10:01 am. 170 STEEL STREET, BARRIE

December 5, 2021

On Sunday, December 5th we worship the living God on the 2nd Sunday in Advent.

Music Director Jenn Harris and Pastor Ruttan are feeling better! 🙂 Thank you for all the prayers!

We sing, pray and light the candle of peace. Pastor Ruttan will lead us through Communion (if you’re at home, have your bread and wine and/or juice ready), and the coordinator of our small groups and home church initiative, Henna Kim, will preach a message on an enigmatic text: Ezekiel 17:1-24. Laura Ruttan will join in for the kids’ time, and we will have the Q and A Forum after the service. As is our custom on Communion Sundays, you are invited to share a financial offering for the Deacon’s Fund, a fund which helps those struggling inside and outside the church. It is also the first drop-off day for our Toy Drive.

We honour our coming King!

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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 in the bulletin) about 15 minutes into the start of the service. Then they head downstairs.

What Happens Downstairs?

As soon as the children and youth venture downstairs, they gather together and Laura Ruttan (Sunday School Coordinator), leads everyone in “The Vital Verse” (a.k.a. the verse of the month).  Beginning September 9th, we will be memorizing John 14:15.  Ask your child to teach it to you!


After this short time, we break into 4 classes:

1. Pre-K to SK

2. Grade 1 to Grade 3

3. Grade 4 to Grade 6

4. “Connect” – Grade 7 to Grade 12

What Do They Do?

Each class focuses on a bible story, and/or a verse from scripture.

  • The youngest children often make art projects to help solidify their learning.  A time of play is also incorporated into the youngest class.
  • Older students engage in games, plays and/or activities that help to deepen their faith and understanding of the bible.
  • Our most mature group, called “Connect,” is discussion-based and helps youth connect faith with today’s world.  Guest speakers from our own congregation will regularly take part in this group, sharing how faith shapes their personal and work life.

All children and youth are welcome and encouraged to join us downstairs for some faith, fun and friendship!

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

“A pulse doesn’t mean you’re alive.” Here are a few of the latest blogs by our pastor, Matthew Ruttan.

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