Top 10 Reasons You Might Like Westminster Presbyterian Church
10. You are at a point in your life where you’re interested in going to church whether or not it will thrill your parents.
9. You are put off by hierarchy and energized by community. Us too.
8. You are looking for a spiritual community where not everyone believes the same things. WPC does not expect you to “leave your brain at the door” when you come to church. Quite the opposite. This is a congregation that values education and critical thinking. You will find a wide diversity of theological and political beliefs. We really like it that way. Come add your voice to the conversation.
7. You are looking for a church that is open and inclusive. Can we introduce you to our pastors and ordained church leaders made up of old, young, gay, straight, single, married, divorced, insert group here? We are a member of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a group that works towards a fully inclusive church (learn more at http://covnetpres.org)
6. You love the arts. So do we, and we are pretty sure our Creator does as well. To celebrate, we put on arts-themed summer camps and festivals. Our pastor teaches classes on topics like Flannery O’Connor’s short stories. A member who is a retired art professor teaches classes on spiritual themes in famous paintings. You get the picture. (Check our Adult Education page often for class updates.)
5. To be a little more specific, you love music. At the risk of bragging a little, we do traditional worship music very, very well. Come, relax, close your eyes, and lose yourself just a little bit in the majesty of beautiful music bouncing off the gothic stone walls. (Read about our upcoming Music Events or Listen to our choirs.)
4. You are looking for a youth program your teenagers won’t hate. Our youth group rocks. With 30+ youth at choir practice and youth group on a typical Sunday evening, the kids love it and keep coming back. In addition to the great friendships and spiritual community they find here, the service projects and summer choir trips might have something to do with it. Did we mention they go to Scotland every fifth year? (Visit our Youth pages: Upcoming Events, Education, Fellowship, Trips.)
3. You want to be a part of a church that is committed to making a difference in Dayton and the world. We love this city and have a big heart for serving those in need. As just one example, we have an ID ministry that helped over 2,000 of our neighbors in need obtain IDs and birth certificates in the last 12 months. Our motto here is: “Where loving God and neighbor is transforming lives.” We really mean it. (Learn about Local Mission, Global Mission, and Upcoming Mission Events.)
2. You want to be a part of a church that is committed to making a difference in Dayton and the world. (We put this one down twice because it’s really important to us). In addition to the ID ministry, we have closely collaborated for 19 years with E.J. Brown Elementary school, offering tutoring and support to families and teachers impacting the lives of over 5,000 children, one hour at a time. We build houses with Habitat for Humanity, take intergenerational groups on disaster-relief mission trips, foster a partnership with a sister-church in Colombia, share food, prayers, and art projects monthly with our neighbors who live at the YWCA, and numerous other projects. (Read about our School Partnerships and our Earth Stewardship Ministry.)
1. Your heart is restless, longing for a sense of peace and purpose every day. Maybe you are tired of trying harder and harder, and starting to ask, “What’s really the point?” You wonder how you might actually experience the peace that Jesus gives, which is not as the world gives. But church may be just about the last place you’d look. Good news: The church is changing. This church is changing. There is a new energy stirring in our congregation – an excitement, a feeling that God is about to do something amazing through Westminster Presbyterian Church. We don’t know what we’re being called to next, but we’d like to invite you to be part of it. Please join us for worship any Sunday morning at 10 a.m., stay after for conversation over coffee, get to know us, and let us get to know you. (Browse through a Sunday bulletin.)