Kids & Families

"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me...'"

Matthew 19:14

The church’s most valuable resource is its children!

Today’s children are the church leaders of tomorrow. West Side Presbyterian Church children’s ministry is a place for children to learn and grow in a loving nurturing environment. We want to provide fun and transformative experiences where kids grow strong relationships with one another and a deep love for our God. Kids celebrate Jesus year-round, whether in Sunday School’s weekly lessons and group discussions, or summertime’s week-long Vacation Bible School.
From our friends at University Presbyterian Church...

At Home Resources

Here's an option for your Sunday morning, March 29!

  1. Print out the Children’s Bulletin and grab some crayons for your kids: Early Childhood OR Elementary
  2. Livestream the service at 8:30 or 10:00 a.m. while your kids work on the bulletin activities (join us in the chat on youtube).
  3. Play this story video for your kids: Peter Walks on Water and read the scripture together as a family: Matthew 14: 22-33.
  4. Check out the craft instructions and print this out, then work on it together!
  5. Talk about the story using these questions as a guide:

Early Childhood

  1. After watching the video (and hearing the story from the Bible) what do you wonder about?
  2. I wonder what Peter thinks about Jesus?
  3. I wonder what it was like for the disciples when the wind and the waves beat against their boat on the lake?
  4. I wonder how Jesus felt when he saw his friends in trouble?
  5. I wonder why Peter stepped out of the boat and walked toward Jesus?
  6. I wonder why Peter started to sink into the water?
  7. I wonder how Peter felt when Jesus saved him?
  8. I wonder what the disciples thought when Jesus stepped into the boat and the wind and the waves became calm?
  9. I wonder what you think about Jesus?
  10. I wonder how Jesus can save us when we are in trouble?

Elementary

  1. After watching the video (and hearing the story from the Bible) what questions do you have?
  2. What do you think Peter thinks about Jesus? Why?
  3. What do you think it was like for the disciples when the wind and the waves beat against their boat on the lake?
  4. Why do you think Peter wanted to step out of the boat and walk toward Jesus?
  5. Why do you think Peter started to sink into the water?
  6. How do you think Peter felt when Jesus saved him? And what did Jesus think about Peter in that moment?
  7. What do you think the disciples thought when Jesus stepped into the boat and the wind and the waves became calm?
  8. What is one thing we learn about Jesus from this story?
  9. How do you think Jesus can save us when we are in trouble?
Work on this Cross Craft and hang it on your window to prepare for Easter!

Other Resources

Here is an article that may help you talk about the coronavirus with your kids: Coronavirus for Kids

Blogs/Online Resources

Parenting Blog: Parent Cue
MOPS Blog: Soul Care
MOPS Facebook Page: West Side MOPS
Parent Resources for Older Kids and Teens: Fuller Youth Institute

Books

Family Devotional: Jesus Calling
Sticky Faith Guide for your Family: Sticky Faith
Devotions for Parents: Sacred Parenting
Weekly, Guided Prayer for Kids: Imaginative Prayer

Bibles

NIV Adventure Bible (Elementary): Adventure
Jesus Storybook Bible (Early Childhood): Storybook

West Side KIDS Monthly eNewsletter

March 2020 | February 2020 | January 2020 | December 2019 | November 2019 | October 2019 | September 2019
Email Stacy to sign up for our parent newsletter that provides additional resources and information!

Nursery

Nursery Care
The care of your infants and young children is a vital part of our church ministry. Our nursery staff constantly strives to provide the care that will meet your children’s needs and allow parents to fully participate in worship and study. A nursery for babies through 2 year old children is available during both Sunday services as well as the Sunday School hour between services.

Parent Paging
We are pleased to have the Parent Seeker silent paging system which allows parents to focus on worship while eliminating separation anxiety. If an emergency arises, we immediately notify the parent.

Parents Room (during worship service)
The Neale Room, located directly behind the Sanctuary, is designated as a “Parents’ Room” to enable parents with young children to participate in our worship services while attending to the various needs of their children.
For more information contact Liz Bolling, Nursery Supervisor.

Children’s Sunday School Classes: September-June

Our children’s Sunday School offers classes for all ages beginning with 3 year olds each Sunday morning at 9:50am.
West Side has been committed to growing children through Christian Education since its beginning. Sunday school is a place where kids and leaders begin to KNOW our loving God, GROW in vibrant faith, and SHOW God’s love to others. We have adopted a dynamic ministry philosophy that empowers families to grow together spiritually. We desire to come alongside to inspire, equip and support parents through-out the week as we minister to their children on Sunday.

Kid's Worship Lab

In addition to Sunday School, West Side offers Kid’s Worship Lab for ages 3 to 2nd grade during the 10:45am service. This time is designed to help children understand what happens in the sanctuary on Sunday morning. Kids will have fun singing, playing games, and doing crafts all while learning about prayer, hymns, and other parts of the liturgy.

Date Night with a Purpose

March 27 - CANCELLED DUE TO VIRUS
May 1 - Stay tuned!

If you’re a couple with young children then Date Night is for you! During the school year, the last Friday of each month can be Date Night! Couples with children ages up to 5th grade are invited to leave their kids with us for a safe and fun evening while you get a few hours of quality connection time.

  • Childcare check-in is from 5:50-6:00pm
  • Childcare is $5 per child
  • Couples gather in Lewis Hall for fellowship and a brief discussion
  • At 6:30 couples head out on individual dates equipped with some optional discussion questions based on the group time
  • Childcare pick-up is at 9:00pm

Guide books: Making Happy by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott and 10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage.

Please register with Stacy Kutz for childcare by Tuesday before each Date Night.

Vacation Bible School

West Side has been always had a commitment to Vacation Bible School (VBS)! For decades, these  fun and dynamic 5 days have been a favorite event of the year! More than 200 kids, from Kindergarten-3rd grade join us from all over West Seattle and almost 100 adults and teens volunteer to make it a highlight of each Summer!

West Side VBS 2020

Help kids take up the gauntlet this summer!

Help Accept the challenge to “armor up” and be strong in the Lord while sharing God’s love in a world that needs it more than ever!

This year... Knights of the North Castle

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