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Children’s Education

THE DAY SCHOOL Founded in 1963, Westminster Day School is a ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church. The mission of the school is to help every child develop an understanding of God’s love for them while providing a quality early childhood education in a developmentally appropriate Christian environment. WDS serves children ages 6 months - Kindergarten.
Point Person: Jennifer Futrell, 864-585-8751 or jenniferfutrell@wpcspartanburg.org.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL Sunday School is offered for infants – 3rd grade during the 9:30am service and infants - 5th grade at the 11:00am service. During both hours, children 2 year old – 3rd grade will start off in the Worship Service. They will either sit with their parents and worship as a family or sit with “Miss” Becky at the front of the sanctuary. After several songs, the kids, teachers, and “Miss” Becky will leave and go to Sunday School. Children under 2 years old may go to their classrooms before Worship. More information and room numbers.
Point Person: Becky Odum, 585-4186 ext. 110 or beckyodum@wpcspartanburg.org

KID’S INC.  (WEDNESDAY EVENING CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES - FALL & SPRING) Kid’s Inc. is held on Wednesday nights from September - November and January – March. These evenings are based around Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Kid’s Inc. incorporates all of these things into the evening. Dinner begins at 5:30 in the Fellowship Hall. After dinner, children will rotate with their class to Bible/Worship, Choir, and Recreation. For more information on Kid’s Inc. and other children’s activities visit www.wpcspartanburg.org/wpcs/children
Point Person: Becky Odum, 585-4186 ext. 110 or beckyodum@wpcspartanburg.org.

Youth Activities

WiFi:  We call it “WY-FI” so don’t call it Sunday School. For grades 7-12, we gather on Sunday morning at the Emory Road House after the 9:30 worship service for some time to catch up with one another and spend some time playing, praying, studying, and discussing. We combine small groups, bible study and teaching time together to provide a great environment to help us know and grow in relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We have several adult leaders who work with our youth and we are always “on the lookout” for others whom God calls to join us.
Point Persons: Steve Wise, 585-4186 ext. 114, Kyle Livingston, 585-4186 ext. 113, Mitch and Amy Dawes, 474-3717     

COMMUNICANT’S CLASS The “Quest” is designed for 6th grade youth in the Church. We meet during the Sunday School hour (each Fall) to talk about the basics of the Christian faith. The emphasis of the class is to educate our young people about faith in Jesus and to allow them to make it their own. The class ends with each student forming their own statement of faith and being given the opportunity to become members of the body of Christ at Westminster.
Point Person: Kyle Livingston, 585-4186 ext. 113 or livingstonkb@gmail.com.

YOUNG LIFE is the way we fulfill the Great Commission in the high school community and with our own youth. A 50+ year, international ministry outreach, Young Life reaches out to high school students who are disinterested in the Church. Westminster employs this ministry as its vehicle for youth ministry in the church and community. Leaders go where “kids” are to “earn the right to be heard” by them. Young Life “club” meets Monday nights (during the school year) at the Emory Road House from 8:00-9:00pm for an hour of singing, fun, games, and a clear presentation of the good news of Jesus Christ. We also take a trip to Frontier Ranch in Colorado every summer and a weekend retreat to Windy Gap, North Carolina in the fall.  
Point Person: Kyle Livingston, 585-4186 ext. 113 or livingstonkb@gmail.com.

WYLDLIFE, very appropriately named this, is Young Life for junior high students. This is a “wyld” hour of games, skits, and off-the-wall humor with a relevant and clear communication of the gospel message. They meet Wednesday nights (during the school year) at the Emory Road House from 6:30-7:30pm.
Point Person: Kyle Livingston, 585-4186 ext. 113 or livingstonkb@gmail.com.

YOUNG LIVES is a Westminster mission that provides support and encouragement to teen mothers.  This mission provides opportunities with summer camps, support sessions and Christian study.
Point Person:  Cathy Richardson, 573-9521 or cathyrichardson1055@gmail.com.

Adult Music Ministry

SANCTUARY CHOIR The 25+ member choir (ages 15 and up) provides choral music for the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Believing that our contributions to the total worship experience are of the utmost importance, we minister through a diversified collection of choral pieces, classical as well as contemporary. We see it as our task to provide the congregation with an aspect of worship that complements and transcends the spoken Word.  Our rehearsals combine the musical learning experience with Christian camaraderie; the result is a unified praise involvement of all participants. 
Point Person: Gary McCraw, 579-3631 or gmac1@att.net

WESTMINSTER RINGERS The Handbell Choir consists of 12+ adults (ages 14 and up) who provide special music for various services throughout the church year.  Members of this group are dedicated music readers who have a heart for rehearsing and performing this specialized aspect of the total worship experience.  New ringers are continually being recruited.
Point Person: Gary McCraw, 579-3631 or gmac1@att.net

