COVID-19 Disclaimer (Feb 2021): Due to ongoing concerns with the current pandemic, we are still practicing caution and several of the opportunities listed below might be on hold until further notice. (Noted with an *)
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.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL Sunday School is offered for infants – 3rd grade during the 9:30 am service and infants - 5th grade at the 11:00 am service. During both hours, children 2-year-old – 3rd grade will start 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.
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. Click here for more information on Kid’s Inc. and other children’s activities.
IMPRINT Ministries. (Providing Spiritual Growth for Individuals with Exceptionalities - 9:30 and 11am) A ministry to provide access for:
Imprint is a ministry for individuals with exceptionalities at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Imprint is a ministry to celebrate Christ’s people in their uniqueness and differences. Our ministry nurtures and leads these individuals to become active members in God’s house, being fully-devoted followers of Christ, integrated in the church, regardless of their ability and physical levels.
WyFi: 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 a 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.
COMMUNICANT’S CLASS The “Quest” is designed for 6th thru 12th-grade youth in the Church. We meet Wednesdays in January at 6:30 pm 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.
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 8:00-9:00 pm 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.
WYLDLIFE, very appropriately named this, is Young Life for junior high students. This is a “wyld” hour of games, skits, and oï¬€-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 6:30-7:30 pm.
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.
COLLEGE STUDENTS We have a group of dedicated parents and volunteers who pray for and send care packages to students who are away at college. Point Person: Mitch and Amy Dawes, 474-3717
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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 growth in the number of these opportunities. Please watch the bulletin and newsletter for dates and times.
39ERS Dedicated to supporting one another in times of wellness, sickness, grief and lonliness the 39ers of Westminster (age 55 and up) is a Seniors Club that derives it's name from Jack Benny who always claimed he was "39 and holding." We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall at 12:30 to have a meal together ,provided by Sophie ( $5.00 each) and to enjoy a short interesting program or entertainment. This is a wonderfully active ministry blessed by strong ties of Christian fellowship. Members are of course welcome to invite outside friends in the community. RSVP is always needed the Monday before so that we will have plenty of plates on hand.
CHURCH MEALS 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:
Point Person: Rev. Dale Rawlings, 864-585-4186 ext. 311, 864-940-1742 or email email@example.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 >>
Missions and Local Outreach
To get involved in our many local and international mission opportunities, visit our Missions page.
*4M - The purpose of the men’s ministry is not just to have fellowship and spend time with the guys who have similar interests. 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 the Spartanburg High football team. Throughout the year we try to schedule special interest activities like golf outings, NASCAR racing, and basketball teams.
*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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text Holly Lewis (336.602.7700) or Adrienne Solesbee (864.993.1454).
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW) - 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.
*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. Aftercare 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.
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.
WESTMINSTER WEB WITNESS (PRAYER) This is an organized email communication of prayer needs that are requested by members of Westminster.
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)
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)