Committees

Committees

CAMP HENRY

Camp Henry is a Christian camp and retreat center, and a ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Camp’s facilities, programs, and leaders offer spiritual growth and joyful expression within the experience of the Christian Community. A place of worship, renewal and enjoyment, the Camp’s natural environment fosters appreciation of both Creator and Creation.

Located near Newaygo, on Kimball Lake, the 200- acre facility includes a developed waterfront, athletic field, theater, chapel, nature center, horse arena, ropes challenge courses, wetland nature trail, rustic camping, modern residences, and much more.

You are invited to become a part of it all by volunteering at Camp Henry! 

Ways to get involved
For more information contact the elder or staff.

•Camp Henry board member
Responsible for vision, strategic planning, fund raising, and policies of Camp Henry.

•Clean up days at camp henry
Join Camp Staff and other volunteers for a one-day event to help complete a to-do list which may include raking, sweeping, painting, minor repairs and general cleaning.

•General maintenance and facility care
Help staff to complete an on-going to-do list which may include raking, sweeping, painting, minor repairs and general cleaning. Since the Camp receives heavy use, there is always something that needs to be done.

•Camp Henry finance & development committee
Facilitates wise allocation of resources, explores and evaluates all possible revenue sources. Leads board in fund raising efforts.

•Camp Henry facility & infrastructure committee
Develops plans for infrastructure and facilities that will maximize the effectiveness and productivity of Camp Henry.

•Camp Henry safety & policy committee
Evaluates and develops the rules and procedures to provide a safe environment for all who use Camp Henry’s services.

•Camp Henry communications & marketing committee
Explores, maintains and grows programs and services; evaluates communication practices and develops effective communication plans and processes. 

Camp Henry Contact

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: CHILDREN, BIRTH - GRADE 5

No matter what age, people who are a part of a faith community need opportunities to grow in three specific areas of spirituality. We need to praise and worship God, have time to study, and engage in faithful acts of service with other people.

Children are an important part of the Westminster community of faith. We work hard to provide opportunities in age-appropriate ways for the children in our congregation to experience all three of these opportunities for growth.

We invite you to consider how you might live out the promises we make as a congregation when we baptize children! There are opportunities for short-term involvement as well as longer commitments. 

Ways to get involved
For more information contact the elder or staff

•Children’s ministries/family ministries committee - meets every other month This group envisions, plans, and oversees the educational themes and formats for children. They
also coordinate family events both for learning and fellowship. They collaborate with other standing committees so that our vision of "family" is inclusive of our entire faith community.

•Church school teachers for preschool and kindergarten (3, 4, & 5-year olds) Tell stories, supervise arts and crafts, enjoy little people! Teachers work in pairs and teach one month at a time each quarter. Curriculum, materials, orientation and      support are provided.

•Church school workshop leaders (1st through 5th graders)
Help school-age children explore biblical stories and themes. Teachers work in pairs, teaching one month each quarter. Teachers anchor a workshop area (drama, art, science, games) and the children rotate from one area to another so you work with all age levels. Detailed lesson plans and materials are provided.

•Nursery volunteers
Our Nursery is staffed 8:15a - 12:15p each Sunday morning. A consistent, paid staff anchors the space but babies need lots of holding so additional volunteers are scheduled each week. This is a great opportunity to provide the gifts of time to young parents and love to our smallest members. Volunteers serve approximately once every three months.

•Nurturing center leaders
Nuturing Center meets at the 11:00a service only. Leaders work once every 5-6 weeks. 

•Nurturing center greeters
Support the Nurturing Center Leader as a second pair of hands. Helps children focus on the story and engage in art or other activity.

•Worship center leaders (4-5 year olds through 2nd grade)
Worship centers meet at both the 8:30a and 11:00a services. Leaders guide the children through the order of worship, telling the story, leading prayers and songs, and offering a blessing to each child as they leave. Leaders receive training and meet occasionally together for refreshing and sharing. Each center has three leaders who rotate.

•Worship center greeters
Greeters support the Worship Leader by helping maintain the order of worship, helping children access materials for art activities after the story, supervising the door at the close of worship time, etc. While less preparation is required for Greeters, they serve a key role in the quality of the worship experience in the Center. Greeters serve once every 5-6 weeks. 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: ADULTS

The Spiritual Life & Learning Ministry programs at Westminster seek to explore the shape of our lives from the perspective of faith. Our Sunday morning education time offers adults opportunities to hear speakers, explore scripture and themes and to talk together, addressing the interior, interpersonal and environmental dimension of our spiritual lives. 

Ways to get involved
For more information contact the elder or staff

•Spiritual life & learning committee
Work with the elder and Minister for Christian Education to plan and implement themes, classes, and other learning opportunities for adults. This committee collaborates with many others as we work to help our members find practices that will nurture faith. 

