Did you know that 2/3 of students who can't read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare?

Did you know that 61% of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children?

Research reveals that children in poverty who read proficiently by the end of the third grade have an 89% graduation rate.

ARISE2Read takes an active role in the development of children in our public schools through the presence of volunteers focused on literacy. We tutor students one hour per week utilizing a simple sight word approach. We also provide books for the students to enhance literacy.

East Side's ARISE2Read initiative will begin this fall at Sutton Elementary School. Training will take place on October 25th.

Would you consider being a part? Sign up below!

Learn more about the ARISE2Read program here.

kids beach club

Beach Clubs are high-energy, fun-filled, kid-centered clubs that meet after school for one hour, one day a week for 24 weeks. They incorporate the truth of scripture every time they meet. This allows the character words taught in all elementary schools to be reinforced through the teaching of scripture.

East Side is partnering with Woods Elementary School, just across the street, for our first Kids Beach Club! We are still looking for 2-3 more volunteers because at this rate we will be needing extra hands and hearts for the Lord. We would love to have someone specifically to help with our kids music!

Contact to learn more. If you can be part of this new initiative launching this fall, register here:

1st - 6th grade Kids

We're always excited about what's going on in kids' ministry at East Side! There's something fun and exciting around every corner! We believe instilling truths about Jesus and His church at an early age will prepare kids to turn their hearts toward the Lord and follow Him all their days. Led by Beverly Turner, our new Director of Kids Ministry, and an awesome team of volunteers, we're here to serve the next generation!

Sunday Mornings

Each Sunday morning at 9am, our 1st-6th graders experience exciting Connect Groups (Sunday School) in our safe and secure children's ministry wing, THE WAREHOUSE, that is complete with a huge indoor playground! We currently use curriculum from Lifeway, presenting the Bible in an age-appropriate environment. We have caring adults who love kids and want to show them the love of Jesus.

We're excited to open up our new BREAKROOM, a hangout for 1st-6th graders, complete with air hockey, board games, and Wii activities. Kids can hang out in the BREAKROOM between Connect Groups and Kids Worship!

We're now offering FREE Breakfast on Sundays from 8:30-9am in the Playland before Connect Groups!

Kids Worship

All 1st-6th graders are invited to participate in a special time of worship in the E-FACTORY: Built With Excellence, every week, just above the THE WAREHOUSE. Kids Worship takes place during the main worship service. Kids can be picked up in the E-FACTORY after service.

Company Store

Outside the E-FACTORY, is the Company Store where kids can purchase fun stuff with their E-Bucks that are earned during Connect Groups & Kids Worship. This helps teach kids to use their bucks wisely and to make their relationship with God a priority! The store is open every 8 weeks during Kids Worship. 

AWANA Clubs on Wednesdays

Our kids and their leaders are "hiding God's Word in their hearts" every week in AWANA Clubs at East Side! Clubs meet from 6:15-7:45pm. Kids learn about the Bible through activities, games, adventures, and missions opportunities, all while making friends and having fun.

AWANA Sparks for K-2nd grade teaches basic truths about God, Jesus, salvation, and the Bible.

AWANA Truth & Training is for 3rd-6th graders and is designed to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and to train them to serve Him.

Contact Beverly>>