Welcome! We are delighted you’ve stopped by! Visiting a new church can be overwhelming, but knowing what to expect can help make things easier. We hope this page has everything you need to know to plan your first visit and to get a sense of who we are as a community of faith. We look forward to welcoming you, whether for worship, a concert, an educational event, or a mid-week visit.

What is a typical worship service like?

New faces are always welcome in worship, and we’d love to meet you!

As you enter the worship space, an usher will offer you a worship bulletin. This bulletin lists the Order of Worship and includes the liturgy for the service.

Our worship services, which average 40 to 50 minutes long, include a reading from scripture, a heartfelt and engaging sermon by one of our pastors; hymns led by choir and organ or a song-leader and piano; and prayers. In the sanctuary, Purple Glory to God hymnals can be found on the shelf beneath the pew in front of you (or, if you are in the front row, at the end of the pew on the seat). In Rodney Chapel, song lyrics are projected on a screen. You are invited to participate fully by lifting your voice in song during congregational hymns and by joining us for corporate prayers and communal responses (printed in bold in the bulletin).

We celebrate The Lord’s Supper (Communion) on the first Sunday of each month. You will find pre-packaged communion elements on a table by the entrance to the worship space; please take one for yourself and for anyone else worshiping with you. In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we practice an “open table,” which means that all who trust in Christ are welcome at the feast, regardless of age or understanding.

See Worship for more information about the different worship services and the sacraments we celebrate.

When and where are your worship services?

Attending in Person

September – May (Regular Schedule)

Sanctuary Worship  |  Sundays, 9 a.m. | Sanctuary
Living Mosaics Worship | Sundays, 11:15 a.m. | Church Lawn or Rodney Chapel*

Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend (Summer Schedule)

Sanctuary Worship | Sundays, 10 a.m. | Sanctuary

Westminster Presbyterian Church is located in the Trolley Square neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware, at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and N. Rodney Street. If you will be participating in person, check out this map to see where we are!

Attending Online

Participate from anywhere – your living room, your car, your friend’s house. No matter where you are, you can be a part of Westminster! Our sanctuary worship service is live every Sunday morning and on demand any time. Go to our Watch page as early as 10 minutes before the start of the live service or check out our archive.

 

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*See Worship for descriptions of the worship services. Please note that service times are subject to change due to holidays, special events, guest speakers, or congregational meetings. Please check times on our Events page before arriving.

How early should I arrive?

Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the service to park, make your way into the building, ask questions of any of our greeters or ushers, and find a place to sit.

Where should I park?

The Westminster parking lot is located at the corner of 13th Street and N. Rodney Street. You may enter the parking lot from either of these streets (please be aware that 13th Street is a one-way street); however, please exit the parking lot onto N. Rodney Street only. Street parking is permitted where noted; please adhere to all street signage, including street cleaning notices, and avoid tow-away zones.

Where should I enter the building?

You may enter the building through the parking lot entrance off 13th Street (look for the blue awning marked “1502”) or through the Pavilion entrance off Pennsylvania Avenue (hint: the Pavilion is octagon-shaped with a lot of glass windows). Our friendly greeters will welcome you.

If you need an accessible entrance, we suggest the entrance off 13th Street where there is a ramp, a door access switch (push button), and an elevator. You may either pull up to that entrance (please be aware that 13th Street is a one-way street) and drop off before parking in the lot; or you may park in the lot, access the ramp at the corner of the lot at 13th and N. Rodney Streets and come down the sidewalk.

What should I wear?

You’ll find that many at the sanctuary worship service wear traditional “church attire” — dresses or slacks, a button-down shirt, or coat and tie. This also applies to special events in the sanctuary, such as concerts.

At the Living Mosaics service in Rodney Chapel and at more low-key events such as small group gatherings and mission activities, it’s not unusual to see people in jeans and tee shirts. That said, we hope you’ll come just as you are to worship the God who welcomes us just as we are.

What about the kids?

If you plan on bringing your children with you, we think that’s awesome! Westminster is a place where kids will be safe, have fun, and grow in faith.

Children of all ages are always welcome to worship with their families. If you attend in person and wish to keep them in service with you, our children’s worship bags will keep your youngest ones engaged. Look for the worship bags at the sanctuary and chapel entrances or ask one of our ushers for assistance.

If you attend in person and are ready for your kids to join our children’s programs, our friendly teachers and leaders are ready to welcome them and answer any questions you may have. You’ll want to give yourself a few extra minutes to get your kids settled in, especially if you’re headed into a service. This also gives us the opportunity to meet you personally, orient you and your child(ren) to our spaces, and assist your family in any way possible. See our Children + Youth page for descriptions of all our current programs for children and youth.

If you attend online, look for the children’s bulletin at the end of the regular worship bulletin, which can be downloaded from the Watch page to print at home.

Do I need to let you know I’m new?

We would love for you to introduce yourself to our staff or our welcome team, but you do not have an obligation to do so. We are excited to greet you, but we won’t put you on the spot. We will not ask you to stand up. We know that many people want to check out the church and “be anonymous” for a while. We understand. Come in, enjoy, and see if this is the community for you.

If you are joining us online, we would be honored if you’d introduce yourself to us virtually.

Are you taking COVID-19 precautions?

Yes! Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our members and guests has been our top priority. A dedicated group of church staff and leaders having continuously studied and followed guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and mandates from state and local governments to ensure that we are providing the safest environment possible. This has included a mask and social distancing policy and upgrades to our sanitizing procedures, air filtration systems, and audio and video equipment to provide a quality live-streaming option. We encourage you to make the best decision for your family, whether joining us in person or online. Please see our COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information.

Will I be welcome here?

Of course! Some find Westminster’s stone façade intimidating, but we promise there are friendly faces ready to welcome you inside. We are an inclusive congregation, committed to welcoming people of all ages, races, genders, sexual identities, and walks of life.

See Who We Are for more information.

What if I’m not sure about church or religion?

We say come and enjoy the architecture, the sound of the music, an interesting class, a welcoming community, and the opportunity to serve. We all have to start somewhere.

See What We Believe to get a sense of what many (though not all) in our congregation believe.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways you can get involved at Westminster! Do you have a good singing voice? Do you enjoy working with children? Would you like to connect with other adults? Did you recently lose a loved one and need support? Would you like to give your time to help others in your local community or in other parts of the world? Do you have a passion for Earth Care or working towards justice and peace?

We encourage you to browse the pages on this website and make a note of what interests you. Then Contact Us and we’ll get you connected with the right people.

How can I stay in touch?

Subscribe to our weekly email, the Westminster Weekly Word, and/or our periodic newsletter, the Westminster Chimes, to stay up-to-date on all our latest announcements and news, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

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What if I have questions?

We would love to help answer them.

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