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Welcome to Westminster By The Sea

3221 S. Peninsula Drive * Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 * Phone (386) 767-8342 * Fax (386) 767-8341 * * Facebook *

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Worship Services
During the months of September through May, Sunday services are held at 8:45 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. During summer months, one service is held every Sunday at 10:00. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is received the first Sunday of each month.


Prayer of Intercession

Dear God of wonder and might:  in a time when unrest and terror surround us, our world seems to be running off of its rails. Nations need your Word and your guidance, rather than killing others in a warped sense of religious righteousness. We stand in solidarity with brothers and sisters around the world as we join arms with them instead of blindly or brutally shooting arms. In the midst of that news, elected leaders in Washington are failing to do what we elected them to do. Has their comfortable position made them deaf to our cries to make progress? Make them uncomfortable, O Lord, so they will move on motions that are stopping work, freezing pay schedules, and hurting Americans. Our nation needs to hear your words again of justice and righteousness.

In the meantime, our church family has had four beloved members die in the last 9 days. We will miss these special people, but it causes us to consider our faith and whether our own spiritual house is in order.  Those who have Jesus as Lord have renewed peace in their lives today.

For those who are ill, hurt, or in grief, guide us to be the hearts, hands, and minds of Christ toward them.  For those who celebrate, we magnify their joy. And as we  prepare for Holy Communion, we are connected with those beside us, those who have gone before us, and with our Lord Jesus. We return thanks to Thee, O God, for all good gifts.  Amen.

                                                                         Jeffrey A. Sumner      March 1, 2015





Our ministers not only provide a sermon for the adults each week, they also create a "Children's Message" to make sure that all our guests, regardless of their age, are treated to the same message.  Click HERE to experience one of our Children's Messages ...


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Mission Statement

"Our Church exists to glorify and worship God, to serve our community, and to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. "


Welcome to Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church.
We are a church for all ages with over 750 members.




WBTS Changing Lives

We'd love to hear about why YOU chose WBTS and how it's changing your life or those around you!

Please click HERE to let Rev. Jeff know


Download your 2015 Pledge Sheet

Online Member Directory

 (password protected, Church Members may contact Mary Ann Sumner for the password.)



Westminster By-The-Sea has been the site of thousands of beautiful weddings. Weddings are performed by one of the church ministers, and the music played by the church organist/pianist. Weddings are offered for members or non-members.  

Update on Rev. Hills

Rev. Richard Hills is continuing with oral chemotherapy and is improving. He has attended two services and a minister's meeting and we continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers. 



Upcoming Events at WBTS


WBTS Institute Spring 2015 Registration Has Begun!

click here for class descriptions and signups for our spring 2015 semester!


WBTS Scholarship applications are now being accepted!

click here for a printable application that you can then hand in to Mary Ann Sumner.


Rose Grace, Professor of Piano at Bethune Cookman University,
and her collaborator Jason Hastings, Professor of Clarinet at
Bethune Cookman will be in concert at
Westminster By-The-Sea Presbyterian Church, 3221 S. Peninsula Dr.
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118, at 3:30 p.m on Sunday, March 22nd, as part
of the Westminster Concert Series. A free-will offering will be received.
For more information, contact the church at 386-767-8342 or

click here for more information


Peninsula Hall Groundbreaking 10/19/2014

(click on a picture to make it larger)




The Holy Land

Our 2014 Holy Land trip was a religious pilgrimage that 33 travelers undertook in July.  Click on any of the pictures below for a larger image of some of the amazing sites on their journey, and then simply click on the "back" button of your browser to return to the gallery.



Vacation Bible School Was GREAT !!!


Here's a look at the team that led the kids through the week of Weird Animals!


.... And Here's the entire Zoo Crew !!!!


(to see pictures throughout the week of our activities, be sure to check out our Facebook Page!




Tobias Caskey and the Friends of Francis received 15 bikes from a beachside condo to give to people in need who don't have transportation.





Travel With Us

On January 25th, Jeff and Mary Ann Sumner were among 21 members and friends of the church as we road in "A Touch of Class" chartered bus from the church parking lot to the Port of Miami! Once we arrived we boarded the Celebrity Reflection, still in her inaugural year! This beautiful ship was our home for 7 days of pampering and fellowship. The group enjoyed the company of one another, the delicious food, fantastic entertainment, and informative excursions. But most of all, each night we gathered to hear about what everybody did! Our 2014 Holy Land trip was a religious pilgrimage that 33 travelers undertook in July. 

Upcoming Trips (click for more details)



Please Fill Out Your Member Talent Sheet

Talent Sheets can be filled out and turned in at the church or ON-LINE ... Click HERE to fill out your talent sheet online today!


Disaster: Where Was God?

In light of recent disasters around the world, Rev. Sumner prepared a sermon to help us all recognize and know the God that we are called to worship! Click here to read and listen to Rev. Sumner's sermon from November 17th, 2013.





What's Going On This Week:




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.  Three 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.  We stand with Soren Kierkegaard in believing that in the great drama of worship, those in the congregation are actors, the pastors and choirs are the directors, and God is the audience.

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

– 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 long to return. 

Faithfully yours,  Jeffrey A. Sumner, Minister

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