We know it’s not always easy to walk into something new. Whether you’ve never gone to church before or you’re a lifelong follower of Jesus, you are welcome here. This is a place where you can come as you are to find friends, hope and a way to live that feels like real life.
Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help make a visit to West Side Church a little bit easier.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re planning to come to one of our worship services on Sunday mornings, “Kids Check-In” opens at 8:45am and our contemporary service begins at 9:00am. Our traditional service starts at 11:00am. We suggest arriving a bit earlier to find a parking space, be welcomed, and make your way into worship.
It’s hard to give an exact time, as our song and sermon lengths can vary from week to week, but our services generally last 70 to 80 minutes, however we’d love you to stick around longer for a coffee so we can get to know you (and so you can get to know us!)
Our pastors teach from the Bible. We usually teach in series, where the talks build on one another through out the series. Sometimes these series are built around significant life topics and other times we work through a specific book of the Bible. You can expect to hear the Bible read, explained, and a compelling call to live into the goodness, truth, and beauty of what it says.
Absolutely! We have many families attending West Side Church. While parents are always welcome to keep their children with them throughout the worship service, we have exciting ministries for children of all ages to provide a safe, fun and engaging environment where kids can be rooted and encourage their relationship with Jesus.
Unsure where to take your children when you arrive? Just look for a Hospitality Team member or someone wearing a blue West Side Children’s Ministry shirt – they’ll be able to assist you through the Check-in process.
We have childcare for two and under that opens at 8:45am. Our childcare workers are screened and trained to give the best care possible to your young ones. You are welcome to leave your child with them (we’ll give you a pager if your child needs you). In the contemporary services there is a special room where parents can care for their infants and participate in the worship service.
Each Sunday morning Holy Word Studios (our kid’s ministry area) opens at 8:45am and runs for the duration of our Contemporary service.
Middle School and High School students have a similar opportunity during the 11am Traditional service to gather with peers and trained learned leaders to laugh, connect, and grow together.
Again, absolutely! We seek to create compelling worship experiences that will engage teens and adults in our main services. During the 11am Traditional service, we also provide the opportunity for Middle School and High School students to gather with their peers and adult leaders to laugh, connect, and grow together.
Wear what you like. There’s no spoken or unspoken dress code. There’s no right or wrong. What matters to God and to us is that you are here.
Here are some things to think about as you make that decision:
- Time: Are you an early riser? You might like the early option at 9:00 am. Do you like to start your Sunday kind of slow, or is it just hard to get the kids out of the house early on the weekend? Then the 11:00 am might be the right fit.
- Style: Casual and contemporary? Try the 9:00 am service in the South Building (2-story building). Classical and liturgical? Try our traditional service at 11:00 am in the Main Building (single-story building).
- Children: We have childcare available for infants through kindergarten during the 9:00 am worship service, cry rooms if you want to hold onto your little ones during the service, Sunday morning programs for kids through grade 5 at 9:00 am and MS and HS at 11:00 am, and kids are always welcome in worship.