Youth

Under the direction of Pastor Penny Hogan, our associate pastor for Family Life, education and fellowship opportunities for children and teens both nurture and support the next generation. At a time in their lives when there is so much change and transformation, young people in middle and high school can find a steadying and calming influence in these youth group programs.

 Middle School Youth Group

Middle schoolers in grades 6-8 meet monthly at our Youth Barn on Sundays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm for games, fun, discussion, faith exploration, service and fellowship. Getting to know others in the same age group fosters friendships and spiritual growth.
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Camp Johnsonburg

The Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) runs this youth camp, which is accredited by the American Camp Association. Ages 6-14 spend a week each summer at Camp Johnsonburg. While enjoying swimming, canoeing, archery, rope lines, and other outdoor activities, campers have the chance to learn about, discuss, and deepen their faith.
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Appalachia Service Project

Middle schoolers use their winter vacation to travel to West Virginia to do service work in Appalachia. Past projects have included repairing roofs and building a wheelchair ramp. Secondary benefits include widening perspective by developing friendships with people who live in a poverty-stricken part of the country.
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FOCUS Confirmation Class

Finding Ourselves in Christ through Unity and Service (FOCUS) is the 8th grade confirmation class. As a weekly commitment on Sundays from October through May, FOCUS is designed to help 8th graders explore their personal faith and prepare them to make the most important decision of their lives: to commit to Jesus as Lord and Savior and to enter fully into the life and membership of West Side.
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High School Youth Group

Youth in grades 9-12 meet every Sunday night for fun, faith and fellowship at our Youth Barn. Sample programs: bowling, barbecues, ice skating, miniature golf, scavenger hunts, trips for ice cream, serving at Eva's Kitchen. It’s a great way to recharge for the school week and to get to know other teens. Join the group from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, with optional hangout until 8:00 pm.
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