Advent and Christmas


 Whether you are a long term member, frequent visitor or guest you are welcome here at Westminster.

Join us as we eagerly await the coming of the Christ child during this season of Advent. When you join with us at Westminster in preparing our hearts and minds for Christmas, you will hear the story of God’s coming into the world as Emmanuel, God With Us. You’ll be challenged by sermons that proclaim God’s life-changing Gospel. You’ll experience festive music, singing together as a congregation and listening to our talented choir and other musicians.  You’ll have the opportunity to engage in prayer for our world and for your loved ones at our Advent Prayer Center. You’ll have the opportunity to share God’s love and compassion through our Alternative Gift Mart and our Adopt a Family project. There are many ways to engage at Westminster during this season and we hope you will come by and join us.


Make your Christmas even more meaningful by sharing Advent with your friends and neighbors at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

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Candlelight Concert December 7

Christmas Cantata

Adopt a Family  


Christmas Eve

Three Christmas Eve Worship Services Offered
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. 

Regular morning worship at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for an inspirational Christmas Eve worship experience at Westminster!  
Our Sanctuary will be adorned for the season. There will be a special reception after each service with homemade cookies and apple cider.  Childcare is available for all services in our Nursery

5:00 p.m - Family Service with Candlelight
7:00 p.m. - Candlelight and Communion Service 
9:00 p.m. - Candlelight Service with Choir



Christmas Day at Westminster

Join us on Sunday, December 24 for our 10:00 worship service.  Pastor Scott will preach the sermon  “Mary’s Hard Road.”




Candlelight Concert

Presented by Central College Thursday, December 7,
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Join us for a special offering this year. Central College’s A Capella Choir is performing a Christmas Candlelight Concert in our Sanctuary Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Tickets are $10 for adults; students and seniors $8, but are offered at no charge to Westminster members. They are available in the church office now. Learn more at  if you have any questions.




Christmas Cantata: “He Come at Christmastide”

The Westminster Chorale will present the cantata, “He Comes at Christmastide,” music by Robert H. Young and Stephen M. Heyde, in worship on Sunday morning, December 17. The Chorale will be accompanied by a string quintet.

“He Comes at Christmastide” includes settings of six lovely early-English carols, which date from the 9th century ("O Come, O Come Emmanuel") to the 19th century (Christina Rosetti's tender, "Love Came Down at Christmas." Another lesser-known 15th century carol, "This Enders Night," will highlight our section leaders as soloists - Paxton Gillespie, Claudia Sloat, Grant Hobin, and Katelyn Hobin.

In a noisy and often chaotic world, music can be an oasis of beauty, joy, and peace. You are invited to join us as we worship through the words, melodies, and harmonies of this Christmas cantata.





The Adopt-a-Family bulletin board will be on display in The Commons starting in December.  Stop by and sign up to purchase gifts for families in need in the Des Moines area. Sign your name on the left side of the tag and tear off the right side as your reminder. Be sure to request a gift receipt when you make your purchase. Please wrap the gift, with the gift receipt tucked inside, and attach the gift tag to the package. If you have any questions please email  



 Whether you are a long term member, frequent visitor or guest you are welcome here at Westminster.