"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
Love and strengthen your family: West Side’s value-centered programs surround parents and children with that vital sense of community so needed in everyone’s lives.
- Be a part of our growing family ministry as you find and build new relationships.
- Reinforce your family’s values at West Side, a safe space for young families to meet at small and large gatherings.
Children & Parents
West Side offers a variety of programs for children and their parents to participate in together. There are seasonal events like “Trunk or Treat” and the annual Easter Egg Hunt, just to name a few. But we also recognize the need for young parents to get away every once in a while, to interact with other adults. Therefore, some of our programs are purely social, while others might have an educational side to them. But they are all a part of West Side Family Life.
Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is a church tradition. It typically takes place on Palm Sunday, and all children are invited to participate.
Trunk or Treat
Toddlers through second graders are invited to trick-or-treat in costume in the West Side parking lot, typically the Saturday before Halloween. Children will go around to each car to Trunk-or-Treat. This is a safe and fun trick-or-treating alternative that includes pumpkin decorating, cider and donuts too. West Siders decorate cars and provide candy for the trunk-or-treaters. Join the fun and bring a friend!
Each year, West Side Presbyterian Church presents Bibles to all of our second grade children on Bible Sunday, as they begin what we hope will be a lifetime of study. If your child comes to our church after this annual event in the fall, please contact the church office for a Bible.
Family Worship Sundays
On Family Worship Sundays (generally the first Sunday of each month), our children’s and youth choirs sing during the 10:00 a.m. service. All Sunday School children who are not involved in a choir are invited to sit together with their Sunday School classes in the first few rows on the right hand side of the sanctuary (looking at the chancel), where they are able to see and participate in worship. There are no separate Sunday School classes on these Sundays.
If your child chooses to remain with you on Family Worship Sundays, please help your child follow along in the bulletin and during the hymns. Children will feel more comfortable participating if they know what is happening in the worship service.
Middle and high school years can be especially difficult and sometimes painful. Fitting in and feeling welcomed by one’s peers can make a huge difference in the way a young person adjusts to the world and deals with life issues. At West Side, we make a point of reaching out to our youth, giving them safe places to hang out, to fit in, to be welcomed. At the same time, we see these times as opportunities to teach our kids what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.
High School BARN: Sunday, 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm at the Barn
If you’re in high school, join us on Sunday nights for fun, fellowship and faith exploration. If you’d like to come for dinner, join the Foundation worshiping community at 6:15 pm in DePhillips Hall for a meal before youth group.
Montreat & Triennium Outings
Every three years, thousands of Presbyterian youth from all over the country and the world gather for an amazing week of fun, worship, making friends, Bible study, play, rest and other adventures. In July 2016 a group of West Siders made the trip to the campus of Purdue University in Indiana. It was a trip no one will ever forget…ever!
On the non-Triennium years, West Side High Schoolers regularly make the trip down to Montreat, in North Carolina for a regional Presbyterian Youth meeting. While not as big as Triennium, this gathering also produces memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Rest assured, the kids at West Side don’t have all the fun. There are plenty of activities for adults as well. If you have performance skills, you might be interested in a talent show, or a cabaret, or possibly a part in a Hillside Players stage production. Maybe you’re a ball player…West Side’s softball team, The Jammers, play in the Ridgewood Church Softball League. Of course, if your preference is for less energetic activities, you may enjoy a cruise on the Hudson, a trip to a play, or a high tea!
Jammers: The regular softball season runs from the end of April through July, with playoffs in early August. Interested in playing? Contact team manager, Paul Nuti, for more information.