FEARLESS UPDATES


Check back often to learn how God is working through our Bold Compassion, Bold Discipleship and Bold Growth initiatives.

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BOLD COMPASSION


Unleashing a fresh wave of help and hope through our local and global mission partners.

Encouragement Parade

On May 22, we participated in a themed parade for our local mission partners and friends with special needs. Since the shutdown began, we’ve been unable to serve our friends...

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Cards for Care Facilities

1580 cards were dropped off at local care facilities on May 14! Residents were unable to visit their friends and loved ones for weeks during the coronavirus pandemic. These notes...

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Mayday

On May 1, Westsiders delivered 350 bouquets and invites to TCO and 250 care packages for senior adults throughout the Springfield area! These flowers acted as a reminder that there...

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Beds for Washington Street Mission

Springfield’s homeless communities were hit hard by the pandemic. When we learned Washington Street Mission’s Transitional House was in need of beds, we couldn’t let the need go unmet. Purchasing...

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Food Drive #2

More than six weeks into the shutdown, the need for food persisted, so we hosted a porch pick up food drive to help feed those who could use a hand...

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Donut Day

On April 8, over 400 DOZEN donuts were delivered throughout Springfield and surrounding areas, along with an invitation to Easter at West Side. What a fun way to invite others...

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Connection Card Gifts

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic we made additional financial donations to our mission partners for each person who completed a Connection Card for the first time on Sunday mornings. This effort...

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Food Drive #1

Westsiders quickly mobilized to donate and prepare over 300 boxes of food for families in our community. Every box was delivered by local educators and principals, bringing help and hope...

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Mission Partners

Because of the collective generosity of Westsiders in this season, we released additional gifts to Missions of Hope International (Kenya), My Hope Christian Mission (Myanmar), and Central India Christian Mission....

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$10,000 for Winter Gear

The FEARLESS generosity of Westsiders enabled us to make a $10,000 gift in December of 2019 to local organizations that serve the under-resourced to purchase winter coats, hats, and more....

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Big Giveaway

We shined a light on some of the tremendous kingdom work being done by our local and global mission partners in December of 2019 by sending some extra financial support...

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New England Mission Trip

A group of Westsiders traveled to New England to serve alongside Restoration House Ministries, a church planting organization serving the New England area. The group completed painting and light...

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Serve Springfield

Hundreds of Westsiders served alongside ten local organizations, bringing a wave of help and hope through painting, landscaping, cleaning, organizing and more. Serving sites included Contact Ministries, Harvard park, Helping...

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Dominican Republic Mission Trip

In partnership with Christian Dominican Medical Mission, this group of Westsiders served in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in August of 2019. The team assisted Dominican churches by hosting VBS events,...

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ST. LOUIS MISSION TRIP

From June 12-15, West Side junior high and high school students served alongside Love The Lou and Oasis International (both non-profit ministries based in St. Louis, MO) to bring the...

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KENYA MISSION TRIP 2019

From June 5-15, a team of 28 Westsiders shared the love of Jesus with those living in the Mathare Valley. While in Kenya, they served alongside our mission partners...

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NIGHT OF STARS

April 12 was one for the books! Our friends with special needs walked the red carpet and enjoyed a night of dancing, food, photos and “royal treatment.” Thanks to all...

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Central India Christian Mission

1.4 billion people live in India, but only about 4% have a growing relationship with Jesus. On Easter Sunday, Central India Christian Mission (one of West Side’s strategic ministry partners)...

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Sri Lanka Disaster Relief

On Easter Sunday (April 21), three Christian churches in Sri Lanka and several hotels in the capital city of Colombo were targeted in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks, resulting...

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Myanmar Hope Christian Mission

In December, funds were sent to construct a new prison ministry in Myanmar with construction scheduled for completion in June! In this region of the world, family members often travel...

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BOLD DISCIPLESHIP


Fueling West Side’s ongoing ministry to kids, students and adults.

Coronavirus Baptisms

Coronavirus did not stop God from changing lives! In fact, many are still placing their trust in him through baptism during these uncertain times. We have had 218 Baptisms December...

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JHM Impact

West Side’s students made an impact during the stay-at-home order! In a season where teens could easily justify boredom and discontent, these students decided to flip the script and bring...

