Children & Youth

Overview

Nurturing our most precious gift – children

Westminster treasures our children and families. Parents are always welcome to have their children stay with them during worship, but we also offer quality, loving, nurturing infant and toddler care during the 9 a.m.and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Our teachers are trained in early childhood education and fingerprinted, as well as being certified in both pediatric first aid and child/infant CPR. Parents are also invited to stay with their children in the nursery or toddler room during transition phases or until both child and parents feel comfortable.  It is our goal to provide a joyful, creative, and loving space for our children.


     In addition our ushers always have Worship Kits – with crayons, books and quiet activities – available to make children’s (and parents) stay in the services more enjoyable. Simply ask for one or look for a kit in the rear of the sanctuary. 
     Our comprehensive development programs include: infants, toddlers, kindergartners; first through 5th grade and a youth ministry for youth in 6th-12th grades. Please read below for more information on each age offering.
 

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Infants, Preschoolers, Kindergartners

Infants and Toddlers – 1st Floor- Nursery Room

The nursery room is open for the entirety of both the 9 and 11 a.m. services. It is a shoe-free environment. Booties are available to wear over shoes or adults can remove their shoes and leave on socks. The goal is to keep the room as clean as possible for our crawling, growing, exploring toddlers.

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Nurturing children in grades 1-5

Children’s Worship Classes grades 1 – 5 during 9 and 11 a.m. services 

These classes are led by volunteer teachers and are for 1st-5th graders, focusing on scripture stories, music, movement, and artistic expression. They are held in the Cameron Room, on the main floor. At the 9 a.m. service teachers will escort children after opening hymns and prayers. At the 11 a.m. service, children are invited to the front of the church to hear a Children’s Message after opening hymns and prayers.

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Vacation Bible School was great success

A fun-filled week was enjoyed by the almost 50 people attending Westminster’s Vacation Bible School this year. From June 26-30, 2017, everyone was singing about archaeology as well as enjoying being Treasure Seekers of God’s love.

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Vacation Bible School was great success

A fun-filled week was enjoyed by the almost 50 people attending Westminster’s Vacation Bible School this year. From June 26-30, 2017, everyone was singing about archaeology as well as enjoying being Treasure Seekers of God’s love.

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Youth at Westminster

There are many ways for our middle and high school youth to be involved in church and develop a faith-filled life.
    On the second and third Sundays a youth worship class is held in the Jackson Room from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., The fourth Sunday of every month the youth are directly involved with the service, reading scripture,  leading the congregation in prayers and reciting the charge for the week. They also assist with ushering and serve as acolytes. After the service they serve refreshments and coffee in the patio.

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Combined middle and high school trip highlights Summer 2017

Westminster is thrilled to be attending a week long service project July 30- Aug. 5 to Smith River CA. This will be a combined middle and high school youth mission trip. These are always wonderful opportunities to grow as individuals and as a group.

They group will be traveling July 30 through Aug. 5 and will be staying in California, helping communities repair deteriorated infrastructure, painting and restoring gardens. For more information about this trip visit the Sierra Service project website.

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Combined middle and high school trip highlights Summer 2017

Westminster is thrilled to be attending a week long service project July 30- Aug. 5 to Smith River CA. This will be a combined middle and high school youth mission trip. These are always wonderful opportunities to grow as individuals and as a group.

They group will be traveling July 30 through Aug. 5 and will be staying in California, helping communities repair deteriorated infrastructure, painting and restoring gardens. For more information about this trip visit the Sierra Service project website.

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Summer means Mission trips for Westminster’s Youth in June and July 2016

Youth from Westminster will be travelling to Chiloquin, OR, this summer to work on Indian Reservations with Sierra Service Project and to San Diego 

“…Preparing God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” – Eph 4:12                                                                            

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JULY 2016 Youth Triennium

The Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2016 took place at Purdue University in July. This is a world-wide Presbyterian Church Event for youth. The three Westminster participants spent their time engaging in activities that will connect them with growing faith, studies, presentations, and mission experiences. They met new people and grew stronger in their faith walk.  

If you are in high school and would like more information about future Trienniums, please contact: Diana@westminsac.org for more details.

 

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Successful youth event during 30-Hour Famine Mar. 31 – Apr. 1

Westminster youth raised both funds and awareness about world hunger when they participated in the 30-Hour Famine project on March 31- April 1. Worldwide, children die every day, many due to causes related to mal-nourishment and hunger. The 30-hour famine, an established program sponsored by World Vision, included our youth learning about nutrition, food and participating in a park cleanup and distributing meals to the homeless. They spent the night in the church courtyard, and in the morning finished their community service. 

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