From Classes to Special Interest Groups
Deepen your understanding of the Bible and engage with other adults. We have a lot going on at Westminster!
Westminster offers its congregation an up-to-date collection and volunteer assistance to help members of the church family:
- + Further their own faith development
- + Develop skills as Christian educators and parents
- + Become more effective within their families and community
- + More effectively live out their faith as leaders within the congregation and community
- + Find comfort and nurture during life’s transitions.
Resources for pre-schoolers through senior adults include books, magazines, audiovisual materials (DVDs and CDs), and computer files, as well as many Internet links to book reviews, study guides, online-only publications, audios, and videos. Audio recordings of selected adult Sunday School classes may be borrowed on CD. The collection currently includes approximately 4,000 items.
The library’s “OPALS” catalog can be searched from anywhere with an Internet connection and a browser (Firefox or Chrome are preferred). Watch the Home Page for highlighted features such as topical bibliographies, “face-out bookshelves” of seasonal materials, recommended Internet sites, and even the daily weather report! Check the New Items page for all new titles added during the past 365 days. Look for Starred ratings and user comments about individual titles – and even add your own evaluations!
Didn’t find what you need? One click on the “Foothills Presbytery” tab will check the catalog for that library. Located on Woodruff Road near Simpsonville, this collection also loans to members of our church family. Ask a library volunteer for more information, or email the Library.
Heritage Lecture Series
The Heritage Lecture Series is a long-standing tradition of Westminster’s which seeks to expand the religious horizons of our community by inviting world-class lecturers to teach and preach one Sunday per year.
Previous Lecturers include:
Jonathan Lee Walton
Diana Butler Bass
Sister Helen Prejean
We at Westminster believe that education is essential for discipleship and hope that what you learn in this place will transform your living beyond our doors. All adults are welcome to join our fall class at 10:00 a.m. in Room 209 beginning Sunday, November 21.
Led by Associate Pastor Leigh Stuckey
If you’ve grown up in the church you know the story of Christmas well – shepherds watching their flock at night, angels announcing good news, a fearful family watched by Rome, and an outpost shed turned into a nursery for the Messiah. But how well do you know Jesus’ genealogy? In Matthew, Jesus’ lineage is traced through Abraham, and includes four Gentile women – an unusual addition for an ancient genealogy. Join us as we consider the strange characters of Christmas, and what these women can teach us about God’s work in the world. (November 21: Tamar; November 28: Rahab; December 5: Ruth; December 12: Bathsheba, Uriah’s Wife)
Ancient Symbol, Present Word
Sunday, November 28, only
Every year our Chrismon trees go up and become a backdrop for treasured family photos. Filled with ancient symbols, they teach us about Jesus the Christ, but do you know how this tree came to be and the meaning of the symbols? Come learn all about Chrismons and possibly try your hand at making a few! This inter-generational class will deepen your appreciation for the trees and maybe inspire some for your own family tree.
Women of Westminster
Women of Westminster seeks to connect women of all ages to the people and work of the church, to enhance their spiritual lives, and to provide opportunities for service and education.
Since the early 1800s, organizations of Presbyterian Women have supported missions, fought social injustices, and worked for peace around the world. Presbyterian Women (PW) is an independent organization within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of more than 300,000 women. Westminster is proud to be a part of the Presbyterian Women organization.
Would you like to be connected to the happenings of the Women of Westminster? Click here to receive email notifications.
Women of Westminster Circle Groups
Circle 3: Dee Malone, Leader
Circle 6: Sherry Tate & Liz Einstein, Leaders
Circle 7: Talitha Allen, Leader
Look for information about Circle meetings in the Harbinger. All women are welcome to join a Circle and to join us at Women of Westminster events!
The Men’s Group provides opportunities for friendships, mutual support, mission opportunities, and fun. All men in the church are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Men’s Group gathers periodically for breakfast and lunch. The group also has speakers periodically.
The main events for the group are two mission trips to Camp Thornwell, one in the fall and one in the spring. The men work at the camp and enjoy great food, fun, and fellowship.
The Men’s Group schedule may also be found on the church’s calendar. Announcements are made by email, the Harbinger, and the e-newsletter.
The “Youngish” program at Westminster provides a spiritual and social home for folks in their early twenties all the way up to their late thirties (lets be honest, we’ve got a few youngish 40 year olds too). Whether you’re single or long-married, without kids or with a host of them, as long as you remember the 90s, we’re glad to have you join us.
Our Youngish Study & Fellowship Series led by Leigh Stuckey meets at 6:30p on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at a local restaurant or member’s home.
Unless otherwise noted, childcare is available at the Westminster Nursery from 6:15-7:45. Please enter through the double doors next to the choir room and follow the ramp to the nursery.
Young Adult Events
AUGUST 20 | 5:30-7:00ish: Pizza and fellowship
(Coastal Crust, The Village of West Greenville)
SEPTEMBER 18 | 6:30pm: Bimonthly Discussion Series Kick Off
(Birds Fly South, Hampton Station)
OCTOBER 2 | 6:30pm:Wednesday Discussion Series
(the Smith Home)
OCTOBER 16 | 6:30pm:Wednesday Discussion Series
(the Edwards Home)
NOVEMBER 6 | 6:30pm:Wednesday Discussion Series
(the Weaver-Patterson Home)
NOVEMBER 20 | 6:30pm:Wednesday Discussion Series
(the Blount Home)
DECEMBER 1 | 6:30pm:WestFest VII featuring live music from The West End String Band and food from Thoroughfare, The Chuck Truck, and We’ve Got the Beets
(The Westminster Green Lot)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 | 6:00pm – till :Annual Christmas Party (SPOOKY edition) and Cocktail Christmas
The Flock is a group whose members range in age from mid 30s to early 40s.
Whether single, married, with children or without, we hope you will join us for fellowship, education, and mission. Watch the Harbinger for Flock meeting days and times.
Lightly Seasoned is a newly-organized group at Westminster whose purpose is to know one another and become and remain engaged in the life of the Church and our faith.
We’re a collection of …
- – couples and singles
- – some without children and others are parents
- – mostly in our fifties, but we don’t obsess about age
- – who gather once per quarter for fellowship.
It’s an informal structure, without committees or specific assignments. Our events are publicized in the Harbinger and via e-mail alerts.
We hope you’ll join us!
Old But Young
This age 60+ crowd knows how to have a good time and always welcomes new faces! Keep an eye out for our next gathering in the Harbinger.