Middle School is filled with homework, hormones, stress, adventure, fun sports, bad teachers, amazing teachers, messy lockers, lost homework, pimples, new ideas, the best years of your life, and sometimes the worst years of your life. We here at the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs believe that faith really matters in middle school. We believe God is deeply present throughout those years: working in, dwelling in, and changing the hearts of all our children. We welcome all to participate in a few different ways:
Youth Nights: These nights will take place on Sundays from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Youth nights always begin with food and transition into a time discussion that plant the seeds of faith needed to begin the walk with God. We strive to help youth become prepared for a life where they desire to be disciples of God. In our discussions we will have a relaxed atmosphere dedicated to a safe, thoughtful, and imaginative setting where our youth are encouraged to participate and become engaged in culturally relevant topics. Each week we will take these topics and see how God calls us through the Bible to respond to events that occur and what it means for us as middle school aged youth. For a complete schedule of our activities, please check out the church’s calendar.
Service: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1
God calls us to serve as a response of the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross. We believe that one of the most tangible ways for our children to see God working in our world is through serving others. In light of this truth, we spend one Sunday afternoon a month in service of the kingdom. We will spend time collecting items for the less fortunate, cleaning our community, and working fundraisers to help cover costs at food pantries in the Chicagoland.
Formation: Middle school youth are constantly striving to know more, whether it be in sports, video games, fun, an instrument, or different school topics. At PCWS, we strive to focus this energy and curiosity into a time where we begin forming what it means and looks like to be a Christian. We look and talk about examples given to us in the Bible. During our time together we strive to take what we read in the Bible and apply to our everyday lives so that we can begin to take our faith journey and make it our own.
Please feel free to reach out to our Youth Leader, Candice Mares.