Welcome to Westminster

We’re so glad you’re here! We think Westminster is a terrific congregation: open, thoughtful, energetic. Despite having about a thousand members, we are a close-knit community, committed to getting to know our members and visitors. We hope that as a church, we can nurture everyone who comes to us in a way that fits who God has made them—and Christ has redeemed them—to be. Above all, in all that we do, we seek to “worship well.”

If you are exploring faith for the first time, seeking to reconnect with your faith, or searching for a church home and would like to learn more about Westminster, feel free to reach out to us by phone or email—we would love to have a conversation with you! If you visit in worship, introduce yourself at the door so we can have a name to go with your face. Hope to see you soon!

Larry Hayward, Pastor
Patrick Hunnicutt, Associate Pastor for Mission & Pastoral Care
Casey FitzGerald, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation
Whitney Fauntleroy, Associate Pastor for Youth & Young Adults

Who We Are

At Westminster, we actively seek to joyfully commit ourselves to build and nurture a worship-centered church to the glory of God. We welcome all who seek to discover the significance and meaning of Jesus Christ in their lives. Learn more about who we are, our history, and our leadership. Join us for an Inquirer’s Class to learn more about Presbyterianism and our church.

Sunday Mornings

Worship Services

Westminster has two worship services on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Both services follow a four-fold pattern that guides us in worship together: the Gathering, where we come together as a people in preparation for worship; the Word, where we listen for God to speak to us through scripture, song, and preaching; the Response to the Word, where we affirm our faith and pray together; and the Sending, where we receive God’s blessing and are encouraged to continue our worship as we leave.

The 8:30 a.m. service is held in the chapel, our smaller worship space. After the service, all are invited to gather for coffee and conversation next door in the Johnson Parlor.

The 11:00 a.m. service is held in the sanctuary, our larger worship space. This service is led musically each week by the Westminster Choir, as well as occasional handbell ringing groups, children’s choirs, or soloists. The 11:00 a.m. service also includes a weekly children’s sermon, after which kindergartners and first graders are invited to a special time for Children & Worship for the rest of the service. After the service, all are invited to gather for coffee and conversation downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Each service includes congregational singing of hymns accompanied by the organ. Once a month, we celebrate the sacrament of communion (the Lord’s Supper). All are welcome to receive communion, and gluten-free wafers are available. During the summer (from Memorial Day to Labor Day), Westminster has one worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Childcare

Childcare for infants and pre-kindergarten children is available during both services and during education hour in the education wing classrooms. The education wing is located on the main floor (second floor), in the hallway to the right as you enter the church through the double glass doors in the parking lot. Our nursery and childcare rooms are each staffed by a permanent childcare worker and rotating parent volunteers, all of whom operate under our Child Protection Policy.

Education Hour

Between services, from 9:45–10:45 a.m., we invite persons of all ages to learn and grow in their faith. Read more about opportunities for adults, youth, and children.

Directions

We are located at the corner of Cameron Mills Road and Monticello Boulevard in the North Ridge area of Alexandria, Virginia. Westminster is a short drive south from the Quaker Lane exit on I-395 and north from Old Town Alexandria. The parking lot is behind the sanctuary with entrances on Monticello Boulevard. Be sure to look for our “first time visitor” parking spaces on the first row! Both the chapel and sanctuary can be reached through the glass double doors at the education wing entrance off the parking lot, or by their doors on Cameron Mills Road.

Public Transportation

The closest bus stop is at the intersection of Cameron Mills Road and Summit Avenue, which is serviced by Alexandria’s DASH Bus, Route AT3 (Weekday Morning/Evening) and Route AT3-4 Loop (Weekday Mid-Day and Weekends). On the DASH Route Schedules, look for the icon for George Mason Elementary School (which is next door to the church).

Accessibility

Westminster is an accessible facility, with an elevator located just inside the education wing entrance off of the parking lot, to the right of the glass double doors. The elevator reaches all four floors of the building; the sanctuary and the chapel are on the second floor (which is the main floor). Accessible parking is located in the first row of the parking lot, with extra spaces designated for Sunday use.

Large print worship bulletins are available from an usher at both the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services, as are hearing aid assistance devices during the 11:00 a.m. service.

 

We think Westminster is a terrific congregation: open, thoughtful, energetic. We hope to see you soon!