Frequently asked questions about West Shore

We’re so glad to have you here. We know that coming to a new church can be both exciting and overwhelming. In hopes of making your transition in to West Shore “culture” a smooth one, we’ve created this page to help clarify some of the commonly used phrases.

If you need additional clarification, please call the church office at (717) 697-0226 OR explore other areas of this website.
To what are people referring when they say “West Shore?”
West Shore is an abbreviated form of West Shore Evangelical Free Church. It’s easier than saying the whole name, and not as hard to say as WSEFC, although WSEFC is often used.

Does the church provide services for those with special needs?
Begun in 1984, the A-Team is the church’s ministry to people with cognitive and multiple disabilities. It was called the A-Team by its original members, a name that in many ways reflects the group’s ability to triumph in the midst of life’s challenges, just like their TV namesake. It meets Sundays at 9:00 AM. For information contact Dave Zimmerman . Sign language interpreters are available; please contact the church office for details.

What is What’s Happening?
It is a weekly information bulleting, handed out by the ushers upon entering the worship service each week. What’s Happening is also available in email format upon your request to the church office. It is our primary way of communicating the activities and opportunities in the upcoming weeks.

What is the Connections Class?
Connections Class is a series of 5 weekly sessions designed to help you “connect” with the church and people of West Shore. It is offered approximately three times a year with each class in the series addresses a different topic about our church, its mission, and its ministries. You are invited to stop in any week and connect with us! Watch What’s Happening for upcoming dates and location OR stop by the Information Kiosk in the main lobby.

What is a Kiosks?
Welcome and Information Kiosks are located in the upper level main lobby where guests and church family alike can seek answers to their general questions, get a building map, pick up offering envelopes and obtain other helpful information from the volunteer staff.

Is Coffee Central a place to get coffee? I certainly hope so!
Yes it is! Enjoy fresh coffee, tea or seasonal drink at COFFEE CENTRAL. Located to the left of the auditorium upstairs, Coffee Central is open Sunday mornings and also for special events.

What is the Caring Closet?
The Caring Closet is no longer available.  Please contact New Hope Ministries for assistance. For clothing needs please visit Community Aid in Mechanicsburg.

What are LifeGroups?
LifeGroups at West Shore are the primary place to belong and be known. LifeGroups are comprised of 6 – 10 people who desire to grow together in a deeper relationship with Christ, who commit to meet together regularly to study and apply God’s Word. New LifeGroups are formed every few months and are publicized in What’s Happening.  Contact Darva Kinney for details.

Awesome Adventure? Is that an outdoor activity?
It is our wonderful children’s ministry! It is called Awesome Adventure because we believe this term accurately captures what the ministry strives to do – show children what an awesome adventure it is to follow God! Awesome Adventure incorporates infants through 6th graders. Contact Pastor Terry Allison for all the details.

What is that fun-looking Tiki Hut all about?
The Tiki Hut is the main Awesome Adventure information desk and is located on the lower level. The Tiki Hut does indeed look like a tiki hut, an integral part of the children’s ministry’s jungle theme. You’ll find the jungle theme carried out throughout the children’s areas, designed to create a fun and inviting atmosphere for all children.

Tell me about your Vacation Bible School (VBS).
This is a kids’ week-long church event. Held in the evening Monday through Friday, one week during the summer, VBS is a time when kids and their friends are invited to enjoy games, crafts, songs, skits, and stories as they learn more about Jesus. Your children will love this exciting week and leave knowing more about God and His love for them.

Youth Cafe? That sounds fun!
Located adjacent to the Sr. High Youth Room (226), the Youth Café looks like an old 50s style diner with booths, a soda fountain, and pool table and delicious milk shakes. This is a great place for our youth to hang out.

I’m interested in hearing about your Youth Ministry.
Our students ministries are made up of:

  • Jr. High youth ministry for 7th & 8th graders
  • Sr. High youth ministry for 9th-12th graders
  • Other – Large Group gatherings are held every other Sunday night (for Sr. High) or every other Wednesday night (for Jr. High). On the opposite Sunday and Wednesday nights youth meet with leaders in smaller LifeGroups. Contact Tim Ryan for specifics.

Please tell me about MOPS.
Mothers of Preschoolers is a nationally known group is for mothers of infants through preschoolers. MOPS meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month for a time of encouragement, discussion, and learning (www.MOPS.org). Contact Lisa Dunlap for the details.


How do I find out about weather related cancellations?
In the event of severe weather, cancellations will be posted on:

  1. Church home page
  2. Church automated voice mail attendant – (717.620.2330) Option 6
  3. With the following media:  CW15, CBS21, ABC27, FM90.3, FM92.1 FM97, FM98.9, FM102.3, AM1390.
  4. Sundays when the First Service is cancelled that also includes the cancellation of all classes and programs prior to the Second Service. “Second Service” fellowship groups each make their own decision regarding meeting when First Service is cancelled.