Sponsor a backpack for a student who doesn't have the means to pay for the supplies. Due to COVID 19 we are collecting money this year in lieu of school supplies to reduce multiple people handling backpacks. Outreach purchased 150 backpacks to donate to this mission. It costs $40 to fill each backpack, to help send a check by July 15 to the church made out to Westminster Presbyterian Church with memo line: Bridge Academy. Questions? Contact Laura Davis.
The men, women, and youth who live at Chester County Prison are experiencing extreme social isolation during this coronavirus epidemic. All visits except those of professionals have been suspended since the stay at home orders in March. No visits from family. No visits from re-entry volunteers. No chapel services. Consider being a source of encouragement for residents and staff at the prison by sending a handwritten note or a simple card. Please pray for Warden Edward McFadden and his administration, correction officers, food service and maintenance workers, nurses, Chaplain Heinrich Botes, the prisoners, and their families. Questions? Contact Rhoda McNitt. Here are a few guidelines:
- Please do not use crayons, stickers, or glue
- Please do not enclose anything
- In your note you can write a prayer, a Bible verse, a drawing
- Address your cards to "Prison Ministry for Staff" or "Prison Ministry for Resident" and send care of Westminster, 10 West Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, PA 19382; cards will be collected and delivered to the prison
We are grateful for your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). Through your generosity, we collected more than $14,300 for this special offering! During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more apparent the most vulnerable in our midst suffer first, most, and longest. In the days ahead, staff of Self-Development of People, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will partner with presbyteries to respond to the present crisis. This work will begin with the most at-risk communities across the country and around the world, as well as those facing spikes of racism in response to this disease. Thank you so much for making this possible through your generous donations!
The pastors invited children to make a Pentecost Headband to wear next Sunday. Click here to download the headband PDF.Children are invited to a KidsConnect Pentecost Zoom Celebration from 9-9:30am on Sunday May 31st. Children will help tell the story and be able to see many of their church friends that they haven't seen in months. Click here to register.
We would like to honor your graduation from high school, tech school, college, graduate school, or the military by including you in a digital Westminster yearbook, recognize your future plans on our social media and create a yard sign for high school seniors. Please send a photo and brief bio to Laura Davis, Kim Benfer or Susanne Perkins by May 26.
May 17 would traditionally be Sticky Bun Sunday at Westminster. Just because we can't enjoy them together in person doesn't mean it can't be Sticky Bun Sunday. Click here to watch a video of Terry Hawkins teach you to make sticky buns at home, or click here for the recipe. Click here to learn how Sticky Bun Sunday started at Westminster.
Although the church building is closed, our partnerships with local organizations continue. Westminster typically has monthly opportunities to donate food and other items. Since we currently cannot offer these collections, please consider making a financial donation instead. Every two weeks, we will highlight a new category for possible giving options. During the first half of May, Westminster’s focus is food ministries. With lost jobs and incomes, families may not have enough food. Many organizations remain open to assist people experiencing food insecurity in our community. Questions? Contact Pastor Ann Hatfield. If you are able to support any of these ministries, please visit their websites:
The Four Gospel Journey, a film series by Alexander J. Shaia: this week is Session Three: Moving Through Trials: Crossing Mark’s Stormy Sea. You can watch each film on your own during the week or join us for a discussion on our Sunday morning Journey Class.