Westminster Presbyterian Church continues the timeless theological quest that seeks to deepen our understanding of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, as well as to order both authentically and intelligibly our words about God. A number of Adult Education Scripture study classes and other seminars meet Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., as well as other times throughout the week.
College is a time of exploration, growth, learning, and questioning. Westminster has witnessed the need for the presence of a faith community on UNL’s campus and in response sponsors University Presbyterians, known as UP. UP meets every Tuesday from 6:30-8:00pm for fellowship and devotionals with the intention of building a faith community that shares and celebrates Reformed theology and beliefs. UP also provides rides for students from campus to Sunday morning worship at Westminster through a carpool program. If you would like to get involved in this special and valuable ministry, please contact Pastor Jen at email@example.com.
Westminster Preschool (3-5 years)
Westminster Preschool offers preschool and extended care for children ages 3-5 in a safe, nurturing environment where children can develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, intellectually, and culturally. Our program balances child-initiated and teacher-directed activities, with an emphasis on creativity and play, and is the only church-based preschool in Lincoln that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Navigate to www.wpslincoln.org for more information.
A scholarship fund has been established to assist children attending Westminster Preschool. Financial donations can be directed to the church business office. Contact Suzanne Schneider: 402-475-6702, ext. 103.
Kindergarten of Eden Sunday School (3-5 years)
Classes begin in the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service, then regroup in Room 210 at 10:45 to continue learning. Led by nurturing volunteers and utilizing the Wee Believe curriculum, the classes teach Bible-based stories of God and God’s People using a wide range of activities: stories, songs, crafts, and games.
Faith Village Sunday School (K-5th Grade)
Classes meet Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. (beginning at 10:30 a.m. worship), and use the theory of multiple intelligences and workshop rotation model. Monthly themes help children go deeper into the Bible, and workshops in areas such as cooking, art, drama, music, computers, games, science, videos, and storytelling help all children experience the stories in ways that are meaningful to them. Class sessions open with group songs, the Lord’s Prayer, and an offering. Attendance is rewarded monthly and at the end of the school year.
Middle School Sunday School (Grades 6-7)
Youth build on their knowledge of the Bible learned in Faith Village and relate Bible stories to their daily lives. Exploration of music, movies, and social media bridge the connection between Faith Village and confirmation. (9 a.m. Sundays.)
Confirmation Class (Grades 8-9)
Youth explore six segments in a 2-year program in order to fully prepare to become full members of the congregation. The class, taught by Dr. Christy Dempsey, covers study topics in Christianity, traditions from the Bible, world religions, and creating a Faith Statement. Each fall and spring, the confirmation youth attend a retreat. Youth and parents also sign a Covenant at the start of each school year. (9 a.m. Sundays.)
Senior High Sunday School (Grades 9-12)
Youth dialogue, discuss, and debate how faith impacts daily life, what God requires of us as Christians, and how our gifts and talents can be directed to best serve God. (9 a.m. Sundays.)
Senior High Youth Group meets twice a month, usually on the second and fourth Sundays, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Faith Building Blocks (Birth-Confirmation/9th Grade)
Faith Building Blocks Brochure (PDF)
This series of extra faith-building opportunities is designed to help children build a firm foundation of faith and strong sense of God’s love, and to give families opportunities to learn and grow in faith together, from baptism through confirmation. Most of these “blocks” are one-session classes outside of regular Sunday School, and are designed for participation by both parents and children. Children who are not regularly attending Sunday School are still encouraged to participate.
2. Preschool – Sunday School Orientation
Parents and children visit the Kindergarten of Eden room the Saturday before Genesis Sunday to get acquainted with teachers and other families.
3. Kindergarten – Bibles
Presented in worship each fall.
4. First Grade – “Signs of Faith”
Families discover symbols (star, heart, dove, fish, cross, triangle) and their meanings.
5. Second Grade – “Noah”
“Two by Two, God makes a Promise to YOU.”
6. Third Grade – “Learning to Use My Bible”
Where did the Bible come from? How do I find a chapter and verse? Bibles are presented at worship.
7. Fourth Grade – “The Sacraments”
Communion (taken on Maundy Thursday) and Baptism.
8. Fifth Grade – “The Lord’s Prayer”
9. Sixth Grade – “The Ten Commandments”
Exploring these “rules from God” and discussing the passage in depth.
10. Seventh Grade – “The Apostle’s Creed”
Examining this ancient, historical statement of Christian belief.
11. Eighth Grade – “Time and Talent”
Recognizing our gifts and responding to God’s call.
12. Ninth Grade – “Bible and Confirmation”
Confirmation Faith Statements. Bibles are presented at worship..
Vacation Bible School (3 years-5th Grade)
Held in June. Children embark on a thematic adventure to discover more about God’s amazing love through recreation activities, science, art, storytelling, and much more. (Extended care available.)
Creative Arts Camp (K-5th Grade)
Held in July. Community experts in the arts encourage children to discover and respond to God through art, dance, music, rhythm, drama, and more. (Extended care available).
Drama Camp (K-8th Grade)
Held during Lincoln Public Schools spring break. Budding Thespians partnered with community leaders work together to produce a full-scale drama by week’s end. Children learn skills in speaking, movement, makeup, staging, set creation, and the value of group effort. (Extended care available.)
Camp Calvin Crest & Conference Center
Located on wooded bluffs overlooking the Platte River near Fremont, Camp Calvin Crest (www.calvincrest.org) exists to serve God and God’s people of all ages. Volunteer camp directors, counselors, and others are needed. Summer camping registration forms are available on the Garden Room prior to camp times; inquire to the church office about available financial aid.