The seeds of Joy in Learning were planted in 2013, and as a result of many folks cultivating them, a healthy vine began to sprout. Now, the tendrils of this ministry fill Westminster’s halls with joyful hearts ages 10 to 100. Together, people are growing in the joy of learning, whether it be weaving, painting, clay, cooking, various crafts, playing the guitar, sewing or simply playing games. 

The Joy in Learning program offers a wide variety of activities. Please scroll down this page and learn more about the many offerings. Already know what you want to register for? Simply click on the class listed below and jump to the registration page.


10 -100

K - 4th Grade  

Special Series

Punch Needle Art Acrylic Painting Crafts Cooking for PTM
Stained Glass Cooking Fun with Science Fused Glass
Instant Pot Cooking Living Waters   Telling Your Story
Ceramics Sewing    
Telling Your Story Quilting    

*Registration not required

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Beth Drake,


2019/2020 Activities


Tuesdays • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25

Crafts & Science

Kindergarten & First Grade will work with Sheppy Vann and her creative team making really cool crafts. 

Second - Fourth grade will have fun with Science with Mary Prue Alley and her team for the first hour then break into groups for games and chess.


What is 10 - 100? 10 - 100 is short for anyone 10 - 100 years old who want to learn something new. Participants are from Westminster, other churches, our community and outside our immediate community. Most Joy in Learning classes are free unless specified and donations are welcomed.

Tuesdays • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Session 1:January 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 2: February 4, 11, 18, 25


Acrylic Painting

with Rene Poe ( Session 1)
with Emily Coleman (Session 2)

Join Rene and Emily as they take you step by step through painting techniques on canvases! 



with Ann Schulze

First session only; 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Participants cook and bake delicious recipes, and will learn the nutrition behind what they eat! 



Living Waters for the World

with Suzanne Allen and Dennis Williams

Learn how it is possible to take dirty water and make it into clean, drinking water.




with Jody Folk

January 23, 30 • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Making decorative pillows for Renewal House.




with Lib Caldwell


Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced quilter, this is the place for you!  Lib and her team can help you learn all the tricks and joys of this beautiful art. 



Weaving & Sewing

with Sara Figal, Janet Bruno and Diane Banks
Wednesdays in January and February
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm • 295

Experience weaving on beautiful hand, table and floor looms. This class uses gorgeous textures to create keepsakes to cherish.





Punch Needle Art

with Beth Drake

Session 1: January 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 2: February 4, 11, 18, 25
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is a VERY forgiving activity. You don’t even have to make any knots! You can pull out your mistakes with just a pull of your yarn. Supplies are provided. Just a willing spirit is needed to try this FUN and EASY technique!


Stained Glass

with Cindy Strock

Tuesdays, January 7 - February 11

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We will be using copper, lead, grinders, heat and sharp glass to make a beautiful stained glass project.


Instant Pot Cooking

with Kimberly Dillard

Session 1: January 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 2: February 4, 11, 18, 25 - STILL HAVE OPENINGS
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to make warm, nutritious meals the easy way.




with Cass Fagan
Session 1: January 10, 17, 24, 31
Session 2: February 7, 14, 21, 28
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This class will throw on the wheel and hand throw. After three classes, everyone will have the opportunity to glaze in our many, gorgeous colors!! Participants can choose the size and structure of the project.




Wednesdays • 4:30 pm • Parlor

All ages welcome! Enjoy fun fellowship as we put a puzzle together.

No registration is necessary. Come and go as time allows.


Elementary and Middle School 
Crafts, Cooking, and Other Activities 

Dates: Metro Public School Days Off. 

Monday, February 17 for 5th-8th graders 
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mondays, March 16 for 1st-4th graders 
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  

Since we will have around 30 Nations Ministry 1st-4th grade children and 30 middle schoolers (and some additional Westminster folks) during these special days, we will need a lot of volunteers to help!






Telling Your Story

January 10, 24
February 14, 28
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

If you have ever wanted to give writing a try, now is your chance. Join us for this four-class workshop led by Sandra Plant. Please feel free to bring your lunch.


Fused Glass

February 1 9:30 am - 11:00 am OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

February 2 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fused glass is the technique of joining two or more pieces of glass by heat in a kiln. The result is a beautiful food-safe dish and design only limited by your imagination. Cost of this workshop is $35.


Cooking Meals for High Schoolers

Ann Schulze will lead a workshop to cook meals for 40-45 Preston Taylor Ministries high schoolers and their mentors at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, off of Charlotte Avenue. We welcome volunteers to prepare, deliver and clean up.



Nations Ministry Elders

February 5, 12, 19, 26
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27

Working with Nations Ministry, Westminster is able to help refugee elders with new skills. With the help of an interpreter, participants learn woodworking, sewing, photography, scrapbooking and crafts. We welcome snack providers, wood, yarn, fabric, scrapbooking supplies and helpers.


Sewing Service Project

with Leigh Kalis

March 23 and 24

10:00 am

Cut, iron and sew forty baby blankets and burp cloths for newborn babies for Strick' Gift.



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