Westminster is open, accepting, affirming, challenging, and stimulating. We seek a life in which love and justice figure prominently. We try to reach out to those who share our vision of the world as a place of peace and hope. We seek to live lives that honour and serve our God.
Westminster United Church officially came into being on November 18, 1990. For a number of years, services were held in the gymnasium at Mary Johnston Public School. We moved into our current building in June, 1996, and officially opened it to the public on September 5, 1996.
While we tend to have younger members and many children, we welcome people of all ages, both single and families. We are committed to including all people in the life and worship of the congregation. Our theological perspective, though deeply rooted in tradition, is liberal, with freedom of thought encouraged, as we seek to grow in faith and in wisdom.
The Cedars is our shared worship and community centre and home to both Westminster United Church and Temple Shalom, a Jewish community of worship. It is an unusual arrangement and both congregations prosper within this unique relationship.
Living for a Community of Service
Westminster United Church is sustained through the Grace of God and the commitment of our people. By these principles we choose to live:
We embrace growth and the changing needs within our congregation and community in spirit, meaning, outreach, and fellowship.
We embrace the Spirit of a uniting church through living our faith in Jesus Christ.
We embrace the care of God's Creation.
We embrace the dignity of each individual.
We embrace our vision of creating an environment that enables us to live our principles as the people of God in each day.
To establish and develop a Church organization to be known as Westminster United Church of Waterloo, for the purpose of worshipping God, to grow and develop in knowledge and understanding of God's work and purpose in the world. To create an environment of openness for all people. To affirm that all who seek to live faithfully regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, or social circumstances are welcome to full participation in the life of the congregation.
To foster full opportunity for full participation by all in the wider church.
To develop and promote meaningful Christian Education programs for the children and youth of the congregation, to develop and nurture a fuller understanding of God and the principles of faith of the United Church of Canada.
To present all programs in such a manner as to elicit enthusiastic participation by this most important segment of the congregation.
To carry out God's ministry of love and caring within the immediate Westminster community where congregational members live and work, including global outreach in a world where God's people can benefit from Christian love and support.
To act as disciples of Christ and to follow the Christian teachings of the church.
To strengthen our Christian faith through increased knowledge of God, learned through participation in worship services and other church activities.