Everyone and anyone who is in grades 9-12 is warmly welcomed to join us for a time of discipleship, friendship, service projects, and friendship. At Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, we understand that high school is a world of its own. It’s a place like no other where teens can be given freedoms to explore the world, their talents, and God in ways that the rest of the world can’t. It can also be a demoralizing system full of bullying, belittlement, and pressure. That’s why we at PCWS believe in creating a safe environment that encourages youth to disconnect from technology. There are many different ways to be involved:
Youth Nights: Sunday nights at Presbyterian Church of Western Springs is a time where High School aged youth come together and talk about important issues. Starting with snacks and drinks, we come together to study the Bible, struggle with hard topics, and discuss ideas that are relevant. These nights help youth to gain in understanding of their God, their community, and of whom they are called to be. Evenings typically start at 7pm and last until about 8:30 on Sunday nights. We welcome all from 9th -12th grade to attend and explore deeper, more meaningful conversations with us!
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.
Chill Events: The ideas behind these events is to fight two major issues going on with teens today: stress and boredom. The solution to both of these issues is community. Cultivating friendships in an environment where we don’t have to face the pressures and standards that a high school environment can demand. We encourage our youth to be themselves and embrace their goofy side. These events will often take place in and around the community. We do a variety of events from downhill skiing, to whirly ball, to indoor sky-diving. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend these totally drug free, safe, and relaxed events.
Please feel free to reach out to our Youth Leader, Candice Mares for more information.