Westminster By-The-Sea is a congregation that has grown steadily from 287 to over 750 members in the last 35 years.  A New England style, steepled building houses a congregation known for its welcoming, friendly spirit-filled atmosphere with traditional services of worship. There are Sunday School opportunities for all grades and adults and an excellent nursery program for our preschoolers.  We offer Christian Education in various ways throughout the week. Our doors have been opened to 12-Step and other community organizations.  We have Men’s and Women’s and Youth groups. Our Music Program includes a chancel choir and handbell choir.  We host a Fine Arts Series which includes concerts on our pipe organ and grand piano and often includes vocalists.  Congregational life is most active in remembering shut-ins, visitation, food for memorial services and other gatherings.  Because the whole person is important to God, we hold "Body, Mind, and Soul" seminars on health topics and we actively support a Presbyterian Counseling Center.  Finally, we support local feeding programs plus missionaries internationally.



Dear Friend: 

Thank you for exploring Westminster By-The-Sea through its Website.  Westminster is a church chartered in 1955 by the St. John’s Presbytery and has provided Christian witness to the South Peninsula and beyond since that time.  It is an honor to have you inquire about the church.  Two ordained ministers join with a dedicated staff and willing volunteers to provide for the Administration, Christian Education, Congregational Life, Operations, Outreach, and Worship divisions of church life.

In short, here is what we believe:

- That the worship of God Almighty, Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, is the hub of the wheel of the church.  All that we do is inspired by what we offer God in worship and what God commissions us to do in the name of Jesus.

– That Jesus is Lord and Savior of the world; and that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

--That the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) means God is not far away but is in the world among us.

– That the church carries out two sacred acts that Jesus commanded his followers to do until he comes again: the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  In short, as our Vision statement says: we strive to be “a caring community, inspired by God, extending the hand of Christian fellowship to all, making disciples, and shining the light of Christ in our community and world; a church for all ages, honoring both old traditions, and personal walks with God.”  Come to Westminster when you are in the area.  The white colonial “church that looks like a church” will attract you to visit.  We hope and believe that the people will make you wnt to return.


Jeffrey A. Sumner, Minister