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., you don’t want to miss out on the action. Check out our calendar for what’s next!

Youth Scholarships Available

There are two types of scholarships available to would-be college students from West Side:

Virginia and Barrie Rice Memorial Scholarship

To be considered for the Virginia and Barrie Rice Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must be a full-time student at a four-year evangelical Christian college, graduate school or theological seminary, and must be a member active in the life of the church, or a young person active in the youth program.  

Harvey Morey Memorial Bible School Scholarship

The Harvey Morey Memorial Bible School Scholarship is provided to those who would like to have the thorough grounding of a Bible school education. Any member of West Side or young person actively involved in the youth program, any missionary we sponsor or child of said missionary is eligible to apply.
Completed application and supporting materials are due in to West Side Presbyterian Church office by May 2, 2024 (1:00pm). If you prefer to submit your completed application and support materials via mail, the package must be postmarked by May 1, 2024.

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.

Student Worship Team: CATALYST

Join our student worship team – CATALYST under the direction of Sean McMonigle. Beyond rehearsing, having a blast playing music together and leading worship on Sunday evenings, the team will be learning about what true worship is in the eyes of the Father. The worship team will be in essence a discipleship group (dGroup) growing together as they explore the book “Pure Praise (Revised): A Heart-Focused Bible Study on Worship.”

When Sean was asked about the name Catalyst, he said he chose it “because that’s how I see music in the realm of worship. For people like myself who love music and are wired that way, music is a major catalyst in how I worship. But it is not worship in its own right.”

Isaiah 25:1 is the team’s theme verse: “Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name.”

 Contact Chris for more information.

Confirmation

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 covers the Biblical narrative, Christian theology, Presbyterian Polity, and what it means to be The Church.

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.

Annual Retreats

Winter Retreat

TBD

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

May 24-27, 2024

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!

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