and eternal truths, and encourage one another. There will be nursery care, and our full Sunday School will be in operation: pre-school to high school. Let’s worship and be a part of something bigger together.

Sunday Service – March 31

Westminster 170 Steel Street, Barrie

(Here is our location via Google Maps.) You’re invited to join us on Sunday, March 31 at 10:01am as we worship God together. God is so good, loving and true that we can't not praise him! It is the fourth Sunday in Lent -- the 40 day period (excluding Sundays) that lead up to Easter. It is a time of spiritual preparation. Rev.  Allyson will deliver the fourth message in the "Vote for Pedro" series, on forgiveness. Ever ask a question and then come to regret it once you heard the answer? This week on the campaign trail Peter tries to clarify exactly how much forgiveness he might be required to offer; and chances are he did not love Jesus' response.  It even involved math.   Holding on to others' offenses can really weigh a person down. But in your wildest dreams , can you imagine what might happen if we leave those burdens behind? We will sing songs and hymns to God, pray, learn, and encourage one another. That's a significant part of what we do. There will be nursery care, and our full Sunday School will be in operation: pre-school to high school. Let’s worship and be a part of something bigger together.