Christian Education

Adults

Westminster has a number of small groups that meet for prayer and mutual support of one another.  We are always ready to begin new groups as we grow!  Talk to the pastor or the Director of Christian Education about joining one of our existing groups, or explore the possibility of participating in a newly formed group.

Specific activities for adults include, but are not limited to: Bible study, Sunday school classes, small groups, WOW (Westminster on Wednesdays), music groups, seasonal & short term studies, Sewing circle, Tables of Eight.

Young Adult

Our young adult ministry continues to grow and be a vibrant part of our church.  The YA ministry includes the Young Adult Sunday school class (Sundays at 10:10 am) and our Wednesday night time of study and fellowship that meets following the family meal, and at the same time as the children and youth activities.  Topics covered in recent small groups and classes have included The Gospel According to Pop Culture, faith based movie release studies, women’s  topics and issues,  and much more.

Specific activities for Young Adults include, but are not limited to: Sunday school class, Bible studies, women’s studies, WOW, music groups, and fellowship outings.

Youth (ages 11-18)

Westminster offers a variety of programs and activities, enabling youth to connect in many ways at WPC.  Specific activities include Youth Group, Sunday School, Senior High Bible Study,  WOW night (which offers youth music  and the Parable Players drama team), Confirmation class, camps and retreats, and the worship service usher team.  Youth Ministry at WPC embraces events such as lock-ins, mission opportunities, games, field trips and fellowship events.  The Senior High Bible study is designed for teens looking to dig deep into the scriptures and increase their overall Biblical knowledge….the Parable Players present skits in worship, and is open to grades 6-12…the music program includes youth choir, youth bells, and opportunities to offer solo music in worship.

Children

Families will find a wide variety of ways to involve their children in the life of Westminster.  Kids will love Sunday school each week, learning the wonderful stories in the Bible and starting all together for an Opening Assembly in our Social Hall led by Pastor April.  They can also express themselves musically on Wednesday evenings through singing and Orff instruments during the WOW Ministry Program.  Wednesday night WOW offers a time of food, fun, games, lessons and the occasional outreach field trip.  Younger kids get a Children’s Time all to themselves during the worship service before participating in the Children’s Church program each Sunday.  Additional opportunities include a seasonal children’s musical, a Christmas pageant, a Wednesday Mother’s Morning Out & Storytime program, field-trips and fellowship events.

Nursery (children under 4)

A nursery with paid attendant on staff is available for our youngest ones on Sundays, during the WOW program, during choir rehearsals upon request, and at various other specified times, enabling parents to participate in church activities.

Confirmation Class with Mentors

Every other year, students in eighth and ninth grades enter a yearlong confirmation course on Sunday mornings to explore faith through scripture, activities, questions, mission and study.  Confirmation begins with a mission trip and ends with sharing personal faith statements presented to the session. Mentors are members of the congregation who journey with students throughout the year.  Students and Mentors attend at least one worship service of a different denomination/faith.  Class is led by Rev. April Cranford.

WOW- Westminster on Wednesdays

WOW is our weekday learning and exploring option for all ages.  The evening begins at 5:30 with dinner prepared by groups of volunteer WPC chefs.  Following dinner, there is an organized activity for children, music and drama for teens,  and a program for adults.  Sessions for adults have included presentations by historians, authors, local ministries, community leaders, musicians and more.  Join the church e-mail list to get weekly updates on programming.

Christian Education Offered at Westminster

Sunday Youth Classes:
Preschool, Room #4: Alina McKibben, Sara Yoder
Kindergarten — 2nd, Room #6: Katrina Crawford
Grades 3rd — 5th, Room #7: Jennifer Kearney, Angela Wright
Middle School, Room #14: Katharine Gorsuch, Lisa Vailes, Sally Stout
High School, Room #144: Sammie Vailes, Jonathan Steck, Brad Yoder

Sunday Adult Classes
Young Adult, Room #153: John Tindall
Faith & Life, Love Room: Reed Cranford
Discussion, Faith Room: Kathy Baker
Yancey Small Group, Music Ministry Office: Joyce Yancey
Pillar Class (Spring 2020), Hope Room: Ken Piller, Terry Crow, Linda Ralston, Hugh Robertshaw
The Story, Loomis Room: Rev. April Cranford
NEW Bible Study will continue each Sunday morning through the month of May 2020.
We will be using the book, The Story, which allows reading the Bible as a novel with
thirty one chapters. Books are provided for the study for free or a $5 donation. Sign up
or inquire more from Rev. April Cranford pastoraprilcranford@gmail.com

 Weekly Small Groups:
Gillespie Group– 1st & 2nd Tuesday, 7:15 PM, Faith Room, Church Office
Share & Care Group– Tuesdays, 4:00 PM, Hope Room, Church Office
Shifflett Group– Thursdays, 6:15 PM, Hope Room, Church Office
Senior High Bible Studies— Mondays, 7:30 PM, Hope Room, Church Office

Christian Discipleship Elder: Blair Hanger
Christian Discipleship Pilot: Joyce Yancey

Lunch Time Book Club
Led by John Tindall, Ken Piller, and others.
Meets 1st Thursday of the month
This monthly book club will explore many of the classic, beloved and important Christian books ever written. Participants will choose the books based on a list provided. This is your opportunity to read many of those great books you always said you would read one day!

Prayer Group
Led by Rev. April Cranford and Pat Tuttle
Meets 2nd Thursday of the month

Using the book 50 Ways to Pray by Teresa Blythe, we will discover a different way to pray each month as we lift up concerns upon our heart for church, community and world.  

Westminster Story

Westminster Story

One of my favorite things about Westminster is the talent and creativity of our members, and the freeness with which they share it.  It’s inspiring and fun, and motivates me to do the same!

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