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Bible Study

The purpose of reading the Bible and of listening to sermons based upon it, is to allow God’s Word, recorded in ancient times, to Speak again to us today.  The Bible is a matchless source of practical wisdom for life and helps Christians to know and to rejoice in the God they worship.  The stories, sayings and historical events, which comprise the Bible are, however, often quite difficult to understand and interpret. 

There are two study groups at Westminster St. Paul’s which help folk to discover the Bible.  

The men’s Bible study meets from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at a local breakfasting establishment, currently the Golden Griddle on Woodlawn.  Discussions are led by the Rev. Everson Sieunarine

The women’s Bible study meets from 9 - 10.30 am at the home of Ruth Barnett, an elder at WSP, who leads the study.  From 9 - 9:30 a.m. the women share a continental breakfast and some conversation, with the study commencing at 9:30 a.m.  New members are always welcome at both studies.  BYOB means “Bring your own Bible.”


Christian Basics

Throughout Lent the minister conducted a six-week course on the Basics of the Christian Faith. The course was so well received that there are plans to offer it at least once a year, as the cornerstone of the adult Christian education curriculum at Westminster-St. Paul’s, and the ordinary preparation for church membership. The course will next be offered during either Eastertide or Lent 2007 and a sequel for “graduates” of Christian Basics is being contemplated.

See the Christian basics page of this site for more details.


Fellowship 

Those who worship with us often remark that Westminster-St. Paul’s is a friendly community with lots of opportunities for fellowship – especially fellowship involving food!  There is tea and coffee (or a cold drink in summer) following the service each week and on the first Sunday (September to June) of the month a full-scale luncheon is provided through the food-donations of congregation. 

During November’s fellowship luncheon the congregation enjoyed a slide presentation from two members of the congregation, Nick and June Kaethler, who have recently returned from a couple of years of teaching English in China with China Education Exchange, a ministry of the Mennonite Central Committee. 

During December’s we welcomed Ted Seres of the Canadian Bible Society and Peter Giesbrecht of the Christian Salvage Mission, who told us about their work of distributing Bibles and Christian literature in Canada and overseas. 

There was no fellowship luncheon in January, and February’s was followed by the Annual congregational meeting. For the March and April fellowship luncheons we heard more about our Lenten focus on the HIV-AIDS pandemic in Africa, and our church’s work Toward a World Without AIDS, from the McGillivary Circle, the minister, and the Rev. Jeff Veenstra who visited Malawi in November to see, first hand, some of the devastation AIDS is causing.

There are three groups in the congregation providing fellowship for women: the McGillivary Circle, which has an historic connection with the Women’s Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; this year they are studying the problem of HIV-AIDS in Africa, the Victoria Circle, who act in a sort of women’s auxiliary capacity, raising funds for special projects in the church through the fall bazaar and the sale of beef pies, and the Westminster Belles, whose purpose is more purely fellowship-related. 

Special Days is a ministry of Westminster-St. Paul’s aimed at our immediate community, which occupies the border-land between fellowship and outreach.  It runs on the third Wednesday of every month and provides a meal, a short Christian message, and a time of fellowship for many – mostly seniors – in our neighbourhood. Starting in September, the requested donation for the meal is $7.


Community Outreach 

During February and April food drives were sponsored in aid of Change Now, a program for homeless youth in Guelph run by Norfolk Street United.

Westminster-St. Paul’s continues to be involved in CORE, the co-ordinated response of the city’s churches to welfare needs in our community.


Prayer: 

Prayer is one of the things that Christian communities do:  “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (the Bible: Acts 2.42).  At Westminster-St. Paul’s there exists a prayer chain.  If anyone has a particular prayer request they can write this on the little cards found in each pew and put the card on the offering plate.  The card will be passed to the head of the prayer chain co-ordinators who will convey the request, by telephone, to the first “link” in the chain, who will, in turn, pass it on. 

Prayer requests are confidential and will remain active for a month.  Having dedicated “prayer-warriors” in a congregation does not mean that the rest of the congregation ceases to pray, but some in our midst excel at this ministry.  Often they are the house-bound and the elderly who are restricted as to the other forms of ministry they can exercise.