10:01 am. 170 STEEL STREET, BARRIE

October 2, 2022

There are several things happening this Sunday at Westminster:

-We share the Sacrament of Communion near the start of the service when we are all together as a church family. (See resource below for youth.) Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

-We will have a special financial offering for the Deacon’s Fund. This is something we do everytime we celebrate Communion; it is a fund which provides financial support for people who are struggling either inside or outside of the congregation. There are application forms and a committee who oversees it. Feel free to mark ‘Deacon’s Fund’ on a portion of your offering or with your online gift.

-You can bring in items for the Barrie Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Appeal. (See separate announcement.)

-We will be blessed in singing, prayer, Sunday School, nursery care, fellowship… and each other!

-Pastor Ruttan will teach on John 10:22-42 and how we hear Jesus’ voice as the Good Shepherd when we can’t physically hear it. It has to do with how we discern the voice of God. He will share four Scriptural steps.


On Sunday, Communion (also called The Lord’s Supper) occurs right after the kids’ time segment. Anyone who trusts in the Lord Jesus–they, along with their children or grandchildren–are welcome to participate. We encourage parents or grandparents with young people to take time beforehand to discuss its meaning so that they can understand what is happening as they are able. Pastor Ruttan will also provide an explanation before we begin. Here’s a 1-pager to help:

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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

At Westminster on Sunday Morning there is Kids and Youth Ministry (Sunday School) for those aged pre-school to the end of high school.

Worship and Time with the Pastor

The Children and Youth stay in the sanctuary to worship at the start of the service and then have a time with the Pastor (called Kids’ Time) about 15 minutes into the start of the service. Then they head into two different groups.

What Happens Then?

There is an older group and a younger group. The younger groups begins at age 4. If you’re new, the teachers will tell you which class to be a part of.


This involves a time of learning a biblical story, an age-appropriate discussion and an activity to reinforce the meaning. The classes are over when the service is over. At that time, youth re-connect with their parent(s) or caregivers.

All children and youth are welcome and encouraged to join us downstairs for some faith, fun and friendship! At the same time, if they are old enough and would like to engage with the worship service, they may stay there as well.

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.


We 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

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