THIS SUNDAY

10:01 am. 170 STEEL STREET, BARRIE


December 16


(Here is our location via Google Maps.)

This year’s Christmas Pageant by the Westminster Presbyterian Church Sunday School will be held on Sunday, December 16th! Our service starts at 10:01am.

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. Keep them with you and you can put them on our Mitten Tree at the front of the sanctuary during a designated time during the service.

Let’s worship God together on this celebratory and uplifting Sunday!

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

Get Directions via Google Maps


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!

Classes

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

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."

    Mandy
    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.

    Colin
    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.”

    Carmen
    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

    Jeff
    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.