Elf Night Christmas Party


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


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!

Pumpkinpalooza 2014


On Wednesday, October 29 from 6:30-8:00PM our normal V-Groups will be replaced by our  annual Pumpkinpalooza event! We’ll meet you at the camp for lots of pre-Halloween fun. We’ll do some fun fall stuff and, since it’ll be near Halloween we’re asking everyone to come in costume. We’ll also be doing some fun stuff with candy but we need some donations. If you or your family have any extra candy or would be willing to provide some, please contact ChrisS@wschurch.org.

The whole point of nights like this is to give you an easy way to invite your friends to come out, have some fun and meet a few people from church. Take the time in the next week or two to mention this to your friends and grab some postcards to invite them to come join in the fun!

Parenting on Purpose Conference


On November 15 from 9am-1pm we’re hosting a very special event for parents.  Our entire family ministry team has been working for months to plan the Parenting On Purpose Conference. It will feature a main session and worship followed by breakouts led by many of our staff including sessions on Dealing with Tech & Media, Understand Your Child’s Personality, Equipping Your Teen To Own Their Faith and many more. We’re planning to make it a very impactful and practical day for all of our parents and we’ll hope you’ll make it a point to be there.

The cost of the conference is only $10 including lunch, childcare and resources.  Registration opens soon at wschurch.org/parents.  Make sure you get signed up by Sunday, November 9 so we make sure we have space for you.  We hope you’ll join us!

Mighty Strong Girls


Mighty Strong Girls is a 5 week elective for all girls in 6-8th grade from October 7-November 4. It will be held from 5-6pm each week in the Hub classroom.

Mighty Strong Girls is a magazine that is created by local teenage girls discussing topics that they have dealt with as a teenage girl. This month’s issue is focusing on the topic of Wisdom. We will be talking about how to make wise choices at school, in relationships, in our families and how to find our true value in God. To sign up please email Hannah at HannahK@wschurch.org and bring $5 to our first meeting.

See You At The Pole


See You At The Pole is a student-led, national movement that takes place every year in September to pray for our cities, schools, and nation.

This year, See You At The Pole is taking place on Wednesday, September 24 at 7am (unless another time has been announced) at your local school flag pole.

Take this opportunity to connect with other Christians, pray for Springfield, and pray for your teachers and other students at your school.

You can find out more info about See You At The Pole at http://syatp.com.

Hub Hangtime


It’s back!  Beginning Tuesday, September 16 we’re going to open up The Hub Gathering Area from 3:30-5:00 each Tuesday. Take advantage of this low key time to invite friends after school to come and study, play video games, get food from the snack bar or just hang out.

V-Group Off Site Night



As we kickoff the first month of V-Groups we’re planning a special night to give groups a chance to get to know each other and catch up from the summer in a casual environment. This coming Wednesday (9/17) all of our groups are meeting off site at a restaurant or somewhere fun. Currently group plans are:

  • 6thGrade Boys (All) – 6:30-8:00 at WSCC, bring $5 and chips or a side
  • 7thGrade Boys (Justin/Don/Tanner) – 6:30-8:00 at Knights Action Park, bring $10
  • 7thGrade Boys (Carl & Connor) – 6:30-8:00 at Culvers
  • 8thGrade Boys (All) – 6:30-8:00 at WSCC for pizza and dodgeball
  • 6thGrade Girls (Angela, Jenni & LeighAnn) – 6:30-8:00 at Dairy Queen
  • 6thGrade Girls (Jessica & Katie) – 6:30-8:00 at Bella Milano, bring $20
  • 6thGrade Girls (Missy, Brenda & Olivia) – 6:30-8:00 at Wabash Steak & Shake, bring $ for food
  • 7thGrade Girls (Nancy, Jennifer & Erika) – Mall food court at 6:30, pickup at Glow Golf at 8:00 (bring $ for food/golf: golf=$6 for 12 & under, $8 for 13+)
  • 7thGrade Girls (Angie, Stefanie & Rebecca) – 6:30-8:00 at the Mall (meet at Dick’s)
  • 8thGrade Girls (Twyla, Jenni & Alanna) – 6:30-8:00 at Cherry Berry
  • 8thGrade Girls (Molly, Susan & Maisie) – 6:30-8:00 at Cherry Berry
  • 8thGrade Girls (Hannah & Brianna) – 9/20 @ 5pm, Sleepover (2408 Country Club), bring ice cream topping

If you’re not sure where to go or have any questions, contact Chris. You may also want to check back Wednesday before you go just to make sure there have been no changes.

Introducing…Sharon Lowen!


For several years, West Side’s Family Ministry Team has dreamed of making a major move to better equip parents to be the primary spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. A few months ago we were extremely excited to announce that Sharon Lowen  agreed to join our staff team as our Parent Resource Director. Obviously, Sharon has been a part of our church for quite a while, often serving in both high-level volunteer and interim staff roles. She’s now joining our team in a permanent capacity, working with our Family Ministry Team to empower parents with the best training and resources we can offer.

We’ve included some fun info about Sharon that you may not know below.  In addition to checking that out, we’d love for you to like West Side Parents on Facebook to stay in the loop on all kinds of the great programs and resources we have for parents.

1. What were you doing before coming to work at WSCC?

I’ve been at WSCC for 14 years now! During this time I have served in interim positions in Children’s and Student Ministries. My main job has been raising my kids, though. I home schooled for 9 years. Before coming to Illinois, I have been: an Orthodontic Assistant, Church Secretary, Daycare Provider, Piano & Voice teacher, worked for an Educational Consulting Firm, and coordinated a MOPS program.

2. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?

I studied piano for 11 years and voice for 3. Before deciding to go to Bible College, my goal was to go into music performance and I had a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

3. What was your very first paid job?

I gave historical tours of colonial homes in Bath, North Carolina. Bath…home of Blackbeard the Pirate, but I’m sure you know that already, right?

4. What do you love?

Any warm environment…I hate being cold.

5. Greatest fear?

Well, it used to be tornadoes until I moved to Illinois.

6. Most Recent Purchase?

Groceries… at Hyvee.

7. What does your ideal day entail?

Waking up to sunshine and warm temperatures, getting breakfast at a favorite place with my husband Eddie, and spending the whole day together.

8. Secret Ambition?

To be a doctor.

9. Favorite Scripture?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

10. Favorite Quote?

“As you help others face their days, you put life into your own.” Max Lucado

11. Describe one of your proudest moments.

Reading my daughter’s graduation Right of Passage project for Pleasant Plains High School: her career goal was to grow up and become like me. You expect your 4 year old to say that, but not your teenager daughter.

12. What is the best way to contact you?

My West Side email…  SharonL@wschurch.org.

Please help us welcome Sharon to the Family Ministry Team!