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December 2018

16December

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!

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23December
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Christmas Cantata!

Please join us on Sunday, December 23 at 10:01 am for the fourth Sunday of Advent as we worship the living God! The main part of our service will be the annual Christmas Cantata! Our expanded 28 voice choir of adults and youth presents "The Angels Are Singing", a tapestry of beautiful songs that will remind us of why the angels sang on that first Christmas night and why we still sing about Jesus today! Featuring modern Christmas songs by Chris Tomlin and Francesca Battistelli, along with familiar carols, this cantata will be sure to start your Christmas week off on a special note. Please note that our bright, welcoming nursery will be in operation, as will our full Sunday School program (preschool to high school). It is also White Gift Sunday. This is an opportunity to bring in food items for the annual Barrie Food Bank Drive. The name comes from a tradition of wrapping the gifts/donations in white -- but it's not required. This is a very real and tangible way we can help others at this special time of year. Let's honour God and be a part of something bigger together!

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24December
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

A (Super) Family-Friendly Christmas Eve

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 a well-deserving local cause. 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!

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24December
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

Traditional Candlelit Christmas Eve Service

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 a local, deserving cause. 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 2019

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

Heaven & Hell – a new teaching series

On January 6, 2018, we'll be starting a new Sunday teaching series at Westminster. It's called "Heaven & Hell - What does the Bible teach about what is true? (Instead of what we want to be true.)" Here's the backstory: A 2007 Gallup poll revealed that 81% of people believe in heaven, but only 69% believe in hell. That seems strange. But it’s also very telling. We like to believe in things we like, but not in things we don’t. We like heaven. But we don't like hell, right? But the Bible talks about them both. They are taken seriously. They are reality. The Scottish theologian James Denney did a survey of Jesus’ teaching and found that 13% referred to judgment or hell. Speaking about final judgment in Matthew 25:46 Jesus said that some people will “go into eternal life,” but others “will go away into eternal punishment.” And yet, we often close our eyes and ears to this reality simply because we don’t like it. If judgment isn’t real why did Jesus talk about it? If hell isn’t real why did Jesus talk about it? Plus, what is heaven like? Is it boring like the T.V. commercials suggest? Or is it much more? If faithfulness, forgiveness, and love don’t matter, why did Jesus make them central to his teaching and work? And, perhaps most importantly of all, what does the Bible teach about who goes where? At the heart of this series is a pastoral and loving concern to teach what is true (and not just what we want to be true). That's why we'll open the Bible, and take very seriously what it says. We are to live wisely—not based on what we want to be true, but on what actually is. Join in. This may be one of the most important…

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April 2019

28April
Westminster, 170 Steel Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 2G4 Canada

New or Newish Evening

On Sunday, April 28th from 6:30 to 7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall we are hosting a ‘New or Newish to Westminster Evening.’ It’s an evening of coffee, juice and snacks to help people who feel they are new or “newish” to the congregation to learn more about the church, how it works, and the different ministries and programs. There area lot of new faces around the church. Maybe you’re one of them! Some people feel new after a week or two. But some even feel new after a few years! We held a similar evening in November 2018. Since it was such a success, we are holding another one in spring of 2019. It will be a friendly and informative evening led by Kim Sanderson, our Coordinator of Congregational Life, and Pastor Ruttan. There will be a short presentation and a time for some Q and A’s. Consider yourself invited!

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