Summer Camp

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All students entering 6-8th grades in for the 2014-15 school year are encouraged to join us at LSCA for summer camp on July 27-August 1, 2014. We’re hosting a special week just for West Side and using camp to kick off our brand new school year!

Registration:
Step 1: Sign Up Online
Step 2: Turn in registration form and payment to West Side Christian Church office.

Early registration paid by April 27, 2014 ($195)
Final registration date is June 29, 2014 (+$20)

Payment is due with registration form.  You are not officially registered until paid.  As always, if money is keeping you from attending contact ChrisS@wschurch.org and we’ll help work out a way for you to attend.

Interested in registering for a different age week of camp? You can do so directly through the camp at www.LSCAcamp.org.

One more goofy camp promo, just for kicks…

V-Group Serving Night

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The week of Wednesday, April 16 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 ChrisUnless otherwise noted, all serving plans are on 4/16.

  • 8th (Jessica, Angela & Heather) – May 3rd, Take Inner City Mission kids to ChuckECheese.
  • 8th (Dawn, Stacy & Helena) – WSCC Cafeteria, 6:30-8PM, Crafts for Africa trip
  • 7th (Dawn & Molly) – Meet at Dawn’s house, 6:30-8PM, help Baby Piper with necessities
  • 7th (Hannah) – Meet at WSCC in Hub, 6:30-8:00 (paint a mural)
  • 7th (Emily, Twyla, Zoe & Alanna) – Meet at WSCC at 6:15, take drinks/snacks to homeless.
  • 6th (Nancy & Jennifer) – WSCC 3rd Floor, 6:30-8PM, Help prep for Easter.
  • 6th (Angie) - 4/17 sleepover at Angie’s house (Easter baskets, clothes collecting, etc)
  • All 8th Grade Boys – Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, 6-8PM, camp projects.
  • All 7th Grade Boys – Meet at WSCC, 6:30-8PM, Volunteer outside (clean, pick up trash, etc)
  • All 6th Grade Boys – Meet at WSCC, 6:30-8PM, Bring canned/boxed food and deliver to organizations.

Ideal Family Series

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Throughout the month of May in Velocity we’ll be working through a series called Ideal Family.  We’ll focus on how we can learn to see from different perspectives, build trust and ultimately be a part of the solution in our homes.

We have several very fun things planned as a part of the series but to do them we need your help.

  • Send us your own awkward family photos (examples).  The dorkier, lamer, or cheesier the better!
  • Send us pictures of your mom when she was a kid.  (Don’t forget, mother’s day is 5/11!)
  • Students: Take a minute to answer these 6 quick questions for a Family Feud game we have planned.

Finally, to wrap up the series we’re hoping to have a panel of “experts” (a.k.a. parents) come and answer student questions.  You can begin submitting questions to HannahK@wschurch.org.  We’ll also have a box in the Hub for your questions beginning in May.

EVERYONE – Easter ’14

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We have some really exciting things planned for Easter this year.  Instead of having our separate, student only, services we’ll be joining the main worship service for the weekend at one of six services.  We’ll have our regular schedule on Sunday AM (7:45, 9:00, 10:30 & 11:45) with two additional services on Saturday night (3:30 & 5:00).  We’re encouraging all students to join friends & family in one of those services. (If you can help at an additional hour, please jump in and help us make Easter great for our children, especially on Saturday night.)

In addition, we’re trying to use the month prior to Easter to help create a movement in the Springfield area, telling everyone that they are loved by God and welcome at West Side.  Please take an EVERYONE card from church and post pictures of yourself online (be sure you tag #wsccspfld so we can use the pictures for some things we have planned) with others or in front of signs around town so people get the message that this is a place for everyone, especially on Easter.  Then, as buzz builds, make sure you ask those around you to join you on Easter to find out what it’s all about.

If you need something to post to get you started, here is our big group EVERYONE picture from Sunday.  Post it now for your friends to see.

 

Easter ’14 for Kids

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This Easter as we invite EVERYONE to celebrate with us, we want to do all we can to help make a great environment for our children.  Please plan to join your friends/family at one of our six Easter services and then, if you’re able, volunteer to help out in children’s ministry at one of our additional services.  Contact MissyF@wschurch.org to volunteer or talk to a student ministry staff member.

