Christian Education and Nurture
Westminster-St. Paulís, as a congregation of the
Presbyterian Church in Canada, baptizes adults who have come to faith and
their children.† The baptism of infants
and children entails a commitment on the part of the parents and of the
congregation to engage in a process of Christian Nurture and Education.† From the time children are baptized they are
considered part of the Christian community at Westminster-St. Paulís.† The church provides a nursery for them until
the age of 3, when they are old enough to join the Sunday school.† The nursery is overseen† by two young mothers of the congregation:
Carolyn Goodchild and Hannah Morris.† The
Sunday school has 3 classes: a junior, an intermediate and a senior. The Sunday School is overseen by Elspeth Singh and is staffed by six
regular teachers and one helper.†
The children of the Sunday
School are with the congregation for the first part of the worship service, then
go down to Sunday School following the Childrenís Sermon
(or the celebration of baptism, on a baptismal Sunday). There
they have about 45 minutes with their teachers. The session has recently
modified its policy on children at the Lordís Table. Children are welcomed to
the Lordís table when a) they have received instruction in the meaning of the
sacrament, b) they minister and session agree that they have become ďchildren of
faith and c) their parents concur. If visiting children are baptized and
regularly take communion at another branch of the Christian church, they are
welcome to participate in Holy Communion at Westminster-St. Paulís.
From October to February events were planned for a youth group by the minister.
Owing to the small attendance at these events, the continuation of a youth group
does not appear viable at present. The minister and session are looking for
youth events off-site which our youth could be invited to attend.
Do you want to know more about
what it means to be a Christian - a Christ-follower? Have you recently
become a member of the church or been considering membership in the church. Do
you enjoy the kind of discussion and social interaction that a small-group
format encourages? If so, then "Christian Basics" is for you!
The last session of Christian Basics ran during Lent 2006, and the next session
is being planned for either Lent or Eastertide 2007, with a possible sequel to
Christian Basics being offered as well.
For more details go to the Christian Basics
Course page by clicking here or contact the Minister by
firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a program flyer -