COMMUNITY MINISTRIES

While monetary gifts are valuable and necessary, our goal for both community and worldwide ministry is to reach beyond participation toward partnership between our congregation and others. As we examine and re-envision our goal for both community and worldwide mission giving, we want to expand our understanding of what participation might mean for both our congregation and those with whom we are in mission. In our community, we're talking about partnering with people outside our congregation and revitalizing our community through participation in local ministries. 

Ways to get involved
For more information contact the elder or staff

•Food drive and food show coordinator - three times a year
Skills required are organization, people management, recognized leadership in community a plus. Oversee volunteers who bring food, sign up collectors, and sort and pack food. Will train.

•Community ministries committee
Members of this committee plan and implement WPC outreach ministries in the greater Grand Rapids community.

•Food pantry board
In conjunction with elder, Food Pantry Director, and Executive Minister you will oversee the financial, administrative and programmatic aspects of this critical ministry.

•Food pantry volunteer
We are a key pantry of the county-wide pantry system, feeding 500 families in the downtown area each month. All volunteers receive on-the-job training, people skills helpful; packers are on their feet for two hours. Pantry Days: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30a-2:30p.

•Martin Luther King day coordinator
With the assistance of the Community Ministries and Membership Growth & Development committees, this volunteer will recruit and oversee volunteers to keep the church open to the neighborhood for this one day event, with the goal of interacting with the community which surrounds Westminster. Requires organizational skills and hospitality.

•Westminster Works
Help members deal with all aspects of re-employment, including resume writing, networking, interview techniques and financial management. Members also offer spiritual support, reemployment training, psychological counseling, medical oversight, legal assistance, child care, family support, and transportation. 

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

We believe that through showing hospitality and building community, our faith becomes real, and we authentically become the body of Christ. Through our words and actions of witness to Christ’s love, we invite others to join us in discovering what God has in store for us, and what it means to faithfully live out our calling.

To that end, we provide opportunities for building and nurturing relationships within the Church and with the broader community through Sunday greeters, the Welcome Center, the friendship pads, New Member Orientation sessions and luncheons, Small Group Ministries, “Joining in Ministry” Booklet, and appearances at community functions.

We are committed to ensuring that Westminster Presbyterian Church is a place where all feel wrapped in the arms of Jesus and where God’s love is modeled and shared. 

Ways to get involved
For more information contact the elder or staff

•Greeter
Help greet and direct Sunday worshippers as they arrive. Be a welcoming presence for our members and guests prior to services. Greeters are stationed at specific locations, and are the first contact to those entering our doors.

•Greeter captain
Schedule weekly Sunday morning greeters, send reminder cards/emails, and invite other members to consider this ministry.

•Martin Luther King day coordinator
With the assistance of the Community Ministries and Membership Growth & Development committees, this volunteer will recruit and oversee volunteers to keep the church open to the neighborhood for this one day event, with the goal of interacting with the community which surrounds Westminster. Requires organizational skills and hospitality.

•Membership growth & development committee
Helps develop and implement programming that assists in the welcoming & education of WPC visitors. Maintains and further develops the connectedness of our members through fellowship, small groups, education classes, etc. Helps coordinate annual All Church Ministry Fair and other growth and development activities.

•Small group management team
Oversee the formation and structure of small groups at Westminster, and help develop new ideas for fellowship and spiritual growth. 

AMINISTRATION  AND BUILDING

These vital, behind-the-scenes ministries are essential to our continued service and presence in the community. The many details that we take for granted are attended to by our “Ministers Within Westminster.” These include the ‘nuts & bolts’ of caring for the space which is home to our worship, programs, and events, and other hospitality and administrative tasks. While we value our talented, devoted staff, they alone could not carry out our mission; it takes all of us working together. 

ways to get involved
for more information contact the staff

•Hospitality
Provide assistance with set up and clean up of the Dining Room for various Westminster events.

•Landscaping & plant care
Green and growing plants are an ever-present reminder of the renewing power of Christ’s love! Help us keep them happy and healthy by seasonal planting, weeding, watering, fertilizing and grooming.

•Offering counters
Count the Sunday morning offerings and prepare for deposit. Collect and organize the friendship pad for tracking of attendance.

•Welcome desk greeters
Greet our neighbors and guests, direct foot traffic, answer phones. Open Door Ministry is open Monday- Thursday from 9:00-4:00p. We will train you! 

MUSIC PROGRAM

Westminster is a congregation united in praising God through music and song. The music ministry provides children, youth, and adults of all ages the opportunity to serve through song, enjoy fellowship through music, and witness to the congregation and to the wider community of believers.

