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!

Sharefest Paint Project

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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.)

Tech Talk for Parents

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Parents are encouraged to come Wednesday, April 29 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in The Hub. We’ve invited Chris Sandel (Family Ministries Director) and Josh LeVeque (IT Director) to follow up on our recent AXIS Parent Night by sharing some practical advice for guiding your child through a world of cell phones and social media. Free childcare is available but space is limited so RSVP for childcare here ASAP if needed.

If you missed the class, you can still access the audio recording and several great resources at www.WestSideVelocity.org/POP.

Follow Us on Social Media

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If you’re not already, make sure you follow us on Twitter & Instagram.  It’s a great way to get a glimpse of what our students are up to and also stay current with upcoming trips & events.  We’re updating much more regularly now so you don’t want to miss out!

You can also like West Side Velocity on Facebook for additional pictures and other Jr. High specific Facebook goodness!

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.  Email us at ChrisS@wschurch.org for more details or to register