Reverent  |  Joyful  |  Worship

Welcome to Westminster Presbyterian Church

Our mission and vision is to:

Glorify God

  • worshiping God with joyful reverence that embodies Biblical principles

by gathering and perfecting the saints

  • seeking to grow in holiness and reach the lost through the Gospel

through the ordinary means of grace

  • focusing on the authoritative Word of God in our preaching and teaching;
  • emphasizing prayer throughout the church community and in our ministries; and
  • faithfully administering the sacraments of Covenant Baptism and the Lord's Supper

in the context of relational fellowship

  • connecting and caring for one another through discipleship and intentional fellowship

unto faith, repentance, and new obedience

  • realizing our fallen condition and the unmerited redemption we have in Christ through faith,
  • we therefore endeavor to daily repent of our sins and pursue new heart obedience in Christ as we await our future rest in eternity with our Savior

A Prayer of Confession and Intercession

In these challenging times, the Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church would like to commend this prayer of confession and intercession, prayed by Senior Minister Aaron Messner on June 7, 2020. This prayer represents the confession and intercession of the entire Westminster Session and we would ask others to consider praying it with us in the coming days.

We are located at 1438 Sheridan Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324.

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At Westminster our desire is to call people into reverent, joyful worship of our triune God through the ordinary means of grace (Reading and Preaching of God's Word, Prayer, Sacraments of Baptism & the Lord's Supper). It is through these ordinary means of grace that the lost are called into salvation through repentance and faith in Christ and the people of God are equipped for lives of holy service. We would love to have you join us as our guest at any of the ministry programs and activities described here, especially for worship on a Sunday morning. Whatever the occasion, it is our hope that you will find Westminster to be an authentic community of followers of Jesus seeking to love and serve God, one another, our city, and our world. Come learn and grow with us as we find our hope in the Gospel, the good news of Jesus.

I look forward to meeting you,
Aaron Messner, Sr. Minister

What can I expect Sunday morning?

Westminster seeks to praise God with reverent and joyful worship. Our Sunday morning services are traditional in nature. We worship by praising our creator God, confessing our sins before Him, confessing our faith, reading the Bible, singing hymns and psalms, and hearing preaching based on the God's holy and inerrant word. Our music is mostly classical, featuring piano, organ, and choir, with occasional use of handbells or other orchestral instruments.

There is no dress code for worship. Come as you are and you will be welcome! You will find many of us dressed in suits and ties and others in more casual attire.

Children are a part of God's covenant community, and are invited to be part of the worship service with their parents. We have a nursery for children birth through three years old. Children of all ages are welcome to remain in the sanctuary for the entire service or, if you prefer, children ages 4-6 can be dismissed to Children's Church prior to the sermon.

Our two morning worship services run from 8:45am to 9:45am and from 11:00am to 12:15pm, with Sunday School from 10:00am to 10:50am. Evening worship begins at 6:00pm, lasts approximately one hour, and is preceeded by an evening meal at 5:00pm to which all are welcome to attend.

We serve communion on the first Sunday morning of each month. We welcome all followers of Jesus Christ who are trusting in Jesus alone for salvation, who are baptized members of a congregation that proclaims the gospel of Jesus, who are at peace with God and their neighbor, and who seek strength to live in deeper communion with Jesus, to partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper with us.

The Presbyterian Church in America

The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is one of the faster growing denominations in the United States, with over 1,450 churches and missions throughout the USA and Canada. There were over 306,000 communicant and non-communicant members as of December 2000.

“Reformed” defines the doctrinal beliefs of the PCA, which holds that the purest expressions of scriptural doctrine are found in the Calvinistic creeds, particularly the Westminster Confession of Faith.

"Presbyterian" defines our form of church government, which is representative. Local churches are governed by elders (presbyters) elected by the church members. This form of government extends through the regional presbyteries, which facilitate connectionalism, to the national General Assembly, which expresses PCA’s connectionalism and the bond of union between/among all the churches.

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Book of Church Order

The Book of Church Order (BCO) comprises the Form of Government, the Rules of Discipline and the Directory for Worship; all as adopted by the Church.

This download includes:

  • Book of Church Order – Sixth Edition (2012 Reprint)

  • Rules of Assembly Operations (RAO)

  • Standing Judicial Commission Manual (SJCM)

  • Certificate of Incorporation of the Presbyterian Church in America (A Corporation)

  • Corporate Bylaws of the Presbyterian Church in America (A Corporation)

  • All amendments approved up to and including the 40th General Assembly, June 19-21, 2012, Louisville, KY.

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The Westminster Standards

When the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America was formed in 1788, it adopted (with minor revisions) the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms (1647), as its secondary standards (the Bible itself being the only infallible rule of faith and practice). Officers in the Presbyterian Church in America take a vow to “sincerely receive and adopt” these confessional documents “as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures.”

The following PDF documents contain the Confession and Catechisms with full Scripture proofs:

Title page, table of contents, and preface

Westminster Confession of Faith with Scripture proofs

Larger Catechism with Scripture Proofs, part 1 (questions 1-115)

Larger Catechism with Scripture Proofs, part 2 (questions 116-196)

Shorter Catechism with Scripture Proofs

Scripture Index