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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.



 Dear Holy God: those whom history called saints believed in you and followed Jesus; we too are saints with a small “s:” Christians who seek to be ones who will one day hear the words: “with thee I am well pleased.” We do make mistakes, but we can make them opportunities for learning.  We take risks, but mostly as opportunities for growth or justice.  We also study your word: some a little, others a lot.  When it comes to what matters in the end, help us to do today what will give us peace tomorrow and in all of our tomorrows.  We trust you will be there when we call your name in our times of need and humility.

 As heavenly voices spoke to Abraham and Mary and Jesus, break into the world of our own business to call attention to your business. Then put to work those who have the ears to hear the instructions and the will to carry them out. If we would follow Jesus, we will serve thee by caring for other people, for your world, and for your creatures great and small. Help us to discern your call in whatever form it takes. Our risen Lord  Jesus brings us new hope, and calls us to a life of discipleship, sharing the good news that yes, he died, but he is also risen, and he will come again!

 Now, O Holy Comforter, we pray for you to heal, or give patience to, or to welcome home all those for whom we are praying according to your perfect plan.  Let them know that they are not alone, and we pledge to remind them of that with our contacts and prayers.  Take broken hearts and broken bodies and bind them. As we struggle with decisions or conflicts, give us your broad shoulders on which to lean and your wise counsel from which we can learn. By the power of your Holy Spirit, respond to our prayers; we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 Jeffrey A. Sumner                                                          April 16, 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 ...


Click HERE for Prayer Requests 


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. Hills is still on IV Chemotherapy at home. He has lost a good deal of weight but is able to eat some.
He thanks those who have sent him cards.



Opportunities to Serve at WBTS

Click here to learn of some of the wonderful ways you can serve at Westminster by the Sea!


Upcoming Events at WBTS


Vacation Bible School is on it's way !!!! Click on the picture or HERE to download the Volunteer Registration form.


Body, Mind, and Soul

"Westminster has had a 'Body, Mind, and Soul' Health ministry since 1997. Here Personal Trainer Lucas Porto teaches those gathered about Strength Training, Balance, and Nutrition."


WBTS Institute Spring 2015 Registration Has Begun!

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



Peninsula Hall Groundbreaking 10/19/2014

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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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"A picture paints a thousand words:  glimpses of our church's early years" (Windows) (Quicktime)

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