Current Changes at Westminster Due to COVID-19

Worship


At this time, Westminster Presbyterian Church is offering one worship service, available to you in several ways. Outdoor Worship, Sundays at 9:00 AM A combined service of traditional and contemporary elements which includes prayers, scripture, sermon and a variety of music. ​Worship Options Tune into 107. 7 FM in your car
For Lawn Seating – Bring a chair
Live on YouTube or Listen later with SoundCloud Please Remember:
- Masks encouraged
- 6 Ft. Social Distance between cars & chairs
- Greet without handshakes or hugs
- Remain with family groups
- Park along perimeter if sitting on the lawn
- During worship, playground is closed
- Social Hall restrooms are available Please worship from home if sick or symptomatic Please print the bulletin or view the bulletin on your mobile device during the service. An offering will be collected by parking attendants at the exits when leaving the parking lot. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! ​For more information on Westminster's online activities, see our page Westminster on the Web. If you want to learn more about our programs, church activities, and volunteer services, then we invite you to browse our website, check out our Facebook page, or call the church office at 540-942-1145.




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Access to Church Building and Property


  • Outdoor Meetings: Church and pre-approved community groups may meet outdoors, in-person on church property. Please be mindful of the weather and making backup plans as needed.


  • Social Hall Usage (Westminster Church Groups Only): Up to 25 people spaced 6 feet apart may use the social hall only. The space will be set up with 25 chairs and 4 tables.
  • Scheduling: If you are meeting at Westminster with your group please schedule the event with Katie, our Communications Assistant. She may be reached at 540-942-1145 or wp.waynesboro@gmail.com.
  • Playground: Our playground is currently open to the public. Please be mindful that our playground is not cleaned or sanitized on a regular basis.

    Playground Guidelines
  • Maintain a social distance of 6 foot when multiple families are using the playground.
  • Parents should encourage children to avoid contact with other children.
  • Use hand sanitizer before, during and after playground use.
  • When church services are held outdoors, the playground is restricted for use so as not to interfere with worship.




Care for Community


During this time we will post mission in our community on this page. Please check back for new ways to share the love of Christ as we monitor the spread of the coronavirus in our area. September 11 Westminster's 2020-2021 Confirmation Class will begin their year together with mission on Sunday, September 27 by walking as a small group in this year's virtual Crop Walk. Support the WPC Confirmation CROP Walk team with prayer. Donations can be made online at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/waynesborova/Team/View/137435/WPC-Confirmation. All funds will help support hunger efforts during the pandemic -- September 4 The C4 intitative continues in setting up Student Support Centers in our community to address the need for childcare in our community. Please revew the needs below; 1. Transport of food to students within the C4 support centers 2. Family Care Representatives
If you are interested in these opportunities through C4 plesae share interest at https://sawchildcare.org/
August 27 There are many volunteer opportunities for Student Support Centers in our community. Please visit https://sawchildcare.org/ for more information. August 21 Prayers for child care in our community. A new group has formed in the recent months, Creative Collaborative Coalition for Childcare or known as C4. Stay tuned for more information on the “Student support centers” -

