Believe 2015

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Our biggest weekend of the year is March 27-29 at Believe. The event has moved to Springfield this year so we’re able to make the trip much cheaper while also adding some extra fun activities like a waffle bar for breakfast, a scavenger hunt, a black light party, an overnighter in the Hub and the chance to stay in the brand new lodge at LSCA!  Visit our Believe page for even more details.

The early bird registration (only $89) is due by Sunday, February 8. (The final deadline is Sunday, March 1 for an additional $20 fee).  Register online now to make sure you don’t miss it!  As always, if cost will keep you from coming, please let us know and we’ll help work out a way for you to come.

Click here to register

Every year we go to Believe and every year we see students come back excited and even more committed to Christ than ever before so hopefully you’ll be able to join us this year!

Axis Night

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Springfield Christian School and West Side are teaming up to host Axis, an organization committed to communicating with the next generation about faith, media, and technology. They specialize in events for both students and parents and we’re confident they will be sessions you’ll remember!

While they are here, the Axis team will host two evening sessions.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – 6:30-8:15PM IN THE HUB

Parents are invited to join us for a dynamic multimedia presentation called “Sex, College, Beer, Technology & Jesus: What Students Think About and Tools for Effective Family Discipleship”. Parents are appointed by God to be the primary educators of their children. In this session just for parents, we want to equip you with the information and tools you need to understand your students and educate them to think wisely about the ideas that are influencing them.

WEDNESDAY – 6:30-8:15PM, WORSHIP CENTER

This evening is for both parents and students!  We’ll explore the trending ideas and messages of culture inundating students and impacting their beliefs.  The Axis team will demonstrate the impact artists’ and celebrities’ messages have on us as they become our “friends.” This fun and engaging presentation will promote real friendship and the need for mentorship, while bringing adults and students together around the lifelong goal of discipleship.

Instead of our typical night of V-groups, we’re encouraging both parents and students to join us in the worship center at 6:30 for the presentation.  Following the presentation, we’ll break into groups for some additional discussion and to give parents an opportunity to meet Jr. High group leaders.

Interested in more information about Axis in the mean time? Check out their free e-book, How To Talk With Your Kids About Pop Culture.

Nacho Night

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We’re gearing up for another great night to bring your friends!  On Wednesday, February 25 from 6:30-8:00 the Hub is transforming into a Nacho Extravaganza. We’re planning for pools full of cheese, a crazy topping bar and even a nacho pinata!

It’s going to be a night to remember so grab some invite cards from the Hub.  Then bring as many of your friends as you can and come hungry!

SCS Jr. High Preview Night

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Springfield Christian School is an incredible partner ministry to West Side.  Over the years we have seen hundreds of students graduate from 8th grade at SCS prepared to enter high school on strong ground both academically and in their faith.  If you’re interested in learning more about Jr. High at SCS, please join us on Thursday, February 19 at 6:30pm upstairs in E205.  The evening will begin with a short presentation followed by a tour of classrooms.  Jr. High teachers will be on hand to answer all of your questions.  We also encourage you to invite your friends and family who might be interested in learning more about SCS.

Interested in even more information?  Read their informational letter or visit the SCS website today!

Believe 2015 – 1+1=169

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Believe is always our largest trip of the year and for good reason! It is designed especially for jr. high students so it’s full of fun and energy. More than that though, each year this conference is a catalyst for life change like nothing else we do.  Literally hundreds of West Side students have had their lives changed at Believe over the years.

This year we’ve been presented with a HUGE opportunity. The conference has moved from St. Louis to Springfield and that’s allowed us to significantly reduce the cost while also adding some new fun elements that we wouldn’t be able to do outside of Springfield. (Check out more trip details here).  More than that though, with the reduced cost we’re hoping EVERY student who comes will invite someone so we can double the life changing impact this year.

   1 West Side Student ($89)
+ 1 Student New to Believe ($80 discounted rate)
= 2 Registrations for $169 (same cost as one in ’14)
                (*additional $20 per if paying after 2/25)

So, if you were already planning to go at the old cost, the question now is who could you invite to join you? How many friends could you bring along?  Or if you’re an adult, could you sponsor a student to join us?

Join us in the 1+1=169 Invite A Friend Challenge and help us double the life change that comes from this year’s conference!

Need more info about how to sponsor a student to attend? Contact ChrisS@wschurch.org.

EVERYONE loves Donuts

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If you haven’t heard yet, our service times are changing soon.  To make more room for EVERYONE, our new main service worship times will be 7:45, 9:00, 10:15 & 11:30.

Since we already begin Jr. High worship at 9:00, there will be NO CHANGE TO JR. HIGH WORSHIP TIME.  However, because it is a big first week on February 1st we’ve got some extra special things planned before service begins.  We’re asking all students to come early at 8:45 for FREE DONUTS and to be ready for what we’ve got planned.  If you get into the Hub any later than 8:55 you’re going to miss out so plan to come early.

Arise & Awaken 2015

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These are intentional events we’ve designed just for our 7th graders and their parents.  We bring together a few well respected, God-honoring adults from our church to help students make that important transition into adulthood.  The intentional challenges offered, combined with the connections formed between parent and child, make them incredibly life changing.

  • AWAKEN for mothers & daughters is March 13-14 at Oak Terrace Resort.  Signup online by 2/2 for a discounted rate of $99 per person.  The final registration deadline is 2/22 ($109).  Get all of the event info and register at our Awaken page.
  • ARISE for fathers & sons is April 17-18 at Camp CILCA.  Signup online by 3/8 for a discounted rate of $49 per person.  The final registration deadline is 3/29 ($59).  Get all of the event info and register at our Arise page.

Space is limited (there was a waiting list last year) so take a minute right now to register and save your spot!

Not in 7th grade?  No problem.  If you’re younger, we’re planning to offer this event each year so you can participate next year.  If you’re already through 7th grade and want to do something like this, let us know.  We’ll get you some valuable resources to help you create an event like this for your family.

Dodgeball 2015

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On Wednesday, January 21st from 6:30-8:00PM we’ll be gathering in the gym for one of our most highly attended events of the year. Make sure you come and invite your friends! It’s a super easy excuse to come and meet some fun people. Also, don’t forget that the students with the best dodgeball outfits get prizes so figure out something fun to wear.

Parents: We’re looking for some additional snacks for the night. If you’d be willing to bring some chips or cookies or send them with your student that night, please contact ChrisS@wschurch.org to let us know.

Christmas At West Side

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Elf Night Christmas Party – Our last night of V-groups for 2014 will be 12/10 as we celebrate Christmas together at our big Elf Night party.

Holiday Worship Schedule – We will wrap up our Christmas at the Movies series in the Hub on 12/21. Then on 12/28 we will be encouraging students to attend with their families at one of our two main services (9:15am or 10:45am).  We will not have separate student worship that week.

Christmas Eve Services – Join us in the main worship center on 12/22 or 12/23 at 5:00pm or 7:00pm or at 12/24 at 3:00pm or 5:00pm for one of our special Christmas Eve services.

Christmas Eve Volunteering – Our Jr. High Ministry is jumping in to help this year.  We want to make Christmas Eve a great experience for our little kids too.  If you’re interested in helping at any service,  but especially on 12/23 at 7:00pm, contact Chris.