WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Aurora, Illinois
WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHAurora, Illinois

No Matter What Our Faith Backgrounds Are, We Can All Agree That The World Is Not As It Should Be.

At Westminster, we seek to embody the love of God as agents of change for the common good. We want to expand our redemptive imaginations By moving toward the needs of other people, we are reorienting our longings for the world to be set right.

 

If you've discovered a solution to a problem that affects millions of other people, wouldn't you want to tell the world about it?  We believe that Jesus is the best news for a world that needs hope, so we are committed to telling others about him.

As you grow in your faith, we will provide both training and encouragement that will help you to talk about your faith with others, without being uncomfortable or threatening.  You will discover, with many of your Westminster friends, that there is no greater joy than when you tell someone about Jesus and they decide to follow him, too.

2018 Thanksgiving Basket Mission

Westminster continued our Annual Thanksgiving Basket "Blessing Box" tradition in 2018.  Every year, we give back a little of what God has given to us to put together a meal for families in need. 

 

We were very happy to welcome some of the staff from McCleery and Nicholson Elementary Schools to help us serve their students this year.  In the span of 24 hours, we delivered a total of 86 boxes.  What an incredible blessing to work with such dedicated teachers.

The Giving Tree

Our beautiful “Giving Tree” can be found just down the hall from the narthex every Christmas. We would like to encourage all those who are able to help brighten Christmas for others. We welcome all that can participate in this incredible ministry.


Placed on the tree are a number of paper ornaments on which will be written a specific item that has been requested. 

 

If you would like to help, we ask that:
You choose an item that you would like to donate and remove the  attached ornaments from the tree. The  paper ornament you will take with you to place on the outside of your unwrapped gift. This will enable us to know the contents of the gifts when they are returned to the Church and will help us in getting the gift to the correct family or group.

 

Every year, we make much needed donations of gifts to local groups such as Wayside Cross, Hesed House, Heifer Int'l, and the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry; as well as families and friends that are in need.

 

This ministry is led by Rhea Britton.  Seek her out if you want to help.

 

Ice Cream Social 2018

The Witness team was happy to bring back a traditional ice cream social in 2018.  We invited our community, our friends, family, and fellow disciples.  Keep an eye out for the Annual Ice Cream Social in July 2019.

Stamp Ministry

Please join us as we collect canceled stamps for the Alliance Stamp Ministry in Fort Myers, Florida.  The income from the sale of these stamps goes to support preparation, publication and distribution of a Spanish language curriculum for Sunday Schools.  

If you would like to donate, please follow these guidelines:

-Stamps should be cut off envelopes leaving a 1/4 inch edge around the stamps.
-Flag and Bell stamps should not be saved.
-Postcards are welcome. Please save the whole card. Do not just send the stamp. Cutting the stamp off postcards makes them lose their value.
-Old Stamps in albums, foreign and commemorative stamps are especially welcome.

 

Contact Evangelism Deacon John Halsey with any questions.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Westminster has a dedicated group of talented knitters who share their gift with all those who need the love and warmth of a prayer shawl created with love and delivered with powerful prayer already began.  

 

Do you have a love of knitting to share with this ministry?

 

Please contact us.  

Our Local & Global Mission Partners

We partner with a small number of high-impact organizations to meet practical, financial, and spiritual needs in Aurora and surrounding communities, in the greater Midwest, and around the world. 

Hesed House, Aurora, IL

Hesed House's mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again.

Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness - one person, one family at a time. It is the culmination of nearly three decades of strategic evolution from a formerly acceptable model of "eats and sheets" to a Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center - a campus of centralized highly skilled professionals collaborating to provide the tools necessary to help individuals and families break free of the shackles binding them to homelessness.

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry is committed to providing nutritious food relief to the community in a humanitarian and compassionate manner. When surveyed, 99% of clients reported that they were satisfied with the food they received and 93% reported that the food helped their families improve their overall health. Read on to learn about how Aurora Food Pantry is ending hunger in our community or scroll to the bottom of this page to see a video of the pantry in action.

Intervarsity-  Anne Miller, Campuses of Aurora University and Waubonsee Community College

The students at Aurora University and Waubonsee Community College are searching for meaning and purpose; & we want to show them their true purpose, serving our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.   Our vision is to bring the students at AU and WCC together with Christ as the foundation; to give them a vision of something bigger than themselves, & to help them find their place in God’s kingdom. Through your partnership, we can invest in this generation at AU and WCC to be ready to impact the world for God’s Kingdom purposes. 

Wayside Cross Ministries, Aurora, IL

For over 90 years, Wayside Cross Ministries has provided restoration and recovery for the impoverished, addicted, and abused. Men, women, and children are discovering new life and new hope.  Aurora used to be the end of the line for people leaving Chicago. Today,Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora is a place of transformation and fresh starts.

Mission Aviation Fellowship- Brad Rhoads and Family

Brad and Susan Rhoads are serving in San José, Costa Rica, where Brad will is a Technology Consultant and Trainer for Mission Aviation Fellowship's (MAF) Edutech team. The Edutech team is focused on building up the body of Christ by serving national pastors and other ministries throughout Latin America with education and technology. Brad will be using his technical skills to train and equip Christian leaders. Susan provides administrative support to Brad and currently home schools their children, Sarah, Rebekah, and Elizabeth.

 

Memphis House of Prayer- Don & Sharon Lee, Memphis, TN

Don and Sharon continue in their Memphis inner city ministry of pulling young men ages 13-17 out of the school to prison pipeline.  They also are involved in mentoring these young men once they finish the program to ensure ongoing
success. 

Medical Benevolence Foundation-Serving Africa and Haiti

For over 50 years, MBF has been an independent non-profit organization working in partnership with individuals and churches throughout the U.S. to equip Presbyterian partners in developing countries to proclaim the gospel through medical ministry.

Serge-Jason & Heather Fadar

Serving in Burundi, in Central Africa, as the clinical teaching faculty for medical students who attend the medical school at Hope Africa University. Jason, the assistant medical director for Kibuye Hope Hospital, is one of about 10 general surgeons in the country of Burundi. This calling is an opportunity of tremendous potential to train and disciple African medical students who will be leaders of this underserved, impoverished, post-war nation.

Wayside Cross Urban Youth - Aurora Neighborhood Baseball League--2019

In 2019, we will begin sponsoring a summer baseball team as a new opportunity to reach families in our neighborhoods.  Our expectation is that, the whole congregation, will embrace this as an opportunity to show support to the many kids who take the field this summer.  We will encourage attendance as a way to fellowship not only with the baseball players and their families, but amongst ourselves.  Sharing our joy and laughter, and especially, our love of Jesus Christ with our Aurora community. 

 

Keep an eye out for details.

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Westminster Presbyterian Church
10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, Illinois 60506
(630) 896-5502