WORSHIP TEAM The Worship Team is comprised of vocalists, players, and A/V techs whose main purpose is to worship and glorify God through music and arts and to help draw seekers and believers alike into an intimate and authentic time of worship with the Lord. They assist in the 9:30 service with an “Ancient/Modern” approach to their music using both hymns and contemporary music. Although the style is contemporary, the worship experience is scripturally based. Through worship, not performance, we pray all are able to experience the truth and grace of Jesus and the transforming power of His love. We, as a team, also share and value our commitment to one another as friends and fellow worshippers. 
Point Persons: Gia Diamaduros, 585-6633 or giad@bellsouth.net; (Assistant) Kenny Hogan, 706-7555 or hogank39@yahoo.com

Fellowship and Recreation

BASKETBALL LEAGUES This is a recreational opportunity in which 10+ teams and 15+ adult coaches participate in the St. Paul and YMCA leagues.  Well over 100 children play basketball, ages 6-18.  The season runs from roughly the first week in December to the first week in March.  Games are played in several places with some games in our gym on Saturday mornings and teams meet here for practice several times over the week.  The season closes with a special party for all involved. Church Ministries Commission
Point Person: Jeff Kurkis, 542-8348 or j.kurkis@clevelandwhite.com

LAY RENEWAL Every few years, Westminster has a lay renewal that is aimed at strengthening each member’s faith and drawing us into a closer relationship with the Lord.  Over several days and nights, the congregation meets together for special times of meals, small group fellowship, preaching, teaching, Bible study, personal testimonies, and worship; these events are in addition to regularly scheduled events in the life of our church.  The lay renewal is led by members of the Westminster community as well as by special guests from other churches. 

Church Ministries

SMALL GROUPS   At present, there are several small groups that meet in homes, at the church, and various other places for a more intimate time of prayer, Bible study, and fellowship.  In most cases, these groups have been initiated by lay members of the Westminster community.  The formation of these groups is greatly encouraged and church leaders are developing strategies that would facilitate a growth in the number of these opportunities.  Please watch the bulletin and newsletter for dates and times.
Point Person: Justin Lewis, 864.585.4186 x105 or justin.lewis@wpcspartanburg.org.

39ERS  Dedicated to supporting one another in times of sickness, injury, grief, and loneliness, the 39ers of Westminster and their friends, aged 55+, get together each month.  Generally, this gathering consists of a covered—dish luncheon, followed by a program featuring a speaker or a singer, musical, movie or another kind of entertainment.  In addition, there are special Christmas programs and occasional gatherings at local restaurants.  As part of their mission outreach, the 39ers support the After Care program and other charitable organizations.  This is a wonderfully active ministry blessed by strong ties of Christian fellowship.    
Point Person: Marilyn Miller (864-205-8604) and JoAnn Bristow (864-978-4879)

PICNICS, BRUNCHES, COVERED DISH DINNERS Twice a year, the congregation of Westminster gathers after worship for fellowship, fun, and food. Also, on several occasions during the year, we have fellowship brunches for the adults during the Sunday School hour.  We meet for these in the Fellowship Hall. All of these events are usually well attended and they present great opportunities to meet new people. (Spiritual Growth Commission)

Congregational Care Ministries

HIS HANDS  The His Hands Ministry's mission is to share Christ’s love by recognizing and responding to the needs of our church family.  Our team oversees the following activities that facilitate caring for and loving our members:  

  • Parish Nurse  
  • Prayer email ministry
  • Weekly Prayer List 
  • Homebound/shut-in visitations
  • Hospitalization visits 
  • Communion—homebound and nursing homes
  • Prayer Blanket ministry
  • Cards to people on prayer lists
  • Bake and Serve (meals)
  • All Saints Ministry—cards on anniversary of a death
  • Funeral Receptions 
  • Handy Man Ministry

Point Persons: Harriet Moxley, 579-7136 or hbmoxley@gmail.com; Paul Petersen, 585-4186 or docpmp@aol.com

GRIEFSHARE  Healing Every Day and  Recovering Together…The Journey of Grief is a journey that does not have to be traveled alone. If you or someone you know is on this journey, we are here to help by providing support, care, and understanding. Our philosophy is based on non-denominational principles. We encourage people to work through their grief much like Christ offered hope and healing to all who came to Him. People of all faiths are encouraged to attend, including surviving family members, friends, clergy, caregivers, health, and human service professionals. More here >> 
Point Person: Dale Rawlings, 864-585-4186 ext. 104, Cell 864-940-1742 or email dale@wpcspartanburg.org

Missions and Local Outreach 

To get involved in our many local and international mission opportunities, visit our Missions page

Men's Ministry

The purpose of the men’s ministry is not just to have fellowship and spend time with the guys who have similar interest. Our theme is Making Men More Meaningful. We believe that to know how to make life more meaningful we must study how Jesus lived. While we know that we will fall short of His example, we can still find comfort in knowing that He already expects us to. He is there to forgive us and encourage us to move forward in our pursuit of Making Men More Meaningful. Besides the Fellowship Breakfasts, we have ongoing small study groups. We have several service opportunities, such as Soup Kitchen (Dan Dupler), Christmas in Action (Claude Saleeby) and breakfasts for Spartanburg High football team. Throughout the year we try to schedule special interest activities like golf outings, NASCAR racing, and basketball teams.
Point Person: Mitch Dawes

Women's Ministry

Women of Westminster - "WOW" is our every-woman ministry to connect all women at WPC and in our community.  Look for special events, trips, retreats, etc to help WOW grow together! Point Persons: womenofwpc@gmail.com or call/text Holly Lewis (336.602.7700) or Adrienne Solesbee (864.993.1454).