Choirs for all ages perform regularly, instrumental musicians highlight special seasons, and our annual youth musical delights everyone. Find your place up front or behind the scenes and join us as we “make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” 

Ways to get involved
For more information contact the elder or staff

•Adult choir, sanctuary choir
Open to all adults, members and non-members! College-age adults are welcome with this group. No vocal auditions are required.

•Music committee
Our Minister of Music provides leadership to this group. Works with elder and staff to envision and implement our ministry through music.

•Youth choirs
Directed by Helen Hofmeister

- Kirk singers: This choir is open to 9th-12th grade students, members and non-members, giving them the opportunity to sing the great literature of the church, develop sound vocal techniques, and serve the church. The Kirk Singers sing approximately once a month for morning worship services and in various venues across the United States during the annual summer youth trip.

- Chapel singers: This group is open to 6th through 8th graders, members and non-members. Participants learn elementary vocal techniques and sing a varied repertoire of church music, from folk to the classics. This group also rings hand bells on some occasions. The Chapel Singers participate regularly in the worship services and perform a staged musical in the spring.

•Children’s choirs
Cantus Choir: For children 4 & 5 years old; members learn religious, folk, and game songs. They take part in regular worship services, and at Christmas, Easter, and other special services. Directed by Cara Hyink.

Cherub Choir: For children in 1st & 2nd grades; participates in regular worship services once a month. Folk and game songs are part of this choir’s repertoire. Directed by Luanne K. Barnes

Carol Choir: For children in 3rd - 5th grades; the group participates in regular worship services once a month and performs a staged musical in the spring. Directed by Luanne K. Barnes 

•Westminster Winds
A multi-generational group of instrumentalists, 6th grade through adults! All are welcome and no auditions are required. This group takes part in regular worship services and special services throughout the year. The Westminster Winds meet as scheduled and are conducted by Lee Copenhaver.

•Volunteer instrumental musicians of all types
Ensembles of wind, brass and strings instruments enhance our worship services at Easter, Christmas, and other times during the year. Proficiency is recommended, as well as a desire to contribute to worship.

•Music department assistant
Proof reading skill (in music) task-oriented, organizational skills, flexibility, knowledge of choral and instrumental music. Works closely with Music Department staff.

•Music performance host/hostess Reception, Usher, Pass out Programs

•Children’s choir assistant
Help track attendance, robe assignments, and cross assignments. Also help with other details and make occasional phone calls. 

WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN ADULTS

The WPA plans monthly meetings and social and spiritual activities throughout the year for adults aged 55 and older. Entertaining and devotional programs are presented. Large print books are available from the committee, as well as information for senior citizens on opportunities for serving others. Anyone is encouraged to join this group! 

Ways to get involved
For more information contact the elder or staff

•Westminster Presbyterian Adults (WPA) bulletin & chimes coordinator Seniors who are retired as well as those who are able to attend day-time events participate in
many Westminster programs, so it is important to help them keep up to date. Worship bulletin announcements, and monthly notices in the Chimes newsletter help to spread the word.

•WPA Steering Committee
The Older Adults Committee plans monthly meetings and social and spiritual activities throughout the year for adults aged 55 and older. Entertaining and devotional programs are presented. Large print books are available from the committee, as well as information for senior citizens on opportunities for serving others. 

WORLDWIDE MINISTRIES

While monetary gifts are valuable and necessary, our goal for both community and worldwide ministry is to reach beyond participation toward partnership between our congregation and others. As we examine and re-envision our goal for both community and worldwide mission giving, we want to expand our understanding of what participation might mean for both our congregation and those with whom we are in mission. In the world, we want to be involved through partnerships, whether it's a day in Benton Harbor or a week in Cuba. We're capable of having a worldwide impact. 

Ways to get involved
for more information contact the elder or staff

•Worldwide Ministries Committee
Members of this committee plan and implement WPC mission involvement in our World.

•Mission trips
Worldwide Ministries supports mission trips to communities in Michigan and more distant sites such as Texas, New Orleans, and Cuba. With our hands and hearts, we seek to support and develop relationships with Christian communities in need.

•Justice & Peace Committee
Our mission is to educate ourselves and others on peace, justice and poverty, and to call people to
act upon those issues in order to uphold the Biblical visions and values of peace. Join us! The only qualification is your belief that we, as Christians, are responsible for bringing about justice and peace on Earth.

•Refugee resettlement
Assist refugees with driving, tutoring, setting up apartment, job searching, finances, and other cultural changes.

•Mission Action Table
The Worldwide Ministries team shares the Mission Action Table on Sundays alternating months with Community Ministries. The table features our current projects and mission opportunities.