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Online Groups

We quickly learned that even small groups were unable to meet during the shelter-in-place season. Many of our Rooted Groups and Small Groups soon realized they could remain connected through...

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Kids & Students Worship Online

Parents took the lead on providing kids church at home using resources provided by West Side’s kids and student staff. Even while apart, Westsiders have participated in age-specific worship activities...

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HSM on Zoom & Instagram

Over a hundred high school students and their leaders joined together on Zoom for “HSM Online.” During the pandemic, these students also shared inspiration through daily devotions on Instagram. In...

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Rooted

In January 2020, nearly a hundred Westsiders committed to growing in their connection to God, the church, and their purpose through the Rooted experience. Groups shared their stories, stepped out...

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Big Give Sunday

Big Give Sunday in 2018 and 2019 were lead opportunities to give toward Fearless. Westsiders, your incredible generosity not only enabled us to move forward quickly on construction, but also...

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204 Baptisms December 2018 – December 2019

From December 2018 to December 2019, we've gotten to participate in 204 baptisms! God has given us the task of telling EVERYONE what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God...

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Rooted

In November of 2019, we celebrated our fall session of Rooted, a 10-week discipleship experience. We also recognized a significant milestone - we've had over 1,000 people experience Rooted at...

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Baptism Day 2019

SEVENTY-NINE people went all-in with Jesus on Baptism Day at West Side, one of our favorite days of the year.

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RightNow Media

Beginning September 1, 2019, over 20,000 Bible studies and resources were made available for free to EVERY Westsider. If you don’t have a RightNow Media account yet, visit wschurch.org/RNM

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CIY Mix

On July 29, 6th-8th graders from West Side began the BEST week of their summer at CIY Mix! What’s better than blacklight dodgeball, amazing food, zip lines, giant water slides,...

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KATHERINE WOLF

Suffering. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when.” It’s inevitable. For ALL of us. Fortunately, STRENGTH can be found in the midst of SUFFERING. On Mother’s Day, Katherine Wolf...

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LUKE & ALLISON’S STORY

For Luke and Allison, West Side has been a consistent place of belonging during life’s highs and lows. Though they’ve given regularly, their tithe began to feel like any other...

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ROOTED

Rooted is a 10-week experience designed to catalyze life transformation. In January 2019, nearly 200 Westsiders participated in Rooted for the first time.

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CIY MOVE

Over 200 students from West Side experienced the BEST week of their summer at CIY MOVE, a 5-day event for high schoolers designed to amplify the call of Christ on...

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Kids & Students

In February, 255 kids and students attended Believe and Superstart, high-energy weekend events designed to help the next generation grow in their relationships with God, friends and caring adult leaders....

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BOLD GROWTH


Expanding our campus to make room for EVERYONE who does not yet know the love, hope and freedom of Jesus Christ.

The Connector

Thanks to the continued generosity of Westsiders, construction on the exterior portion of the final segment of our new building began on June 1. We nicknamed this section “the connector”...

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New Worship Center

In February 2020, walls of our new Worship Center were erected in a week’s time. While construction slowed during the shutdown, the roof was completed in May. We’re confident God...

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Construction of Phase 2

Construction on West Side’s new worship center, café and additional concourse space began on December 16, 2019. With God’s help, our goal is for West Side to impact 10,000 people...

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Main Entrance Grand Opening

The new Main Entrance at West Side opened on Sunday, December 15, with the Multi-Purpose Room and Kids Wing following soon after!

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Construction Update September 30

Construction on West Side’s new kids wing and concourse addition kicked off on March 4. This space will include over 12,000 sq ft of additional children’s worship & activity space,...

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE JULY 1

The foundation is complete and the construction of steel beams has begun on the new kid’s wing and main entrance at West Side! Join us as we continue to boldly...

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE JUNE 3

Even as buckets of rain have poured on Central Illinois, construction crews have stayed hard at work on West Side’s campus. You can now see the walls of the expanded...

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CONSTRUCTION BEGAN MARCH 4

Construction on West Side’s new kids wing and concourse addition kicked off on March 4. This space will include over 12,000 sq ft of additional children’s worship & activity...

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