Presbyterian Women

The purpose of this extremely active organization is to nurture its members’ faith through prayers and Bible Study, to support the mission of the Church worldwide, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women.  The Presbyterian Women are led by a coordinating team consisting of a moderator, co-moderator, secretary, treasurer, mission’s leader, personal faith and family life leader, hostess, historian, Christian community action leader, search chairman, After Care director, and Circle leaders.
Point Person: Anita Gieser, 585-6897 or agieser@bellsouth.net

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN COORDINATING TEAM MEETING

The Presbyterian Women officers meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the parlor.

  • FAITH CIRCLE Second Monday, 10:00 a.m., of each month (September through May) in member homes. Members of this group share the responsibilities of hosting a meeting and leading the Bible Study. The average attendance is 15-20 women. 
  • LOVE CIRCLE Second Monday, 5:30 p.m., of each month (September through May) in the Parlor. This is the newest of the women’s circles and child care is provided.
  • ENCOURAGEMENT CIRCLE Second Tuesday, 9:45 a.m., of each month (September through May) usually in church parlor  (nursery available).  Members share the responsibilities of hosting a meeting and leading the Bible Study.  The group decides on a book or subject they would like to study for the year.  The average attendance is 15-20 women.
  • HOPE CIRCLE Second Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., of each month (September through May) in member homes. Like Faith Circle,  this group does a weekly lesson from the Bible Study which is put out by the Presbyterian Publishing House.  Members take turns hosting.  Average attendance is 15-20.
  • JOY CIRCLE First Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., of each month (September through May) in the fellowship hall.
  • PEACE CIRCLE Third Thursday, 7:00 p.m., of each month (September through May) in the parlor. This circle is for women in their 20’s. Women are encouraged to bring a light supper with them if desired. Childcare provided as needed.

WOMEN’S SEWING GROUP Ladies meet the fourth Monday of every month (September through May) at 9:30 a.m. to sew for some mission project.  Presently they are making duffle bags for the Children’s Shelter.  You do not have to be able to sew - there are other things that are of help to the group.

ANNUAL BIRTHDAY DINNER Usually on the first Tuesday in May, the PW hosts a Birthday Dinner with a special speaker scheduled and a birthday offering taken.  The Coordinating Team decides what mission this offering should be given to, with the most recent going to the Children’s Shelter and Shiphrah (the only local Christian home for unwed mothers).

AFTERCARE Sponsored by Presbyterian Women and operating in connection with the Spartanburg Mental Health Association, this special ministry reaches out to a delightful and appreciative group of men and women who are mentally challenged.  After Care provides meals, crafts, games, parties, and other special events during the year.  Those who help out are volunteers from WPC who not only share Christ’s love for those in need, but they experience His love for themselves when they serve others in this way.      
Point Person: Julie McCraw, 579-3631

Prayer Ministries

PRAYER PARTNERS This simple but meaningful program provides support and encouragement for its participants through daily prayer. Participants are assigned a different prayer partner each month. Both partners are then obliged to pray for one another each day, then visit with or phone one another early in the month, and to the extent that they feel comfortable, participants are to exchange prayer needs, praise reports, trials, etc. A ministry for people of all ages, the prayer partner program has approximately 70 participants at present.
Point Person: Cissy Bankhead, 806-570-3543 or cissybankhead@hotmail.com

WESTMINSTER WEB WITNESS (PRAYER) This is an organized email communication of prayer needs that are requested by members of Westminster. 
Point Persons: Lydia Johnston, 582-8814 or lydiabjohnston@gmail.com; Dale Rawlings, 585-4186 ext. 104, Cell 864-940-1742 or dale@wpcspartanburg.org

Other Opportunities

DECORATING COMMITTEES   This is an opportunity to assist the Worship Commission in decorating the sanctuary for special seasons such as Christmas and Easter. (Worship Commission)

NAME TAGS Each year, the Worship Commission designates an individual to take care of the extensive array of nametags found on the bulletin boards in the front hall.  Nametags are made and maintained as needed.  It is important to wear them and to return them to the boards after the services. (Worship Commission)

WELCOME TEAM  Each week a person picks up the enrollment sheets from the sanctuary and calls the visitors for the morning Worship services.  This is a vital service to welcome our visitors and to be aware of those persons who may be interested in becoming a member of Westminster. (Worship Commission)
Point Persons: Perrin Powell, 585-9872 or perrinpowell@charter.net

USHERS Our ushers are scheduled volunteers who assist in Sunday worship by handing out bulletins and collecting the offering.  It's a great way to serve on a Sunday and anyone can do it! (Worship Commission)

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