Our student ministry is especially trying to help out on Saturday night but we’d love your help at any service you’re able to help with.

Thanks for stepping up to help make West Side great for the generation coming up after you!

Arise 2014

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Jr. High is a pivotal time for every young man.  Boys transition out of childhood and begin to live like men.  Throughout the ages, every culture has created a “rite of passage” for their young men to mark the transition from boyhood to manhood.  This May, we’re planning a weekend that we’re confident will help prepare each of our 7th graders to make a strong transition into life as a God-honoring adult.

ARISE: A RETREAT EXPERIENCE FOR FATHER’S & SONS

ARISE is a retreat West Side offers annually for 7th grade boys and their fathers (or father figures).  The goal of the weekend is to bring fathers and sons together along with a team of godly, respected men from our church for an intentional experience to mark their transition into manhood.  We’ll spend time together talking about what it means to be a godly man, enjoy good food, fun games, a ropes course, capture the flag and a lot of “man time” together.

Our leadership team has been working for some time now to make ARISE an incredible event for fathers and sons.  After our experience the last few years, I’m confident it will be a weekend that fathers and sons will remember for a lifetime.

THE DETAILS

  • LOCATION:  Camp CILCA, about 8 miles north of town.
  • DATES & TIMES: 6:30PM on Friday, May 30– late Saturday night, May 31, 2014.
  • COST:  $49 per person if you register and pay by April 13th ($59 by May 4th).   Because of the significance of this event, the church is picking up a portion of the cost.  However, as with any of our events, if cost is an obstacle for your family, please let us know and we will help find a way for you to go.

We’d appreciate feedback from each family as soon as possible to help us prepare.  Do you plan to participate?  Do you have calendar conflicts?  Please contact us at ChrisS@wschurch.org to let us know your availability, to register or if you have any additional questions.  Space is limited so sign up soon to reserve your spot.  Turn in your money to the church office to lock in your spot (first come, first serve).

If at all possible, please make this event a priority as you plan your calendar.  It’s only open to a select group of students so that we can make it VERY special for each young man.  I hope every 7th grade boy will be able to participate!

Move It or Lose It

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Throughout the month of March we’re challenging our students to step up and serve.  There are always roles around the church our students can help with (cafe, children’s ministry, etc) but we’ve got several inside of our ministry that we’d love to plug more students in with.

  • Photography – capture memories to share with others
  • Welcome – help greet newcomers each week
  • Technology – assist with computer, lights & audio
  • Worship – help lead children & students in worship

If you’re interested in finding out more about serving on one of these teams you can signup in the hub or contact us for more info.

Hannah Knight

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We’re excited to announce that Hannah Knight has agreed to extend her time on our staff for an additional year.  Hannah has been serving with us as Student Ministry Intern for the last year.  Starting June 1st she’ll begin a 12-month residency program here at West Side.  She’ll continue her focus on student ministry while assisting in the young adult ministry.

As those of you who have spent time around her already know, Hannah has been a huge asset to our team and a joy to have around.  We’re pretty pumped to have her on our team for an additional year!

Bacon Night

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We’ve got a big day coming!  Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30-8:00PM we’re hosting Bacon Night. It’ll be full on bacon mayhem. Bacon games. Bacon prizes. Bacon outfits (prizes to the best bacon themed attire). Plus over 100lbs of bacon and a free bacon bar!

Grab some free bacon tickets and invite your friends.  It’s going to be a night you won’t forget!

Homosexuality Resources

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On Sunday, February 23 we addressed some big questions regarding homosexuality.  Questions like: What does the Bible say about homosexuality?, What if my friend says they’re gay?  Would Jesus have gay friends?

If you missed it, you can listen to our podcast from Sunday.  If you’re looking for additional resources, check out:

PODCASTS

BLOGS/ARTICLES

If you have additional questions or are interested in additional books or resources, don’t hesitate to let us know.

And just for fun, some of you asked about the music video we played: