Our first official event for V-groups will be a Clue Night scavenger hunt on Wednesday, August 27th from 6:30-8:00pm. You’ll work through some clues to find out what group you’re in this fall and then work together so solve a crime and win the prize! Plus, come dressed as your favorite Clue character for a chance to win a prize for best outfit.
If you haven’t yet signed up for a group this year make sure you send a note to HannahK@wschurch.org with your name, grade and either previous group leader’s name or 1-2 people you’d prefer to be with (if you care).
Then weekly groups resume September 10th in the Hub.
This Sunday, August 24, 2014, is going to be a very special day at West Side. If you were here on August 26, 2012 you’ll likely never forget an incredible service where 129 people gave their lives to Jesus through baptism, often in their street clothes! This Sunday will be West Side’s Baptism Decision Day again and we’re praying for many lives to be forever changed.
If you haven’t made the decision yourself to be immersed in baptism pray about it this week and talk to your parents. If you’re ready, there is no better time than this week to make that important decision!
Already baptized or not, don’t want any of our students to miss this morning so we are not having student worship in the Hub. Instead we’ll have a special student section for 6-8th grade students down front in main worship at 9:00am. We’re expecting a very full service at 9:00 and especially 10:30 so the more you can help us be flexible, the better. If you can’t join us at 9:00, we’d love for you to attend with your family at 11:45 if possible to keep as many seats open as we can at 10:30 for guests.
The Roundabout is one of the biggest, and most highly anticipated, events we do all year and it is a perfect chance to invite a friend or check out our ministry for the first time. We stay out all night and travel around town to have as much fun as humanly possible.
The fun begins on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10PM. We’ll start out at the YMCA downtown time in the pool (bring suit & towel if you want to swim), basketball, volleyball and the game room. After that we’ll head to Kingpin Lanes for some bowling before we head back to The Hub for dodgeball, snacks, video games, a movie and and who knows what else! Finally, we’ll end our night at Showplace East to see a new release movie together (G or PG). A whole night of fun for only $20!
There is no need to sign up ahead of time but students do need to bring $20 and a complete permission form with them to the Downtown YMCA that night. Then they’ll need to be picked up at Showplace East at 7AM.
We’re rounding out our summer together at the fair on Sunday, August 17th from 4:00-6:00PM. We’ll meet outside the main entrance at 4:00PM so you can get dropped off there and look for our Velocity sign. Then, be sure you get picked up back there at 6:00PM (or bring a note from your parents and you’re staying later and they aren’t there to pick you up). We’ll break into groups with our adult leaders and walk around together.
Bring money for admission and anything fun food you want to get or crazy rides you want to try. Should be a blast!
This Sunday, August 10th from 4:00-6:45PM we’re hosting our Next Step class. Next Step is a class that our church offers every few months to help people better understand what baptism and membership are all about. It includes dinner together (free food is always good!) and it’s been a great class for everyone who has been a part of it in the past.
As a part of this event we offer a student specific version of the class. If you’ve been thinking about making the decision to be baptized, or even if you don’t know much about baptism and want to know more, this is the perfect class for you. We’ll have dinner together and participate in the regular Next Step class for a short period of time. Then the students will split off to hang out and talk more about baptism and what it means for students.
On Wednesday, August 13th at 5:15PM we will have a short (30-45 minute) meeting in The Hub. We’ll talk about all of the new things we’ve got planned this year and fill you in on how you can best help your student get plugged in. I HIGHLY recommend parents of incoming 6th graders to come but we’d love to have all of our parents. Students are also welcome to come if they’d like to find out more about what we’ve got planned.
SCS Parents – We will dismiss in time for you to make the 6PM school meeting if you’re planning to attend that.
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!).
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.