  • August 24 – C4 website is sawchildcare.org.
    Website goes live with forms for families, churches, volunteers, tutors, and job seekers to sign up. Press release of C4 childcare initiative.
  • August 25 – Media promotion
  • August 26 – Virtual Job Fair with interviews from student support centers in community.
July 10 Breakfast needed at local motel
If your family, work, community group or church group would like to provide 37 breakfast meals each day for a week in July/August please contact Pastor April at pastoraprilcranford@gmail.com. The week’s available are July 20-27, July 27-August 3, August 10-17, August 24-31. July 3- Summerlee Mission @ Home next week Summerlee Mission begins on Sunday, July 5 with a start up meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Westminster’s parking lot. Work teams will be established at this meeting. If you prefer to join by zoom, please use this link; https://vcsb.zoom.us/j/93330624162?pwd=R251Y29sbGc0MVNCb3JNZEd5clJlUT09 Over 60 people are signed up to serve this year. All participants begin their day at one of two check in sites. The first check in site is at Westminster between the hours of 6-9. The second sure is in Churchville at the Tasty Freeze parking lot at 7 a.m. for the roofing crews. Safety crew members will take temperatures and ask health assessment questions. Thanks in advance for adding the safety check to the beginning of your mission day. For questions regarding the safety crew, contact Phyllis Gorsuch at pmgorsuch@ntelos.net. Please fill out the online medical/t-shirt form if you have not done so yet; https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-m7eghQh09TeflUalI3xZCh1b5gq9I7Ge08WyXEG1hJtBKA/viewform?usp=sf_link Please contact Meg Yancey at megcoyner@gmail.com about medical forms. The kitchen crew will serve lunch meals at Disciples Kitchen on Mon, Tues, & Thurs at Second Presbyterian and at Salvation Army on Friday next week. For questions about the kitchen crew, contact Brenda Bosserman at bjbosserman7@gmail.com or Linda Fields lindabf2@verizon.net. The kid crew will meet at Westminster at 8:50 am, serve in Craigsville in the morning and swim at Pine Bluff Pool in the afternoon. For questions regarding the kid crew, contact Rev. Cranford at pastoraprilcranford@gmail.com The trash crew will provide vests and ask for participants to bring gloves and lunches. Contact Bill Krzastek at billkrz@cfw.com for the trash crew. The paint crew has two houses this year. Contact Spencer Yancey at spenceryancey@gmail.com for questions about the paint crew Review the list of work sites below and contact Curtis Foltz at (434) 962-9755 or curtisfoltz@ntelos.net with any general questions. Each site will have a cooler and first aid kit. Please bring lunch and water bottle. June 23- Community Foundation Central Blue Ridge
The new fund will provide resources to charitable organizations supporting the residents of Staunton, Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Highland, and Nelson impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information; Community Foundation Central Blue Ridge June 18- Mission with Families If you are searching for a mission challenge to complete with your family this week, then look no further. Keevil & Keevil Kitchen is taking the week off of June 22 -26. This restaurant in Charlottesville has been supplying breakfast meals for a Waynesboro motel housing men and women who are without a home. Please contact Pastor April for details if you would like to provide breakfast meals for 34 people one day next week. Thanks! June 12- Westminster Playground Open
Session voted to reopen the church playground effective June 10. Over the past few months, the sun and rain have been more than an adequate disinfectant and will continue to kill germs. However, since many children will now be using the playground, it would be a good idea for them to also use hand sanitizer. Social distancing should be practiced, and wearing masks are encouraged when multiple family groups are playing at the same time. When church services are held outdoors, the playground will be restricted for use so as not to interfere with worship. June 5 – Anti-Racism Resources We grieve and find our hearts restless due to the pandemic and the racial injustices present in our nation. One of many ways to fight against racism, bias and injustices is to listen, learn and enter into dialogue with people whose story differs from our story. Visit this link from Illustrated Ministries compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and has a wide variety of voices, genres, and mediums.
bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES. Also view this list compiled by Associate General Presbyter of Shenandoah Presbytery Rev. Nancy Meehan Yao; Children’s books:
Desmond Tutu God’s Dream
Jacqueline Woodson The Other Side
Alan Say How my Parents learned to Eat
Maya Ajmera To be a Kid
Jennifer Mailey Greevy We All love Pancakes
Karen Katz The Colors of Us
Dr Seuss The Sneetches Parenting:
An ebook available from the Southern Poverty Law Center, with guidance for children of all ages: http://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/beyond_golden_rule.pdf Adults:
An article by Rev. Stephanie Sorge-Wing on her church’s use of Deb Irving’s book as a Lenten study: http://pres-outlook.org/2017/06/waking-lenten-journey-belhar-waking-white/ “On Being a Virginian”, Guest Commentary by Heath Rada, in The Presbyterian Outlook, 2/15/19: https://pres-outlook.org/author/heathradamod/ White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo
America’s Original Sin, by Jim Wallis
The Half has Never Been Told, by Stephen Bishop
Between the World and me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Big Tent Bible Study, Eric Barretto, author and leader: https://facing-racism.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/facing_racism/resources/bt_bible_study_resources.pdf Confession of Belhar (adopted 2016 as part of our Book of Confessions, Part I of our Constitution: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/mid-council-ministries/constitutional-services/belhar/ PCUSA Anti-racism policy and study guide: available as free download: https://facing-racism.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/facing_racism/resources/facing-racism-policy.pdf https://facing-racism.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/facing_racism/facing-racism-study-guide.pdf “Keeping Faith”, a video by by Tony de Le Rosa, Interim Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, about the churches in Ferguson, MO Peace and Global Witness resources: Every Fall, the PC(USA) Special Offering for Peace and Global Witness is received. 25% of the monies collected remain locally in the Presbytery, for peacemaking education and endeavors. Grants for peacemaking activities and education are available from Shenandoah Presbytery. The application may be found at http://shenpres.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/PeacemakingGrantGuidelinesMay2014.pdf Prayers continue for healing and reconciliation in our nation. Rev. April Cranford




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1904 Mount Vernon Street

Waynesboro, VA 22980

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