Children's Ministry

Our Children's Ministry exists in partnership with parents to develop disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming God's glory to the next generation.

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

Luke 18:16

Ministries

Sunday School provides instruction in the basics of the faith from caring and involved teachers. Using Great Commission Publications curriculum, children ages 2 through grade 6 are taught God’s story of redemption from Genesis through Revelation. Meets 9:30 am, Sunday mornings.

Sunday School registration for 2022–2023 coming soon!

Children’s Clubs provide an active environment for nurturing Christian relationships, instructing in biblical teachings, welcoming friends, and serving others. (Children must be pre-registered to participate.) Meets 6:30 pm Wednesday evenings, September through May. 

Westminster’s Missions & Me project began in 1999 with the purpose to teach children to understand how God works through the church in the world, to connect them to the missionaries we support, and to encourage them to be missionaries right where they live.

The Missions & Me companion book is designed for family participation and includes weekly prayer requests for WPC missionaries, activities, and recipes.  

Missions & Me runs yearly from mid-January to early March.

Vacation Bible School extends the love of Christ to children in our local community and within our church community by proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in a fun-filled, exciting four-day program each summer. 

July 25–28, 2022                    9:30 am–Noon

For children age 5 to completed Grade 6

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NURSERY

Welcome to Westminster’s Nursery Ministry! Our mission is to provide loving care for our visitors and our covenant children in an environment that promotes spiritual development, as well as, emotional and physical well-being. It is our privilege to serve your family by caring for your children.

Leaders

Mary Jo Rizzo - Children's Ministry Director

Mary Jo came to Westminster Church as the Director of Children’s Ministry in 2011 from Wheatland PCA Church where she served as the youth director. Her work coordinates all ministries for children from birth to grade six. The Children’s Ministry Assistant, Event Assistant, and Nursery Coordinator serve under her oversight. Her major duties include children’s Sunday School, Wednesday night children’s clubs, Vacation Bible School, and the Missions & Me Project. Mary Jo holds a Bachelor of Science in human resources management from Juniata College and a Master’s in Religious Education from Liberty University School of Divinity. 

Send Mary Jo an email at rizzo@westpca.com

Carol Boyer - Children's Ministry Assistant

Carol has been a member of Westminster since 2001.  She is the mother of two children and three grandchildren. As Children’s Ministry Assistant to Mary Jo, Carol performs many clerical duties which include keeping attendance, promoting, ordering Sunday School curriculum, making sure the teachers & club leaders have what they need, and substituting when needed. She also helps with VBS and Missions & Me. In addition, Carol helps in the Finance Department, teaches Bible2School at the Bucher School, helps in the cemetery, and is a member of a small group.    

 

Send Carol an email at boyer@westpca.com

Willow Donnachie - Event assistant

Willow Williams was born and raised in Lancaster. She recently moved back to PA after dancing for two years in New York. While living in the city, she worked in the children’s ministries at both Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Resurrection Presbyterian Church. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and is now the new owner of Susquehanna Dance Center in Mountville. For three years, while at Mason University, she served as an upperclassman women’s small group leader with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She has previously worked at WPC with the junior high girls as a youth summer intern and also as the Vacation Bible School intern. She hopes to create a God-centered, loving, and supportive community for the participating children and the wonderful volunteers within the ministry.

 

Send Willow an email at willow@westpca.com

Forms & Applications

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The Explorers class teaches the truths of Scripture on an individualized basis to children with exceptionalities with the goal of the exposing the children to the concepts of reformed doctrine using adapted resources. Explorers also provides a modified VBS and quarterly respite events to walk alongside the families to nurture their child’s spiritual health. Please contact our church office or children’s ministry office if you are interested in your child attending our Explorer’s class.