Kids and Teens

Our goal is to help our children become true disciples of Jesus Christ by building relationships with them, being examples for them and teaching them God’s Word.

Sunday School

Orange, our vibrant Sunday School strategy for preschool through 7th grade, combines the light of the church (yellow) with the heart of the family (red) to form a lifelong faith in Christ (orange). Each month has a theme—kindness, love—that is carried through with easy lessons to do at home. There’s even an app (Parent Cue) that you can use on the go! The result? Home + Church = Greater Impact. 

In Person Sunday School takes place at 9:00 am, Virtual Sunday School at 10:30 am.
Click here to register for In Person Sunday School. 
Click here to receive the Zoom link for Virtual Sunday School. 

Family Pray and Play

On Sundays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, starting up again in the fall, toddlers through Pre-K kids can enjoy supervised playground time while children in kindergarten through 5th grade can ride their bikes or scooters together in the parking lot. (Weather permitting.) And YOU can bring a chair and spend an hour connecting with other parents. Every week, Family Play and Pray opens in prayer. 

Kids Club + Music

Crafts, games, Bible stories, music - it all adds up to 90 minutes of faith-based fun for K-8th kids every Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30 pm from September through June. Click here to sign up. 

A Day at Camp Johnsonburg

On July 14 we're headed to Camp Johnsonburg for a full day of fun activities (boating, canoeing, swimming, paddle boarding, archery, arts and crafts, etc.) and faith formation! It's a wonderful opportunity for children ages 6 to 11 to experience the excitement and energy of summer camp without the overnight factor. Hours: 8:15 am to 5:00 pm. Cost: $25 per child. Lunch and transportation are included. For more details, reach out to Christine Park. 

Summer Choir School 

Our 49th Annual Summer Choir School is happening in person - August 16 to 20, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm - for children who are currently in grades 2 through 8. This fun summer experience combines joyful music with faith formation, community and a choice of activities like handbells, Orff instruments, and sports and games. Cost: $45 for the first child, $35 for each additional child in the family. Due to social distancing, the number of participants is limited. Click here to register and secure your child's spot! Please note: Masks are required. 

Little Learners Music Camp

Children entering K-2nd grade are invited to have some summer fun - singing, Bible stories, crafts and more - August 16 to 20, 8:30 to 10:00 am. Cost: $20 per child. Due to social distancing, the number of participants is limited. Click here to register and secure your child's spot! Please note: Masks are required. 

Confirmation Class

Once a week from October through May, eighth graders meet with Pastor Penny for our FOCUS (Finding Ourselves in Christ through Unity and Service) Confirmation Class. Together, the teens explore their personal faith, delve deeper into what it means to be a Christian, participate in meaningful service projects, and prepare to publicly profess their faith and become "official" members of West Side. Along the way, bonds are formed and lasting friendships are built. Email Pastor Penny for more information.

Middle School Youth Group

Does your middle schooler like to play Among Us? Our 6th and 7th graders meet online twice a month - the first Tuesday and third Wednesday at 5:30 pm - for an hour of fun and connection through this super popular game. Email Pastor Penny for the Zoom link.

High School Youth Group

Every Sunday at 7:30 pm, high schoolers get together for a low-key hour of fun and faith formation with Pastor Penny. It’s a great opportunity for youth to escape the stress of school, be themselves and meet new people. Email Pastor Penny for more information. 

West Side Nursery School

For more than 50 years, West Side Nursery School has provided families in Ridgewood and surrounding communities with a warm and caring play-based environment for children (ages 2 1/2 to 6) to learn and grow, while fostering self-esteem, respect for others, strong interpersonal skills and a lifelong love of learning. Schedule a tour! 

Please note: West Side is committed to being a safe church - free from abuse of any kind. All staff, leadership and volunteers who participate in programs with children and youth must complete Safe Church training every year and abide by a strict Code of Conduct.