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How do I get to Westminster?
- It’s easy to find from I-75! Click on the "Get Directions" link on the right-hand side of any page of our website.
- RTA Bus stops in front of the church. Go to the “Find Us” page for more complete directions.
- Parking is easy too. Our Westminster Church parking lot is on First Street, between Perry and Wilkinson, across from the main Sanctuary entrance.
- Wheelchair access is on Perry Street.
What’s the service like?
- Worship at Westminster is “screen-free” and spirit filled. All music is live.
- Traditional in format, vibrant and relevant in content, centered on God’s Holy Word, proclaiming God’s Word for us today through thoughtful, accessible, prophetic preaching; congregational hymn singing and choral anthems that span the centuries and the globe.
- Go to “Worship” tab to hear sermons or view our most recent bulletin.
- Go to “Music” tab and click on “Listen to Music” to sample what you would hear on a Sunday morning.
Will there be anybody like me at Westminster?
- All kinds of people visit from near and far: Curious, skeptical, life-long church goers, and folks who have never been to church before will all be there on any given Sunday.
- Plenty of folks from Ohio (OSU and University of Michigan fans equally represented) as well as people from all over the country and some international folks as well.
- People of all ages, stages of life, and spiritual development are drawn to Westminster. You may not see many children when you enter the Sanctuary because they are too short to be seen above the pew backs. We have over fifty children who attend regularly.
How should I dress?
- Clothing styles vary. Some folks dress up in jackets and dresses. Others dress more casually.
- More dress up than don’t. You probably won’t see that many blue jeans or flip flops. Wear what you like. There is no real dress code. Unless you’re in the choir: they wear robes.
What happens when I get there?
- You will be greeted (hopefully at least twice) by a Greeter in the hallway and then by an Usher who will hand you a bulletin that guides everyone through the order of worship. The usher will help you find a seat. The Sanctuary is large (it seats 1000) and will feel “comfortably full.”
- Worship begins with organ music before the hour to help you get centered and prepared to worship God. Sometimes you will hear English hand bells, and other instruments such as flute, trumpet, or violin during the Call to Worship in Music.
- Just as the music begins, our young acolytes (3rd – 6th grade children) light the candles on our communion table.
- Right at 10:00 a.m., our 80-voice chancel choir sings a short introit from the back of the Sanctuary.
- After a spoken Call to Worship and Greeting, we sing a congregational hymn from our hymnbooks as the choir and worship leaders process into the Sanctuary.
What about children in worship?
- We welcome them and believe their presence in worship is vital to our community. We provide Children’s Bulletins and Worship Bags for our younger worshippers. We offer nursery care for infants and pre-school children. See the “Children” tab for full description of the age-specific classes offered.
How long does the service last?
- Usually about an hour. Sometimes a little longer on special occasions. Most people stay to hear the concluding voluntary played by the organ. Coffee and goodies happen downstairs in Fellowship Hall, directly after worship.
Am I required to do anything during the service?
- You are encouraged to participate as fully in our worship as you feel comfortable.
- The congregation is invited to stand several times for singing hymns, certain prayers, and readings.
- A voluntary offering is collected every Sunday after the sermon, to express our gratitude and to help God’s work get accomplished here in the Dayton community and around the world.
- The Lord’s Supper is served 7 times a year, and is open to all Christian believers. The elements are usually served in your pew.
Who can become a member?
- We welcome all persons who respond in trust and obedience to God’s grace in Jesus Christ and desire to become part of the membership and ministry of Westminster.
- No persons shall be denied membership because of race, ethnic origin, worldly condition, or any other reason not related to profession of faith. We extend the fellowship of Christ to all persons. Failure to do so constitutes a rejection of Christ himself and causes a scandal to the gospel.
How would I go about becoming a member here?
- We offer Investigating Church Membership seminars three times a year.
- The next one will be offered in a new format: a four-week class on Sunday mornings after worship, from 11:20 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., on April 10, 17, 24, and May 1. If you would like to talk to someone about membership, please contact our Associate Pastor for Spiritual Growth, Laurie Brubaker Davis (223-7285 or Laurie@westminsterdayton.org).
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