Westkirk Presbyterian Church Student Ministries (WPCSM) exists TO KNOW CHRIST AND MAKE HIM KNOWN among junior and senior high students here at Westkirk, in the Des Moines metro area, and beyond. We seek to fulfill our mission by enfolding non-believing students, encouraging students with Christian relationships, equipping them in their faith, and unleashing them into the world in order to exalt God with their lives.
As a ministry, we take as our theme verse…
1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)
"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us."
The WPCSM team, led by Pastor Brandon Mick, desires to “share life” with students and their families. This “shared life” provides a ground in which, partnering with parents and families, we can go about the work of planting and watering the seed of faith in students. At the same time, it is the vantage point from which we can watch as the Lord, Himself, causes it to grow!
We believe that the Lord uses the Holy Spirit to convict and transform the lives of students. He has chosen to use the local church in this process. Therefore we believe it is important for students to “share life” not only with parents and WPCSM leaders, but with the church itself. We encourage this through expecting students to worship regularly, in providing opportunities for inter-generational involvement, and allowing students to testify to God’s work in their lives. In this manner, students not only benefit from being members of Westkirk Presbyterian Church, but are also a benefit to the rest of the congregation.
Sunday School - 10:15–11:00 AM
Westminster Shorter Catechism Class
Location: Student Classroom (downstairs)
Led by Elder Trent Vis
Location: Student Center (downstairs)
Led by Pastor Brandon Mick
WPCSM @ W.O.W. - 6:15-7:45 PM
Our Junior and Senior High students meet together on Wednesday evenings for games, fellowship, teaching, and discussion. This semester, we’ll be digging into more of what it means to be Reformed Christians, by examining the Doctrines of Grace. While these doctrines don’t explain, in full, what it means to be Reformed, they will no doubt set students off on the right foot by helping them to understand that the salvation God offers to us in Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit is grace or gift in its entirety. With these 5 doctrines as our guide, we’ll dig into the Scriptures to see how our gracious and sovereign God works to save lost sinners.
Volunteer Leaders: Amy Stadtlander, Kyra Stadtlander, Styles Stadtlander, & Tyler York
Westkirk Student Ministries desires to assist students in putting their faith into practice in the area of serving. One Wednesday most months are spent serving. Most often we can be found serving dinner to the elementary-aged kids at Freedom for Youth.
Each year in the fall, WPCSM seeks to provide an opportunity for our students to get away from their busy lives to spend time with their Heavenly Father and with one another. We take a weekend and retreat for a couple of days of prayer, worship, and study… and of course plenty of food and fun!
More info on the Fall Retreat will be coming soon!