The youth ministry at Westside has many events throughout the year. We'd love for you to participate in these events with us. Check out a brief description of some of the biggest events and email Pastor Tom Craig if you have any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mission Trip

During the summer our student ministry takes a trip somewhere in the United States to serve a local community and often a local church. Teens have to qualify to attend Mission Trip by serving throughout the year in our local community. Our 2017 trip was to Dilkon, Arizona working with the Navajo and Hopi Nations.


Recharge is our annual "back to school" retreat that takes place every July or August. Each year we take about 90 kids and sponsors to Iowa and spend a weekend worshiping God, playing games, and developing friendships. Spiritual formation is a key element to this retreat. Recharge is one of the biggest highlights of the year in our student ministry. You will want to come! Recharge dates for 2017 are August 3-6th.


Breakaway is a single-night Kansas City wide event of over 1,000 teens. Teens meet at College Church in Olathe for a worship service and then travel to different locations throughout the night (bowling, skating, arcades, and a huge gym have been some of the past events). The fun ends at 6am Saturday morning when everyone goes home tired! 

JR High Retreat

This retreat takes place on the church grounds normally in October and provides an opportunity for our junior high boys and girls to develop in their walk with God. This retreat will feature break-out sessions, games and fellowship. 

Winter Retreat

This retreat is only open to students in grades 9-12th and takes place at Three Trails retreat center in Independence, MO. This retreat works on Team building and strengthening relationships with our Youth group. This goal is accomplished by offering break-out group sessions, games, discussion groups and fellowship.

NYI Retreat

Those students and adults that are voted onto the NYI council are eligible to attend this retest. The NYI council will spend time discussing the effectiveness of current Youth activities and committees and determine what changes, additions or improvements need to be implemented. Through planning sessions the council will look at the MINISTRY, SERVICE, and DISCIPLESHIP aspects of our youth group and work at improving how we reach our church you and outreach to our community. 2017 dates for this retreat are September 29-October 1.


Max is a regional competition where teens from different districts, including the Kansas City District use their talents in friendly competition. The areas of competition are too vast to list here, but here's a sampling: basketball, football, dodge ball, skateboarding, table tennis, instrumental, vocal, drawing, writing, and many more.

MAX occur each year in early Spring. Dates for 2017 are April 20-22nd.

Summer Camps

Each summer provides the opportunity for teens to go to camp with hundreds of other teens from the Kansas City area.

Dates for 2017 are July 17-21st for 8-12th grade and July 10-14 for grades 5,6,7. You need to go to the KC District website to register!

Get In Touch

  • 1700 W Santa Fe St
  • Olathe, KS 66061
  • 913-764-1445
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