Jr. High is a pivotal time for every young man. Boys transition out of childhood and begin to live like men. Throughout the ages, every culture has created a “rite of passage” for their young men to mark the transition from boyhood to manhood. This May, we’re planning a weekend that we’re confident will help prepare each of our 7th graders to make a strong transition into life as a God-honoring adult.
ARISE: A RETREAT EXPERIENCE FOR FATHER’S & SONS
ARISE is a retreat West Side offers annually for 7th grade boys and their fathers (or father figures). The goal of the weekend is to bring fathers and sons together along with a team of godly, respected men from our church for an intentional experience to mark their transition into manhood. We’ll spend time together talking about what it means to be a godly man, enjoy good food, fun games, a ropes course, capture the flag and a lot of “man time” together.
Our leadership team has been working for some time now to make ARISE an incredible event for fathers and sons. After our experience the last few years, I’m confident it will be a weekend that fathers and sons will remember for a lifetime.
LOCATION: Camp CILCA, about 8 miles north of town.
DATES & TIMES: 6:30PM on Friday, May 30– late Saturday night, May 31, 2014.
COST: $49 per person if you register and pay by April 13th ($59 by May 4th). Because of thesignificance of this event, the church is picking up a portion of the cost. However, as with any of our events, if cost is an obstacle for your family, please let us know and we will help find a way for you to go.
We’d appreciate feedback from each family as soon as possible to help us prepare. Do you plan to participate? Do you have calendar conflicts? Please contact us at ChrisS@wschurch.org to let us know your availability, to register or if you have any additional questions. Space is limited so sign up soon to reserve your spot. Turn in your money to the church office to lock in your spot (first come, first serve).
If at all possible, please make this event a priority as you plan your calendar. It’s only open to a select group of students so that we can make it VERY special for each young man. I hope every 7th grade boy will be able to participate!
Throughout the month of March we’re challenging our students to step up and serve. There are always roles around the church our students can help with (cafe, children’s ministry, etc) but we’ve got several inside of our ministry that we’d love to plug more students in with.
Photography – capture memories to share with others
Welcome – help greet newcomers each week
Technology – assist with computer, lights & audio
Worship – help lead children & students in worship
If you’re interested in finding out more about serving on one of these teams you can signup in the hub or contact us for more info.
We’re excited to announce that Hannah Knight has agreed to extend her time on our staff for an additional year. Hannah has been serving with us as Student Ministry Intern for the last year. Starting June 1st she’ll begin a 12-month residency program here at West Side. She’ll continue her focus on student ministry while assisting in the young adult ministry.
As those of you who have spent time around her already know, Hannah has been a huge asset to our team and a joy to have around. We’re pretty pumped to have her on our team for an additional year!
We’ve got a big day coming! Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30-8:00PM we’re hosting Bacon Night. It’ll be full on bacon mayhem. Bacon games. Bacon prizes. Bacon outfits (prizes to the best bacon themed attire). Plus over 100lbs of bacon and a free bacon bar!
Grab some free bacon tickets and invite your friends. It’s going to be a night you won’t forget!
On Sunday, February 23 we addressed some big questions regarding homosexuality. Questions like: What does the Bible say about homosexuality?, What if my friend says they’re gay? Would Jesus have gay friends?
If you missed it, you can listen to our podcast from Sunday. If you’re looking for additional resources, check out:
We’ve got some very special things planned on Wednesday, February 26th from 7-8PM. We’ve invited some of our adult worship team to lead us in a night of worship in The Hub for our students. Don’t miss it!
On Valentine’s day, Friday, February 14th from 6-9PM, our high school ministry is offering a babysitting night at the church. All proceeds will be divided among the volunteers to help pay for their summer trip so it’s a great way to support our students. If you have kids who are 0-11 years old at home and you’re looking for a babysitter on Friday, sign them up to come to West Side. Visit www.wschurch.org/datenight for more info and to get signed up.
Beginning Sunday, February 9th, we will be working through a five week series called You Asked For It. It will be an opportunity for our students to submit questions and for us to address some of the tough topics that don’t often get talked about. We’re challenging all students to grab some invite cards and encourage their friends to join us and even submit questions.
You can submit questions three ways:
Text questions to 217-220-9581
Submit them via twitter/instagram using #youaskedforitwscc
Write them in person using the question box in the Hub
Because of the nature of the series, we will be addressing a few topics that are a little more sensitive. Since students can still submit questions all of the topics aren’t locked in but we already know we’ll be addressing two major issues:
2/9 – Sex & Dating – We’ll address questions like, “Does it really matter if my boyfriend/girlfriend is a Christian?” and “How far is too far to go with my boyfriend/girlfriend?”
2/23 – Homosexuality – We’ll address questions like, “Is homosexuality a sin?” and “What do I do if I have a friend who says they are gay?”
PARENTS – We believe we’ll handle all topics in an age appropriate and God honoring manner. However, if you have any concerns about these topics for your student in particular, you’re welcome to pull them for the week and have them attend main service with you. You’re also welcome to check out our podcast following each week and listen for yourself if you have questions about what is addressed.
If you have any questions about Velocity in general, or about this series in particular, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.
If you’re an 8th grader you should mark your calendars now for the biggest high school trip of the year, CIY MOVE, on July 7-12. In addition to being an incredible conference, it’s also the best way I know to meet people and get plugged into the high school ministry. Because the conference is a week-long it can get expensive so we try to provide several opportunities to help earn money to offset the cost.
On Valentine’s day, Friday, February 14th from 6-9PM, we’ll do a babysitting night at the church. All proceeds will be divided among the volunteers so it’s a great way to help pay for your trip. If you want to volunteer, contact HannahK@wschurch.org and we’ll plan to have you.
Hopefully you have a chance to be a part of worship with us each Sunday in the Hub at 9AM. However, when you do have to miss for some reason (or if you’re a parent interested in what we’re teaching) you can catch the audio of each Sunday’s message on our podcast. You can subscribe via iTunes or your podcast player of choice. Just search for Hub Student Ministries and you should find it.