- Increase capacity in the sanctuary for Sunday streaming team to 15 people.
- Allow special services in sanctuary (weddings/funerals only) for up to 25 people.
- Allow groups up to 25 to meet outside on church property, by reservation, with proper social distancing, masks, using own chairs, no access to building.
We’ve got you covered!! Westminster is sewing masks to have available for the congregation and our guests, once the church building reopens for in-person gatherings. We also will make this mask supply available to local community partners in need. For detailed directions click here. Questions? Contact Pastor Ann.
At its recent meeting, the Session of Westminster authorized establishing a “Covid-19 Fund” for the purpose of meeting the needs of individuals impacted by Covid-19. The initiative for this fund came from WPC members and friends asking for a way to donate funds, over and above their regular church giving, to assist individual households. Several people asked to be able to contribute their government stimulus checks for this purpose. Disbursement of funds will be confidential, and will be authorized by two of the pastors. Funds will be paid to organizations – landlords, utility companies, auto loans, etc. – on behalf of individuals in need. If you would like to donate funds, simply write “Covid-19” on the memo line of a check and send it to Donna Harrison at the church. If you, or someone you know is in need of financial assistance due to Covid-19, please contact one of the pastors.
- Vision is about getting the team 100% on the same page with where they are going long term
- Traction means that they start executing on that vision with focus, discipline and accountability
- Healthy means that they start working together as a more cohesive and functional team.
Our Stephen Ministry program continues to offer compassionate assistance during the pandemic. Our trained Stephen Ministers are available to meet via virtual technology or in outdoor, one-on-one, in-person visits (with appropriate safety precautions). During this season of greater uncertainty, stress, isolation, and grief, you may find it helpful to speak and pray with a Stephen Minister. If you are interested in learning more about the Christ-centered care available through Westminster’s Stephen Ministry program, please contact Pastor Ann.
Imagine you or a loved one just got your life back on track after a battle with addiction. You have a safe place to stay, people there to help you and a job that you look forward to everyday. But then COVID takes that all away. Since the pandemic struck, Angels Against Addiction has collaborated with Steps4Hope and the Phightin’ Frankie Foundation. Since April we have provided $45,000 in emergency grant funding to bridge the gap for 12+ plus recovery homes in Chester and Delaware Counties. Without this funding these homes would be in danger of closing their doors leaving those in early recovery without a safe place and in danger of relapsing. Your donation to Angels Against Addiction can help us to continue to save lives of those in recovery from the disease of addiction.
These past few months have been challenging for everyone, and we hope that you are safe and healthy amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Westminster Thrift Shop Board of Directors, manager, and volunteers have been meeting, sometimes weekly, via Zoom, discussing above all, when we will be able to reopen the Westminster Thrift Shop. At the present time, a subcommittee has been reviewing guidelines of the CDC, Donegal Presbytery, and the state of Pennsylvania, in order for us to provide a safe and healthy environment for our volunteers and customers, upon reopening in September. We ask for your patience in holding your donations until we feel it is safe to donate them. In the meantime, we will provide updates via the church emails. We look forward to seeing everyone when we open in September.
Westminster is participating in a virtual Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters to Congress. This year once again focuses on nutrition, which includes those experiencing hunger in the United States. This has taken on greater urgency with the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. The economic fall from the pandemic will cause hunger to become more widespread in the U.S. and worldwide. The number of people experiencing extreme hunger globally could nearly double to 265 million according to the U.N. World Food Program. Make your voice heard by clicking hereand follow the easy instructions to email Congress. Questions? Contact Kim Benfer.
- physical space and capacity limitations due to distancing requirements
- building access limitations and restrictions
- facility preparedness and cleaning accommodations
- safety and security measures for members and staff at increased risk of infection
- Steve Brown; MA in Public Administration in Health Services; Retired hospital and healthcare systems CEO. Current Westminster Trustee; member for 2 years.
- Karen Finley, BSN RN; Retired nurse and case manager from Chester County Hospital. Current Westminster Deacon; member for 45 years.
- Scott Lockledge, Ph.D., scientist and entrepreneur in global companies; CEO and co-founder of two nanotechnology start-up enterprises; experience crafting and advising on science policy in Congress and the White House. Current Westminster Elder; member for 12 years.
- Jim Scanlon, Ph.D., superintendent of the West Chester Area School District since 2009; previously teacher, principal, superintendent; member for 2 years.
- Steve Simonson, M.D. Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer for Windtree Therapeutics, a biotech company developing therapies for respiratory disease; member for 23 years.
- Barb Sivek, COO; CHIME Foundation – which provides strategic leadership for five major healthcare industry supported foundations. Resting Westminster elder; member for 38 years.