Westminster Presbyterian Church is a caring community of faith, formed in Jesus Christ and bound to God and one another in Christian love. The focus of care at Westminster is not only on meeting the needs of every member, from the very youngest to the oldest, but also on enabling all members to identify and carry out their ministries of service to others. In addition to providing support during all of life's transitions and challenges, we hope to promote overall wellness. Most of our resources are available to the community at large. Our model of care is missional, designed to help us reach out in Christ's love to the world around us.
Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia? You are not alone. You are invited to join others who are giving such care in a support group sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. Join us as we support each other on this road that can be a combination of sadness and joy. We will laugh together, cry together, and learn together.
Reservations are not necessary, and there is no cost to attend.
Counseling is available for families and individuals at the church though the The Westminster Samaritan Counseling Center.
To schedule an appointment, please call 412-854-4530
Daytime hours and evening appointments are available.
Counseling should always bring us closer to becoming the person God intends us to be. At the Westminster Samaritan Counseling Center, we work on bringing the many facets of a person's life into a harmonious union. We include the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions of who you are. We help our clients gain skills that enable them to confront the realities of life, develop solutions to stressful situations and learn to maintain the growth achieved.
We believe that effective counseling takes place in a trusting relationship between client and counselor. Our therapists are caring professionals, dedicated to helping people grow beyond their present situations.
The Westminster Samaritan Counseling Center provides one-on-one counseling for adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. We also provide spiritual direction, grief support services, group seminars, and retreats.
Committed to Excellence
The Samaritan Counseling Center is fully accredited by the Samaritan institute in Denver, Colorado, which is recognized by The American Medical Association, The President's Commission on Mental Health, The American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and major church denominations.
All of the therapists are state licensed and/or certified by a professional organization. All therapists have one or more Master's degrees and participate in continuing education, peer review and ongoing supervision. We have a consulting psychiatrist.
Our counselors are committed to uphold professional ethical standards which demand strict confidentiality and the utmost regard for the value of the client's time, finances and person.
A primary goal for us is that professional counseling be affordable without compromising quality, regardless of the client's ability to pay.
Many of our services are reimbursable using health care insurance. An adjusted fee can also be arranged, based on a family's gross income. The Samaritan Counseling Center is an ecumenical, non-profit corporation funded by fees for services and by contributions from churches, businesses, civic groups, individuals and foundations.
Contributions to our Client Aid Fund enable us to offer our services on an adjusted fee basis. If you would like to make a contribution to our center, please contact our main office at 412-854-4530.
Download our brochure to read about our counselors
Extended Home Communion is taken to those who are unable to come to church. If you are unable to come to church and would like to receive communion at home, please call the church office at 412-835-6630.
Open Arms Partners are available to minister one-on-one with people both within and beyond Westminster's community of faith to offer support, respite, and love for those who are experiencing a crisis; who are sick or hospitalized; who are unemployed or underemployed; and/or who would benefit from a friendly visit with a Christian friend.
Open Arms Partners is Westminster's uniquely crafted visitation ministry which replaced and expanded our former Stephen Ministry program. Most of our partnerships are for those who just need someone to look in on them now and then. But others have formed around specific needs such as prayer partners, or rides to worship. Our goal is to build caring relationships centered in Christ; to be a blessing to both givers and receivers.
Please let us know if you or someone you know could benefit from some extra support or visits. We would also love to hear from anyone who might be willing to go out and visit others. Don't hesitate if you have an interest but feel ill equipped. We will be happy to offer the necessary training or coaching you need to get you started.
Westminster has developed a planner that will help you reflect on your wishes and provide information your loved ones need to know in the event you become disabled or pass away. Planning is a gift for your relatives, friends, and clergy who can then act in an informed manner to carry out your wishes.
The Pet Ministry's mission is to ensure that we're being good stewards of God's creation by advocating a greater awareness of what it means to be in love and charity with all the living creatures of our world.
The ministry organizes several programs and events throughout the year. For more information please email email@example.com or call the church office at 412-835-6630.
The Pet Ministry organizes several programs and events throughout the year:
Therapets Canine Certification Classes
These six-week classes will develop skills needed for you and your dog to conduct therapy dog visits to a variety of facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, residential treatment centers, hospices and more. The Pet Ministry offers classes throughout the year. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessing of the Pets
All people-friendly pets and their owners are invited to a celebration that recognizes the animal companions that love us unconditionally. A pastor blesses these special family members and the people who love and care for them. Pets need to be on non-retractable leashes or in carriers, and you'll need to bring proof of current vaccinations. The Blessing of the Pets is held once a year, the first Sunday in October, at 2:00 p.m. in the South Parking Lot.
The Westminster prayer group focuses on prayer for our church's ministry, our community, our nation, and the world, as well as for those in hospitals, those who have suffered a loss, or are experiencing other concerns in their lives. An ongoing list of prayer receivers contains members and non-members of Westminster.
Led by Nana Wilson
The practice of Centering Prayer is an invitation to deep, personal freedom. The method of Centering Prayer is a renewal of the ancient Christian tradition of contemplative prayer which was the goal of Christian spirituality for the first 16 centuries. It is not the type of prayer we are generally used to, like praying out loud or asking for something or even giving thanks. Centering Prayer complements these more active modes of prayer by facilitating a movement into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It is moving deep within ourselves, in silence, saying nothing, asking nothing, just intending to be in the Presence of the ultimate ground of being. Centering Prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline which fosters that relationship. With Centering Prayer we learn a method of listening to and resting in this Presence.
20 for new members (includes needles, yarn, and directions for your first project)
Prayer Shawl Ministry members knit or crochet shawls and lap robes that are given to persons who are ill, have suffered a loss, or are in the midst of a life crisis. Anyone can make a request for a shawl or recommend a recipient. The group also continues working on various scarf, hat, and mitten projects for several charitable groups, including SHIM and Washington City Mission.
Prior experience is not required. The only prerequisite is a desire to spend a delightful, relaxing evening in the company of those who share your love of needlework. Our schedule is very flexible, and attendance at every session is not required. Beginners and experienced needle workers are encouraged to become a part of this very special ministry. Anyone wishing to work independently is encouraged to do so. There are no deadlines -- just present the shawl when it is finished.
Start with a prayer. Before beginning, say a prayer for the individual who may be receiving the shawl. You can pray for healing, good health, and peace. Please take the time to repeat your prayer as you knit. Prayer is good for you as well as the one who will receive the shawl.