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We are open! Westminster has re-opened for worship services. Starting in July, worship will be held in the Elmer Ashley Hall (Westminster gymnasium). However, we will be following the guidelines set out by Horseshoe Falls Regional Council, the Ontario Government, and local health officials. Please follow the links below for details.
e-transfer: Members of the congregation can now e-transfer their monetary gift to Westminster.
set up Westminster United Church as the recipient using the church's email address:
enter the amount you want to donate
use prayer as the security password
follow the instructions of your financial institution
Take a look at some of Jude's pictures in the Philippines set to the familiar hymn, All Things Bright and Beautiful.
Regional Council Prayer Cycles
As a church, we are called to pray for each other and for our mission in the world. Each Sunday for the churches in a large area, of which Niagara and Hamilton are a part, and is known as the Horseshoe Falls Region by the United Church of Canada, churches join together in praying for selected members.
Here is a link to the website: https://www.prayercycles.ca/horseshoefalls
And if you follow it, you will see that this week, prayers are dedicated to Port Dover - Woodhouse Community of Faith, and the following week, it will be Westminster - St. Catharines. Near the top of the web page, you will see a link to a page which displays the following prayer.
In this time of COVID-19, we pray:
When we aren't sure, God, help us be calm; when information comes from all sides, correct and not, help us to discern; when fear makes it hard to breathe, and anxiety seems to be the order of the day, slow us down, God; help us to reach out with our hearts, when we can't touch with our hands; help us to be socially connected, when we have to be socially distant; help us to love as perfectly as we can, knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."
For the doctors, we pray, for the nurses, we pray, for the technicians and the janitors and the aides and the caregivers, we pray, for the researchers and theorists, the epidemiologists and investigators, for those who are sick, and those who are grieving, we pray, for all who are affected, all around the world...we pray for safety, for health, for wholeness.
May we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked and house those without homes; may we walk with those who feel they are alone, and may we do all that we can to heal the sick—in spite of the epidemic, in spite of the fear.
Help us, O God, that we might help each other.
In the love of the Creator, in the name of the Healer, in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all, we pray. May it be so.
A prayer during times of COVID-19 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.
Here is a link which explains more about the Horseshoe Falls, communities of faith Regional Council.
On our website, we now have a video of the church interior, with close-ups of the stained glass windows. If you go to our website and click on worship, the link is to the right of that page. You will also find a link to sermons that you may have missed. For a small charge a DVD can be provided. Please provide feedback.