We are highly committed to children’s ministry and a staffed Director of Children’s Ministry.
At Westminster, we run Sunday school classes year round for all ages. Our third grade class in particular takes students through the entire Bible giving them a basic understanding of the Old and New Testaments, the books of the Bible, and how Jesus shows up from the beginning to the end – using the Jesus Storybook Bible as the basis.
During the summer, we run a four day Vacation Bible School which is a great and fun way to teach children about Jesus.
Finally, we seek to involve children in worship in two ways – through our children’s choirs and through Children in Worship – a program for 4 year olds through second grade that they attend during the second half of worship each week.
As a Presbyterian and Reformed church Westminster takes seriously the vows we take as a congregation each time a baby is baptized.
Because the middle and high school years are particularly critical in this process we have entered into a unique relationship with Young Life to raise up a student generation who will remain committed to following Jesus right through college and into their adult lives.
Westminster is one of just a handful of churches in the country who have partnered with Young Life for our youth ministry. Young Life has had its Charlotte offices on our campus for close to thirty years and we have supported their ministry for at least that long. However, in the past year our relationship has deepened as we hired two Young Life staffers to work with our middle and high school students. Our goal for our young
people is that as they head off to college, the military, or into the workforce they will continue in their walk with Christ without missing a beat.
These phrases summarize what we are calling A New Kind of Adult Sunday School here at Westminster - a way to build deeper community into the life of our church!
Commit to coming – this is the anti-consumerism part! Invest and "throw your lot in" with us to see what God will do. Commit to a class for 13 weeks and see how God shows up.
Be open to new people – this is the anti-clique part! Come to a class regardless of who is teaching or who else is present and be open to God using someone you don’t yet know to draw you closer to himself.
Expect God to work – this is the anti-saved-by-works part! We expect God to show up - through the relationships forged, by the teaching content, and with prayer for one another - we know He will do something!
Throughout the Fall and Spring we gather on Wednesday evenings to share a meal together and grow deeper as a community. There is an old saying from the Midrash (ancient Jewish rabbinical teaching on the Torah): “Circles are better than rows.” The implications of this saying is that our life in God is meant to be life in community and in relationship. We worship a relational God who exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and who calls us into that divine life, through Jesus’ reconciling and atoning work on the cross. The Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus called his disciples so that they could be with Him. We here at Westminster believe that life change happens in the context of relationship with people.