Serving

Serving God in the Church and the World
Westminster has many ways to serve with your gifts and talents for mission and witness in the world as a community of faith. Our Witness Ministry supports the various missions outside the walls of the church along with welcoming visitors to Westminster.  Read more below on various ways to serve both God and neighbor below.

Summerlee Mission
Each year Westminster organizes 7-10 local churches along with individuals for a mission trip in Fayette County, West Virginia. Participants love God and neighbor through serving on a variety of crews such as; work crews, paint crew, trash crew, kitchen crew and kid crew. Adults and teens provide rehab to homes which may include; pumbing, painting, electrical, dry wall, siding, decks, wheel chair ramps etc.

In 2013, the Kid Crew was added to the Summerlee Mission offering mission opportunities for the whole family to serve in West Virginia.  During the week, children, youth advisers and adults serve on the Kid Crew with their hands and hearts by visiting those with disabilities, nursing homes, food banks, etc in the morning, eating at work sites where their parents are serving for lunch and swimming in the afternoon.
View Current Summerlee Brochure
Visit Summerlee Website
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One of many work crews from the Summerlee 2017 Mission Trip


Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack 73 f
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View Troop 73 Website
Boy Scout Troop 73
Includes boys from ages 6th – 12th Grade to participate
Meetings are on Monday evenings
Cub Scout Pack 73
Invites boys from 1st – 5th Grade to participate
Monthly Meetings vary depending on group
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Girl Scout Troup 349
Invites girls ages 10 to 12 to participate
Meets every other Friday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location – High School Youth Room

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Room at the WARM Ruth’s House
In early 2014, WARM began providing temporary shelter to homeless women with children who desire the opportunity to gain self-sufficiency and long-term stability. Ruth’s WARM House, offers cost-free family oriented shelter for up to 7 families at one time. The program provides the support system and structure necessary for each family to regain their stability. Some of the supports include minimal transportation, meals (as available), community referrals, basic amenities, mentors, parenting classes, life skills training, financial management, and other trainings that assist in their transition from homelessness to a future of  hope. Families may participate in the program for up to six months but may transition out of residential services as early as one to two months.
Westminster Presbyterian Church has co sponsored a room at the Ruth’s Warm House since 2015 to provide a place to call home for mothers and their children during this transition in their life.  For more information visit the WARM website or talk with Kay Adamson who serves on the Witness Ministry.

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WARM Thermal Shelter 

Westminster started hosting the thermal shelter for men and women who are without a home for one week in December in 2015. The church provides a warm place to sleep along with three meals; dinner, breakfast and a bagged lunch.  Volunteers are needed for food, hospitality and overnight.  Please contact Witness Ministry or Terry Team to volunteer.
Learn more about WARM’s programs
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Disciples Kitchen
Disciples Kitchen is a non profit organization that provides lunch in Waynesboro on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:30-12:15 at Second Presbyterian Church.  Churches in the area provides lunch teams to cook and provide hot meals to 40-50 adults, teens and children who attend the meal.  A devotion and prayer begin the lunch and seconds if available are provided at 12:15.  Westminster has two lunch teams.  If you would like to serve please contact Bobbi Bonar.
Visit Disciples Kitchen Website


Salvation Army Christmas Stockings
Learn more about Salvation Army


Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Ring the bell outside of K-mart on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Slots are for 30 minutes. Great way to share the love of Christ on Black Friday!

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Homebound Meals 

Westminster is responsible for delivering homebound meals (formally meals on wheels program).  The church covers drivers for two routes for the whole month, Monday through Thursday.  Sign up sheets are available in the month of July at both worship services.  Grab a friend or family member and take an hour to help deliver hot meals to those in need in our community. Meals are picked up at the Senior Center around 10:45. The Senior Center has all the directions written down so you won’t get loss. If you have questions, contact Terry Team at 949-6872.


5 Cents a Meal Offering
This offering is collected by the children using a red wagon on the first Sunday of each month and supports mission.  The offering is split between International and National Fund Hunger Mission through the Shenandoah Presbytery which receives 75% of the funds and the remaining funds support local mission. The Witness Ministry selects the local mission to receive the local mission offering which has included; First Presbyterian Food Pantry, Disciples Kitchen, Love INC, Uprising Outreach Center, and CROP Walk.

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Augusta Regional Clinic Meal for Volunteers
Each year, the witness ministry provides a dinner for those faithful volunteers at the Augusta Regional Clinic in Fishersville.

Founded in 1993, the Augusta Regional Clinic (ARC), formerly the Augusta Regional Free Clinic (ARFC), provides a wide range of vital medical services to more than 1,800 patients a year. 79% of those served are working full or part time and all are at or below 200% of the Federal poverty level (currently $44,100 for a family of four.)

Services include:

  • Primary Care for those who cannot afford regular physician visits
  • Diagnostics (lab work, x-rays, MRI, etc. through Augusta Health)
  • Pharmacy (medications provided by a licensed, on-site pharmacist)
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Chronic Care (diabetes, hypertension, etc.)
  • Women’s and Men’s Health Programs
  • Wellness and Medical Education

Low and no-cost eyeglasses are also available, and dental services are provided through the Augusta Regional Dental Clinic. Residents of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County may receive medical services provided they do not have health insurance and meet basic eligibility guidelines.


Support Haiti Mission Trip Participants
Members in the congregation have served in Haiti and support has been given to those participating through financial and various collections.


Sewing Circle
The Sewing Circle meets on the first Friday of each month in the Social Hall to create quilts throughout the year. Quilts are then given adults and children who are in the hospital, facilities care, thermal shelter and those who are homebound.
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CROP Walk
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.  The CROP Walk starts and ends at Ridgeview Park on the fourth Sunday in September.

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Lenten Lunch
The Lenten Lunch takes place annually during the season of Lent.  Westminster partners with four additional churches (First Presbyterian, First Baptist, Main Street Methodist and St. John Catholic) to host ecumenical gatherings of lunch and worship in the community rotating the responsibilities of meal and sermon between the churches and pastoral leadership. If you would like to volunteer to help with the Lenten Lunch at Westminster please contact Andi Shifflett.

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For more information about serving God in the Church and in the World, please contact one of the members of the Witness Ministry.

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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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