Worship This Sunday


This Sunday (7/27) our Student Band is leading worship in the main services at West Side! We’re excited! So instead of having Velocity, we’ll be joining the main 9:00am worship service to support the band. We’ll have a section specifically saved for you, front and center! Come hang out and worship with us!

Also, this Sunday is our last Sunday that our Student Worship Intern, Michael Swearingen, will be with us. He’s headed back to Johnson University to finish his senior year of school. Sad day for us, but we’re excited about the future for him! We’re going to eat cake for Michael. At 10:00am in The Hub, right after we worship together in main worship, we’ll be hanging out and saying goodbye to Michael (and eating cake!).

See you this Sunday!

Summer Camp – LAST CALL!


If you’re not already signed up for the biggest week of the year, the WSCC Jr. High Week at LSCA, this is your last chance!  Camp begins at 4PM on Sunday, July 27th and we’ll wrap up at 7PM on Friday, August 1st.  The deadline has passed but we’ve still got some space and we’d love to get everyone possible in so if you’d still like to go, let us know.  We’re finalizing groups right now but we would love for you to be a part of this big week that will but a huge jump start to our whole year together.

If you’d like to go, go to WestSideVelocity.org/Camp now to start the registration process and then fill out the registration form.  The cost is $215 but if finances are the only thing keeping you from coming, please let us know. We’ll help you find a way to go. We really do want EVERYONE to be there!

If you’re already registered, great! Make sure you have your full registration from and all payment turned in.  You’ll receive final details, including where to drop off/pick up, what to pack and what group you’ll be in, via email within the next few days.

Water Wars


Our next big event is Wednesday, July 23th from 6:00-8:00PM. Meet us out on the lawn at church and come prepared to get soaked in our Water Wars! If you’ve got water guns, bring them with you.

Launch Kickoff Service


It’s a big week in student ministry! We’re welcoming in a bunch of new 6th graders and kicking off a new series! Since it’s such a big Sunday, and because of what we’re talking about, we’re combining 6-12th grade for one week only at 10:30am. We’ll all worship together as we talk about our dreams for student ministry and where we’re headed this year…Destination EVERYONE.

Beginning next week we’ll resume our normal schedule with 6-8th grade at 9:00am and 9-12th grade at 10:30am. (Note: Beginning in July, all grades will reflect the 2014-15 school year.)

8th Grade Memories


This morning we celebrated our graduating 8th graders as they get ready to start in high school ministry next week.  Take a look back at a few fun pictures of our three years together.

YB Normal Dinner



If you’ve been to our YB Normal Welcome Dinner before you know it’s something no one will want to miss. We throw this party every year to welcome all of our new students, especially the incoming 6th graders. This year, the dinner is Sunday, June 29th from 5-6PM.  We ask all of our students going into 7-8th grade  to come at 4PM to help setup and decorate.  We’ll eat in Centennial Hall and then likely transition into the Hub to play a few games.

PARENTS: We need your help providing and/or serving food for the dinner. Melissa Bandixen is coordinating the food for the evening but we need lots more parents to help out by bringing a dish. Please contact Melissa directly if you’d be willing to help provide a food item of if you can help setup that afternoon.  If you have any other questions, feel free to contact ChrisS@wschurch.org

Freshman Burger Bash


We’ve got a special night planned for our graduating 8th graders as they prepare to transition into High School.  Their last official day in Jr. High at West Side is Sunday morning, June 29th.  Then on Wednesday, July 2nd we’ve got a big Burger Bash to have some fun, say goodbye and get you started off in high school on the right foot.  Join us for dinner & fun from 5:30-7:00PM and then stay for your first official Fusion event, the High School Bonfire Night from 7-9PM.  If you’re beginning high school this year don’t miss it!

Ideal Family w/the Lowens


This past Sunday we wrapped up our Ideal Family series with some special guests.  Eddie & Sharon Lowen came in to answers many of the questions our students have been asking throughout the series.  If you missed it on Sunday, you can watch the interview below.

If you’d prefer to listen, you can listen to all of our student messages via our podcast.

Summer Lovin’ series


This June our ministry is teaching through a series called Summer Lovin’.  Our goal is to use our summer to love others the way Jesus loved.

As a part of our Summer Lovin’ emphasis, we’re taking on a challenge to make 1000 packages of travel toiletries for those in need both in Springfield, IL and Springfield, MO (the location of our high school mission trip).  To do that, we need everyone to get on board and bring in as many TRAVEL size bottles as you can by June 15.  Then on June 22 we’ve got a special project planned during worship to put the packages together as a group.

We’re having a contest between the guys and the girls to see who can collect the most.  We’re asking GUYS to bring in Shower Gel & Lotion.  We’re asking GIRLS to bring in Shampoo & Conditioner.  Ask your friends and families to help so we can help as many people as possible this summer!