Posts with the category “youth”

Meet Jovie, Our Summer Youth Intern
by Noël Foulk on June 20th, 2024
My name is Jovie Webbeking and I’m excited to announce that I will be the Youth Summer Intern here at West Side! I wanted to introduce myself so you could get to know me a little bit better.A favorite Summer activity of mine is going to the beach with a good book for the afternoon. I also enjoy taking the time to be a tourist of Seattle, whether it be having a picnic at the UW arboretum or getting...  Read More
Young Life Club Dates
by Noël Foulk on February 7th, 2024
Hello West Seattle Community!We have our club dates scheduled for the remainder of the school year! All meetings will be from 7:15-8:25 pm at Trinity West Seattle (7551 35th Ave SW, Seattle 98126).Themes/changes for these clubs will be sent in a reminder email before the club. For the quickest information look to our insta page @westseattleyounglifeWe hope to provide a meal, fun and games, and a m...  Read More
Changes in Youth and Children's Leadership and Introducing the Youth Apprentice Team
by Noël Foulk on January 26th, 2024
Youth and children’s ministries are important aspects of our ministry at WSPC and we feel confident in God’s work among youth and children and our calling to teach and model a life changing relationship with Christ.WSPC has always been blessed to have great staff and volunteers leading these ministries.  Over the past several years, Stacy Kutz has done a great job as Youth and Families Director, a...  Read More
Reverse Advent Calendar
by Noël Foulk on November 30th, 2023
Often an Advent calendar is used to count down the days until Christmas by opening a box and discovering an ornament or something that helps you focus on the Advent journey. A reverse Advent calendar focuses on giving something instead of receiving – a Christ centered idea indeed – since Christmas is all about God giving himself to us as a baby.The idea behind a reverse Advent calendar is simple. ...  Read More
Internship with Kids Alive International
by Noël Foulk on November 17th, 2023
Interns provide a critical boost to the ministry of Kids Alive International as they work with KAI missionaries and staff to multiply their efforts. Cooper will assist in team hosting roles in Caraballo, Constanza and Santo Domingo East when visiting work groups are present (like our adult DR team!). He will also assist with afterschool sports programs at the Constanza school helping with logistic...  Read More
Calling All Moms of Teens
by Noël Foulk on October 5th, 2023
Parenting kids into adults through middle school, puberty, and high school demands a whole new level of motherhood. Our kids are changing. We are changing. What worked before doesn't work anymore. The decisions they make have real consequences. It's painful to see them differentiate. It's amazing to see them grow. It's all overwhelming. Gain connection and support alongside other Moms of Teens wit...  Read More
Where were you on Memorial Weekend in 1979?
by Noël Foulk on May 18th, 2023
By Stacy Kutz, Families and Youth Director Where were you on Memorial Day Weekend, 1979? For many of our longtime members they were attending West Side’s first MDR at Ramblewood Retreat Center in Sequim.  Take a look at this photo and see if you can pick out... Paul Aronson, Bill Batts, Dan Kutz, Sheree Porter, Scott Porter, Jeff Ernst, Larry Burke, Kim Chamberlain, Jenni Batts, Ken McLaughlin and...  Read More
Confirmation Class is Back!
by Noël Foulk on February 24th, 2023
By Stacy KutzFamilies and Youth Director Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm, March 1 through April 12Confirmation Sunday, May 21 After a COVID hiatus, we are excited to offer a Confirmation Class for youth once again this year! The GOAL of confirmation is for youth to be rooted and grounded in their faith in Jesus Christ. Our desire is for them to have a language of faith and be able to articulate and claim...  Read More
A Prayer for Tired Moms
by Stacy Kutz on December 1st, 2020
Why didn’t anyone warn us that parenting was so tough before we had children?It can be downright exhausting. All stages of motherhood bring their own level of weariness.The infant and toddler stage is physically exhausting. The school-age stage is mentally exhausting, and the adolescent and teen years are emotionally exhausting. I think we need to remind ourselves that motherhood will not look per...  Read More
What are my kids learning anyways?!
by Stacy Kutz on November 3rd, 2020
I wanted to give you an update as to what your students are learning during our small group meetings. I currently have four girl’s groups that are following a seven-week overview of Scripture; two groups are exploring Genesis, and one group that just started looking at Ephesians. Following you will find information on all the studies. Seamless covers the people, places, and promises of the Bible, ...  Read More
A Fall to Look Forward To
by Stacy Kutz on November 3rd, 2020
Ah, fall... A season of football, crisp air, and pumpkin-flavored everything. This season always brings a feeling of togetherness and warmth, but like so many things this year, November may be a little different.While uncertainty still looms like a dark shadow, there are some things you can do to make this fall not just something to get through, but something to actually look forward to. This mont...  Read More
One Thing I Used to Say to My Kids All the Time
by Stacy Kutz on October 1st, 2020
(Okay…as I’m sure you can imagine, I used to say a lot of things… and I still do! As I look back, I realize that I think I often added onto the stress my kids felt rather than helping them navigate through the ups and downs of being a teen, so take this advice in stride!)Being a teenager is not easy. There’s peer pressure like they’ve never experienced before.Suddenly, sitting at the right table a...  Read More
What I've Learned Over the Past Six Months
by Stacy Kutz on October 1st, 2020
For months I have been receiving phone calls, emails, and texts from parents and youth inquiring about what our youth ministry might look like in the upcoming fall season. All are asking important questions about what we can do with the teens in our midst while still living within the reality of the pandemic. Perhaps you have been wondering about this as well.Most students I talk to are hoping tha...  Read More
Red Light, Green Light
by Stacy Kutz on September 3rd, 2020
Have you ever played red light, green light with a group of kids? I love playing this game! During COVID-19 however, I feel like somebody keeps shouting “red light”, “red light”, “red light!”I’m ready to move, and I’m waiting for a green light. And then I hear the words “red light” again. Like many of you, trying to navigate this season has not only been hard, but also frustrating. We all need enc...  Read More
Where were you when?
by Stacy Kutz on July 7th, 2020
There are moments in our lives that mark our place in history, and we ask ourselves this question – where were you when? Where were you when the Berlin Wall fell? Or when Mt. St. Helens erupted? Or when John Lennon was shot? Or when the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff? Where were you when 9/11 happened? Where were you when.Sometimes this question is more personal. I distinc...  Read More
Devotions for March 31
by Laurie Brenner on March 31st, 2020
Today's devotion is written by Stacy Kutz, who sent it to our High School and College Students and shares it today with all of us:March Madness: CancelledDisneyland: ClosedClasses: Online or cancelledTravel to Overseas: SuspendedWorship: LivestreamedCancelled. Closed. Online. Suspended. Livestreamed. Is anyone else tired of hearing these words?It’s inevitable that you are a victim of cancelled eve...  Read More
Parenting for the Long Run - or Swim?!!
by Laurie Brenner on March 1st, 2020
By Stacy KutzYouth and Young Adult Minister For many years my son Joshua swam on a club swim team. His best event was the 100 yard (or meter) backstroke. This was a sprint. He would jump in the water, hands on the starting block, mentally preparing for the race ahead. When the starting gun went off, he poured every ounce of energy into racing the four laps ahead of him, and within seconds, the rac...  Read More