Children & Youth

Over the years, Westminster has been adaptive in how we meet the needs and desires of families with youth and children in our community. We've moved away from regular, weekly youth group activities or other kinds of programming, and have instead focused on being intentional with how we encourage youth leadership in worship and service in the wider community. We also partner with some of our neighboring churches, like First Presbyterian Church, to offer opportunities for summer trips to Montreat Conference & Retreat Center or participating in ecumenical Vacation Bible School.

 

As a community, we value the following areas in how we connect with youth and encourage their spiritual formation and growth:

  • Adult involvement in our children's lives: Feeling valued by and connected with caring adults, including college students
  • Experience of journeying with a community of faith: Fostering a sense of belonging, affirming children’s decision-making and sacred worth in all aspects of the church community
  • Love for Church: Developing worship skills, familiarity with the Bible, and other spiritual teachings
  • Equality and Social Justice: Encouraging community service projects, learning peaceful conflict resolution skills, and a curiosity for faith-rooted advocacy

 

During the academic year, Westminster offers a monthly Intergenerational Sunday School on the 3rd Sunday of each month (August through May) before worship from 9:30-10:30am. We encourage youth and their parents, older adults, and college students to spend time together learning Bible stories, engaging in hands-on activities (such as making cards or care baskets for homebound church members), and helping prepare the sanctuary for worship with seasonal decorations and creative liturgical elements.

This year, we'll be using the Illustrated Children's Ministry curriculum, An Illustrated Compassion: Learning to Love Like God. We'll hear, act out, and reflect on some familiar and lesser known Bible stories to find examples of God's compassion and love, and explore what it might look like for all of us to lead more compassionate lives. This curriculum is multi-sensory, engages different learning styles/modalities, and is accommodating for those with different movement and/or ability levels. It also incorporates opportunities for "action steps" so that we can put acts of compassion, peacemaking, and justice into our daily lives.

 

Join us on Sunday, August 19th for Intergenerational Sunday School at 9:30am. Stick around for Worship, which moves back to our normal 10:45am time!

 

If you have any questions about our ministries and activities with children and youth, please contact our Director of Student Ministries, Erin Guzmán.

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