Welcome

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE OFFER AT WESTMINSTER

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains,Westminster Presbyterian Church is home to a growing community of followers of Jesus Christ, committed to proclaiming our faith in loving and generous ways, and serving the world as an act of hope.

We believe that we can make a difference in the world and the community through our faith, service, and dedication to sharing God’s love and hope for each of us.

Our sanctuary may be traditional (and beautiful!), but our congregation is dynamic and diverse with members at varying stages of their life and faith journeys. We invite people to be themselves.  Westminster’s tower and Gothic cathedral provide a beautiful setting and bear vibrant witness to the fact that we experience transformed lives.

At Westminster we welcome everyone to worship at 10:00 each Sunday! Our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey.

What to Expect

Services begin in the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. Nursery care is available Sunday mornings during the service. Sunday school is taught for ages 4-12. Coffee hour and fellowship happen every Sunday after the service and are a great time to meet and make connections. We hope you’ll get to know our church better and feel the excitement here. We invite you to come back often and get involved in the spiritual growth, education, music, fellowship, service and mission opportunities.

Youth & Children's Ministries

Nursery care with childcare professionals is provided during each worship service.  Sunday School is held throughout the year because the children enjoy it so much! It taught by a student from APU with support by members of the congregation using the Deep Blue curriculum. During the summer the curriculum changes to a more active experience.  Confirmation classes are offered during Lent as needed for Jr. and Sr. High age members.   Every three years Presbyterian high school students from around the country gather for Triennium in Indiana. The next Triennium gathering is in 2019.

The Prayer & Worship Center

As members of Westminster and people of the Christian faith, we all share the desire to further our relationship with God.  Westminster emphasizes the importance of prayer in developing that relationship.  The Prayer and Worship Center offers people a unique space dedicated to prayer and quiet worship and reflection, where you will have the opportunity to know God more deeply.  The intimate setting of the Prayer and Worship Center within the walls of our sanctuary reminds us that we need both congregational and individual time with God – to experience a satisfying relationship with God.

Music & Worship

At Westminster, we are “People of the Word.” The reading of Scripture and the preaching of the sermon are key elements of Reformed worship.  Dr. Imre Szilas, a renowned organist, heads our music program which includes the Cathedral Choir and the Children’s Choir.  During the year Imre offers many concerts, including two half-hour halloween concerts on October 31st.  In addition, Westminster hosts the Modern Brass at Christmas. For more information about our organ and various music programs please visit here.

We worship every Sunday at 10:00 am.  Additional services that we celebrate are:

  • Homecoming in September
  • All Saints – the first Sunday in November
  • Advent – the four Sundays before Christmas
  • Christmas Eve services
    • 4:00 pm – A fun family service with pageant
    • 8:00 pm – A candlight service you’ll never forget
  • Ash Wednesday – with St. Elizabeth’s (in our sanctuary)
  • Holy Week:  Palm Sunday, Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter

Westminster Presbyterian Church is endowed with a wonderful sanctuary with three balconies which allows for music to be performed in a variety of styles. The Cathedral choir rehearses from7:30-9 pm on Wednesday nights September through June. Every Christmas Season we are blessed to host a brass concert that is free to the public. The traditional Christmas Eve service includes candle-lighting and the singing of carols and the Easter celebration is enhanced musically with additional instrumentalists.

The Organ at Westminster

  • The Original 1928 Reuter Organ was rebuilt by Abbot and Seeker in 1987 and revoiced by Robert David & Associates in 1994.
  • The original Reuter console was replaced in 1954 with a Moller console.
  • The Echo Organ was rebuilt by Robert David & Associates in 2004.
  • From 2007 on Manuel Rosales has been taking care of the organ.  In May of 2011 he added a 4′ Flute Harmonique to the Echo Organ.

The Westminster Organists

  • 1928 – 1938 Raymond McFeeters
  • 1938 – 1956 Charles E. Anderson
  • 1956 – 1957 Bryce LaMotte
  • 1957 – 1980 Clarence E. Robinson
  • 1980 – 1983 Mario Zenti
  • 1983 – 1984 Phillip Steinhaus
  • 1984 – present Imre V. Szilas

Click here for an example of Dr. Szilas’s playing on youtube.

Click here for other music at Westminster.

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