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Portrait of Don Menzies

This portrait was presented to Don Menzies by Westminster Church at a luncheon held at the Church on October 16, 2016 in honour of his 50 years as Organist of the Church. The artist is a long time member of the church, Robert Burton.

Westminster Church Choir presents Gabriel Fauré’s REQUIEM

Gabriel Fauré 1845-1924

Gabriel Fauré
1845-1924

Remembrance Sunday
November 13th, 2016 10:30 AM

Two years ago, Westminster Choir and its soloists presented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. This year the choir performs yet another classic work, Romantic composer Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.

This Requiem is a large departure from the work of Mozart, as its music and language no longer dwell on judgment and doomsday, but rather focus on grace, hope, and peace.

The work is just over thirty minutes long, and while not as technically difficult as other pieces in the genre, is musically challenging. Pitfalls concerning phrasing, language and vocal control abound in every movement.

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Upcoming events

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Watch for our pre-recorded service set to go live on this Sunday morning at 10:30 am. The link to this service will be available right here on Sunday morning.

Summer update: building closure and re-opening plans

Effective May, 2020 the board of Westminster United Church decided the building of Westminster will continue to be closed to public and staff until further notice. All staff will continue to work from home (with the exception of caretaking and daycare). Mail, church voicemail and email will continue to be monitored regularly. A Start Up Task Group has been established by the Board to develop the criteria and action plan for the re-opening of the building and the resuming of regular activities, when the time comes. This group will likely begin its work in August.

If you have questions, concerns, or need anything please call the church at 204-784-1330 and leave a voicemail or send an email.

Looking for ways to help the wider community during this time, or need some help yourself?  Please consider the following organizations:

COViD-19 Update

Effective April 1, 2020, the building of Westminster United Church is fully shut down for two weeks, due to the Province of Manitoba Health Order to close all non-essential businesses, including non-profits, to slow the spread of COViD-19. Email and voicemail will be checked regularly, and the actual mail will be checked everyday. Staff will work from home. If you have questions, concerns or need anything, please call the church at 204-784-1330 and leave a voicemail, or send an email. Someone will get back to you — we promise!

If you are looking for ways to help the wider community during this time, or need some help yourself, please consider the following organizations:

COViD 19 plan

Effective Saturday March 21, 2020 Westminster United Church is suspending worship services and all programming, and the building will be closed until further notice. The board of Westminster will meet in early April to re-assess this plan, and determine next steps.

Westminster’s voice mail and email will be monitored regularly. We plan to be in regular communication via congregational email, facebook and our website. We hope to offer worship and reflection resources via technology, and are working on that.

Organisations and community groups that meet in the church building are being notified. Please contact your community group or organization directly for further information.

Questions of Faith, with a nod to Star Wars, led by Rev. Dr. Jim Christie

Join us for Westminster United Church’s 2020 Lenten Study. All are Welcome! Three Sessions exploring what we know in terms of current scholarship and research about Jesus’ life, death and beyond, and what it all means for our lives and faith today.

  • Session 1 / Wednesday March 4th, A New Hope: Jesus of Nazareth, what we know of him and how.
  • Session 2 / Wednesday March 11th, The Empire Strikes Back: The Passion Narratives and their Implications.
  • Session 3 / Wednesday March 25th, The Return of . . . : The Resurrection, in context, today and beyond.

All Sessions are 7:00 to 8:30 pm (in the Lecture Hall). Come for one, two, or all three sessions! Please call or email the church office to register (204-784-1330 or info@westminsterchurch.org).

Centering Prayer Group

Centering Prayer Friends: please come five minutes early to help settle yourself into the practice that begins at 5:45 pm. In the heartfelt desire to promote more quiet contemplation, we are now holding space for Centering Prayer in Westminster’s Sanctuary on the third Thursday of the month, from 5:45 to 6:45 pm.

  • Thursday, 17 October 2019, 5:45 to 6:45 pm
  • Thursday, 21 November 2019, 5:45 to 6:45 pm
  • Thursday, 16 January 2020, 5:45 to 6:45 pm
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020, 5:45 to 6:45 pm
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020, 5:45 to 6:45 pm
  • Thursday, 16 April 2020, 5:45 to 6:45 pm

HAVE YOU READ OUR eSTORY?
Stories of Westminster United Church & its People

A definite must-read for everyone at Westminster, everyone in Winnipeg, and everyone else! Roy Halstead has carefully curated a fascinating and captivating history of Winnipeg’s iconic landmark—and it’s all about the people! Click here for a good eRead!

Westminster United Church and Wolseley Community response to the fires

Thank you to everyone who came out to the community BBQ on April 30th. Community response was generous as Wolseley neighbours and Westminster folk came together to donate clothing, household items and money, as well as share food and enjoy each other’s company. Those who wished to do so, were invited to participate in a focused conversation and debriefing about the fire experience.

The cash collected was very generous and included $250.00 donated by the fire fighters. Each household has taken what they can use of the goods donated and what is left will be donated to the Bell Tower Community Café. The cash will be shared among the six individuals directly affected by the fire — four adults and two children. Costs associated with the BBQ were covered through donations specifically made for that purpose.

Once again, Westminster thanks all for their generous care and support of our neighbours.