West Side Youth

Learning to Love God and Lead People.

Whoever you are, wherever you're from, you are welcome here.

Here at West Side, we desire to be witnesses to our world of the redemptive, transformative truth of the gospel. This mission begins with our youth. To that end, West Side Youth seeks to be a ministry that raises up students to be the next generation of leaders who love Jesus Christ and desire to serve Him and His church. This does not happen overnight. Each and every one of the activities we do – the retreats, mission trips, conferences, service opportunities, small groups, and Bible studies – are intended to grow our youth’s passion for God, His Word, and serving His people. Come and join us in this powerful and welcoming community!

There is always something happening with West Side Youth! Whether it’s 9-Square, bowling, Lock-Ins, movies, corn mazes, The Amazing Race, etc., don’t want to miss on the action. Check our calendar for what’s next!

Sundays

Morning Worship

We encourage both middle and high school students to worship with their families on Sundays in either of our morning services. Often students will choose to sit together during worship as well.

Sunday School

Sunday School is an awesome place for students to ask questions and grow in their faith by connecting with God and others. Join us at 9:55am—middle school meets in room 5 and high school meets in Rap Hall. September through June

Sunday Evenings

During the school year, join us every first and third Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30pm for High School Impact and Middle School Huddle, an evening of worship, study and games. Come, check it out, and bring a friend. Sure to be a great time!

Serve

We love to have students serve in many capacities. Children’s Ministry, Hospitality, Greeters, Ushers and more! Contact Stacy or Madeline for more information.

Youth Leadership Team 

The purposes of YLT are to give high school students the opportunity to:
  • Develop skills as a Christian leader
  • Utilize their talents as leaders in West Side Youth Ministry programs and activities
  • Be part of an intentional community of students who are serious about faith in Jesus Christ and living their faith in all areas of their lives
YLT students lead our youth ministry in spiritual growth, commitment to service and involvement in activities. YLT students take seriously the importance and responsibility of leadership. Committing to YLT is more than just attending the monthly gatherings; it is committing and contributing to West Side Youth Ministry by participating in events, serving others and working to be a Christ-Centered student.

D-Groups

West Side’s D-Groups (Discipleship Groups) provide an opportunity for students to meet in small groups and
  • experience the love of Christ;
  • live in community with one another, and
  • grow in their relationship with God.
Each D-Group consists of a young adult leader and three high school students.
Contact Stacy Kutz for more information.

Confirmation

Twice a month, October through April, a confirmation class is offered for middle school & high school students who are interested in taking their faith further. During this class, students will learn and practice using the language of the faith and see that Jesus calls them to a purpose that is bigger than themselves. The class will cover the Biblical narrative, Christian theology, Presbyterian Polity, and what it means to be The Church.

Annual Retreats

Winter Retreat

Every Winter, West Side joins other churches for an incredible weekend of games, worship and fellowship with one another. Each night we gather to worship together and have an opportunity to hear from a local speaker who will spend the weekend opening God’s word and challenging our students in the faith.

Memorial Day Retreat

For more than 30 years, West Side has been hosting a 3 day retreat for 6-12th grade students across Memorial Day weekend. Of all the things we do, MDR is a yearly favorite for students. This outreach retreat is a place for students to invite friends for an amazing weekend of dynamic speakers, great bands, hilariously fun activities and deep conversation. It’s a weekend with lasting impact!

Lake Chelan Retreat

August 8-11, 2019

Each summer middle and high school kids head to Lake Chelan for 4 days and 3 nights of fun on the water (middle and high school go separately). Inner-tubing, swimming, delicious food, and great speakers make this retreat fill up quickly! 

West Side Youth Serve

West Side Wednesdays

Student volunteers are a key part of the success of West Side Wednesdays, an after school program on Seattle School’s early release Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00pm. Come to West Side and help after you get out of school!

Date Night with a Purpose

Students join with adults to play and entertain children and give parents a night out! Each month, couples are given the opportunity to go out on a date with thought-provoking questions to discuss. Meanwhile, kids enjoy a safe and fun evening at West Side.

CityServe

A great opportunity to serve!  Last summer, West Side joined with Bethany Community Church to help clean, paint, landscape and beatify Highland Park Elementary School. Mark your calendar to join the crew this year August 17, 2019.

Vacation Bible School

High School and Middle School students are critical to the success of our Summer kids Vacation Bible School They help lead children games, worship, crafts and conversation. Friendships are formed between older and younger kids, and in the midst of song, fun and laughter, everyone learns more about how much they are loved by God.

Youth Missions

“What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”

Acts 1:8

West Side Youth Ministry believes mission experiences are an important part of faith development, and we strive to give students a variety of opportunities to serve during their years in the youth program. We rotate our mission experiences every three years: an evangelism training conference, a domestic trip, and a cross-cultural experience.

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