VINE GROUPS


This is our small groups program at Westminster. It’s the place to go if you want to grow. Click on the short animated video below to learn more:



Through the week, small groups (which at Westminster are called “Vine Groups”) discuss the sermon and Bible reading from the previous Sunday.

Our next session, begins the week of May 5th will run for a 6 week period with a break the week of May 20th.   Each week you can come to this page and click on the sermon below to hear what the groups will be discussing. If you are interested in learning more about small groups, you can contact Kim Sanderson, our Coordinator of Congregational Life, who oversees the program: kim@westminsterpc.ca

Q AND A

What is this?

Westminster has a small groups program. The groups meet throughout the week in different people’s homes (and one group meets at the church). These groups are called “Vine Groups.” They’re designed to help you grow spiritually through small group discussion. It’s also a great place to connect with others and receive and give encouragement. It’s the place to go if you want to grow.

What does the name mean?

The name “Vine Groups” are taken from Jesus’ words in John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

When does it run?

The groups run in chunks of time. We just had a break but are resuming the week of  May 5th. This current session will run to the middle of June.

What will happen?

After you sign up at the church or by completing the form below and get assigned to a group, participants gather over the course of 1.5 hours and have a time of discussion based on the pastor’s message and Bible passage from the previous Sunday. The evenings end with prayer.

There are trained small group leaders who facilitate these discussions. Previously we did a similar version of this program. When it wrapped up we surveyed people about their experience and 100% said it was positive. We’re guessing the same might be true for you.

Does it run all year round?

Yes and No. The Vine Groups run in 6-8-10 week installments. That way, the hosts and leaders have a bit of a break between sessions. Plus, if your schedule or circumstances change, you can request to move nights/groups at the start of a new session.

What if I’m interested but can’t come to a group every week?

That’s okay. Come one time, some of the time, or all of the time. It can benefit you from being there every night; but if that doesn’t fit with your schedule, one-offs will still work.

You will be welcomed into a friendly group, and at the start of each gathering, the small group leader will review the main point and Bible passage from the previous Sunday so that everyone is on the same page – even if you missed it.

Westminster isn’t my church home. Can I still participate?

Yes. We expect that many of the participants will be a part of the Westminster community, but also that several people won’t be. That’s okay. Some may have no church home, and some may even worship at other churches on Sundays. That’s also okay. We just want to encourage each other and help one another grow.

I’m shy. Is this for me?

Some people really like to contribute to a discussion verbally, and that’s great. But some people hold back a bit more. That’s also totally acceptable. There is no pressure to talk. Sometimes we just need to be with other people and hear their perspectives as we think through things for ourselves.

How many people will there be in each group?

Each group usually has between 8 to 12 people.

I’m interested. What do I do?

Sign up at Westminster on Sundays. Or you can email Kim Sanderson at kim@westminsterpc.ca  or by filling in the online form right under this question. Then just show up and bring a Bible!

Small groups at Westminster are the place to go if you want to grow. 

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