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!

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 registering after 2/8)

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.

V-Group Serving Night

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The week of Wednesday, December 3 each of our V-Groups are planning their own opportunities to serve and make a difference in our community.  We will not be meeting at the church during our regular time that night.  Instead, check the list below to make sure you know your group’s plans.  If you’re not in a group or aren’t sure which is yours, contact Chris.

  • All 8th Girls – Christmas party for James project in E205, 5-8pm, Susan’s group bring stockings, Jenni’s group bring candy, Hannah’s group bring assigned craft/snack.
  • 7th (Nancy, Jennifer & Erika) – Nancy’s house (2612 Kipling Drive), 6:30-8pm, bring snacks
  • 7th (Angie, Stefanie & Rebecca) – 5 Below 6pm-Church 8pm, bring $5
  • 6th (Jessica & Katie) – CH Kitchen, 6-8pm, bring cookie/brownie mix to bake, cookie sheets & snacks
  • 6th (Angela, Jenni & LeighAnn) – Make blankets at LeighAnn’s house (4300 Creek Drive), 6-8pm, bring $5 & snack or drink
  • 6th (Missy & Brenda) -Mini Obeirne Children’s Holiday Store (2325 West Monroe), 6:30-8pm
  • All 8th Grade Boys – Already met (served homeless on 11/23)
  • 7th (Carl & Connor) – Ronald McDonald House, 6:30-8pm
  • 7th (Justin, Don & Tanner) – Meet at Fireside Cafe, 6:30-8pm, Help with Holiday Blast
  • 6th (Jim, Chris & Andrew) – Parkway Point Aldi 6:30-Target 8:00, bring $5 for groceries & extra for snack
  • 6th (PJ, Shane & Joey) – Meet at Fireside Cafe, 6:00-8pm, Help with Holiday Blast

Elf Night Christmas Party

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Get ready to get your elf on with us on December 10 from 6-8PM!  Our Christmas party this year will be an elfin’ good time as we play some elf themed games together, give away some prizes and watch this all time classic Christmas movie on the big screen in The Hub.  Plus, every great Christmas movie is made better with free popcorn and hot chocolate bar.

It’ll be a night to remember so grab some invites from The Hub and invite your friends!

Deck The Hub

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Excited to jump fully into the Christmas season?  We’ll be decorating The Hub for Christmas on Tuesday, November 25 from 3:30-5:00PM.  If you just can’t get enough Christmas and you’d like to come help we’d love to have you. Plus we’ll have some fun Christmas snacks!