10:01 am. 170 STEEL STREET, BARRIE

February 5, 2023

Joy. How do we find it when we don’t feel it? In the midst of their own sadness because of his imminent departure, Jesus told his disciples that their “hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” Likewise, we wonder how we can be joyful when we are surrounded by so much hardship and pain. This is our theme on Sunday as we explore John 16:4-24. How can we find joy when we don’t feel it?

We will also learn a new memory verse (1 John 4:4). There will be Sunday School ministry (now divided into three age groups) and nursery care. We will sing and pray together, have fellowship, and be fix our eyes on the only One who is able to sustain and guide us!

The service is at 10:01 am in-person and online via YouTube.

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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