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On Wednesday, July 29 from 12:00pm-3:00pm we’ll be celebrating the end of an era for our current class of 8th graders as they prepare to head on up to High School Ministry. We’re inviting all 8th graders (soon to be freshman) to come out to the Young’s house (NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE). We’ll have some lunch, swim in the pool, play some games and just hang together one last time to say goodbye.

Later that evening from 6:00-8:00pm is our Freshman [Informal] Dinner for students and parents which you should have already received a letter about.

You aren’t required to RSVP but if you know you’re coming, email Chris and let him know so we know how much food to prepare.

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In order to help ease the transition of our 8th graders into HSM (High School Ministry), all graduating students and parents are invited to a Freshman [Informal] Dinner. On Wednesday night, July 29, from 6:00-8:00pm in The Hub, our HSM team would love to meet both students and parents for a fun night of encouragement as we make this transition together.

During our time at Informal, we’ll eat some food, have some friendly competition with other families, incoming freshman will hang out with some of our current HSM student leaders and ask them questions (and play some games), and our High School Minister Drew Peterson will chat with parents about HSM, what you can expect, and some quick points to help you win as a parent of a high school student.

After Informal, our HSM students are headed to the drive-in for a fun night of movies and hanging out. We’d love for new freshmen to join us right afterwards as well!

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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 26th from 4-6PM.  We ask all of our students going into 7-8th grade  to meet in The Hub at 4PM to help setup and decorate. New 6th graders have a special send-off celebration at the same time so they’ll start out upstairs in E205 at 4PM before meeting us downstairs for dinner at 5PM. 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. Kendra Diss & Jen Fitzgibbon are coordinating the food for the evening but we need lots more parents to help out by bringing a dish. You can SIGNUP TO BRING SOMETHING, or to volunteer, at our online signup here. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact HannahK@wschurch.org

New Student Programming

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By now many of you should have received a letter with details on some of the exciting changes coming this fall to our Jr. High student programming. We’re updating our look but the changes go much deeper than that. We’ll be adding an additional service on Sunday mornings at 11:30AM to make it easier for EVERY West Side Jr. Higher to join us. We’ll also be moving our Jr. High Groups to Sunday afternoons and even introducing a hang out time after church to allow students to spend much of the day with us if they’d like to.

If you didn’t receive the letter or haven’t had a chance to read it, make sure you take a look now so you’re ready for all the excitement to begin this August!

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This summer our church is taking on another massive extreme school makeover project, Springfield Sharefest, this time at Feitchens Elementary School. It’s going to make a big impact in our community and our student ministry wants to jump in as well so we’re taking on a huge goal!

Between now and Sharefest (starts July 25) we are trying to collect $2,000 to paint stories of hope across the walls of Feitchans Elementary. The paint will be used to create beautiful murals and life the spirits of everyone who visits the school.

Our offering each week in The Hub will go directly toward the project but we know many of you may need additional ways to try to help. If you’re looking to help but need a way to earn money, you can use this letter & pledge sheet to collect pledges and then come in and volunteer around the church. You can also pickup a copy in the Hub anytime.

Inside Out Series Kickoff

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This July in student worship we’re talking about some of the emotions that play inside of our heads. The series is based off of the big new Pixar movie, Inside Out.

As part of the kickoff, we’ll have a combined Jr. High and High School worship service in The Hub on Sunday, June 28, at 10:15am (no worship at 9AM). Directly after the service, we’ll head to the Parkway Point Theater to watch Inside Out together! It’s going to be a blast.

You can ride with us on one of our school buses right after the 10:15am service from The Hub, or meet us at the theater (movie starts at around 11:45am). Students need to be picked up directly from the movie theater afterward (we don’t have buses back). The cost is only $5, with optional discounted popcorn and soda for another $5.

It’s going to be a great kickoff to an awesome series and it’s the perfect chance to bring friends!

Giant Game Night

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Come play some crazy giant games with us on Sunday, May 31 from 4:30-6:00 in the Hub (and outside). We’ll have all kinds of crazy, giant games plus some free giant snacks.

Invite your friends to come kick off the summer with us!

St. Louis Mission Trip 2015

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Join us July 6-9, 2015 as we head to downtown St. Louis to work with a great organization called LOVEtheLOU.  We’ll help local churches, serve the homeless and work in several under-resourced communities to bring the love & hope of Jesus.  Trip cost is $120.  The deadline to register and pay is 6/14.  Email us at ChrisS@wschurch.org for more details or to register.  Space is limited so signup soon!

Blurred Lines Series

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In a world where students are bombarded with false messages about love and sex every day, it is vital that they hear the truth about God’s plan. This Sunday, April 12 we will begin a new three week series in The Hub called Blurred Lines. During the series we’ll cover three big questions:

  1. God’s Plan for Sex & Dating – How far is too far? Who can I date? When is it OK to date?
  2. The Friendzone – How do I begin to develop healthy relationships in all areas of my life now?
  3. Complete Purity – How do we take God’s call to sexual purity beyond just not having sex before marriage but make it a way of life to avoid lust, etc?

Parents: Obviously this series will address topics a little more sensitive than an average Sunday. They will all be Jr. High age appropriate but if parents have questions or concerns they are free to contact ChrisS@wschurch.org. If you feel your student isn’t ready to hear this material they are welcome to attend adult worship with you instead during the series.

As always, if you’re curious about what students are learning, you can always download our podcast and hear for yourself.  (Note: Some podcast messages may be the high school version of the message.)