Creekside offers a New Camper Scholarship as well as financial assistance to any child or teen to attend camp. You can download our sponsorship guidelines and request form here, or contact us for more information. The camps listed below are a few that Creekside is affiliated with, but there are other Christ-centered camps available.
Iowa Bible Camp
A number of children, young people, and adults from Creekside attend Iowa Bible Camp the last full week in June each year. Teenagers and adults also attend IBC's winter retreat the third weekend in January. These events are held on the grounds of the Twin Lakes Christian Center located between Rockwell City and Manson, Iowa. Iowa Bible Camp has provided solid Bible teaching and unmatched recreation opportunities for campers from Creekside and similar churches all across Iowa, eastern Nebraska and western Illinois for over 50 years. Contact Tom Baird or Chris Swanson with questions, or visit IowaBibleCamp.org.
Pine Lake Camp
Pine Lake offers a variety of summer camps and retreats, operating year round. Since 1957 thousands of children, youth and adults have had the time of their lives at Pine Lake. In those years over 1500 people have made a significant spiritual decision at camp, making this a meeting place with God. PLC serves a broad faith community, majoring on the core elements of Christian faith and life, as an outreach of the churches of the Minnesota Iowa Baptist Conference. Pine Lake Camp is in Eldora, Iowa, located 45 minutes west of Waterloo, adjacent to Pine Lake State Park. Visit PineLakeCamps.org for more information.
Willowbrook Bible Camp
Willowbrook is a non-profit Iowa corporation funded and energized with the voluntary and free-will resources of interested Christian groups and individuals. Hosting a number of children's camps throughout the year, Willowbrook's operation is funded with volunteer labor and unsolicited donations. The camp grounds are periodically rented to other groups who we believe will propagate good moral and Christian ethics. The camp has no "stock" provisions nor governing hierarchical organization, and is managed under supervision of a board or directors. Willowbrook is located at 4375 NE 38th Street in Des Moines. Volunteer workers can, in most cases, be utilized throughout the year. If you're interested in volunteering at or renting the facilities, or would like more information, visit WillowbrookBibleCamp.org
Koronis Bible Camp
Koronis Bible Camp provides a Bible-centered, spiritual get-away on the shores of Lake Koronis near Paynesville, MN. It is a ministry for your family and friends, offering a week of spiritual growth as well as fun and rest for every age. Koronis is four camps rolled into one. That's what makes is so unique and valuable as a family ministry. Each camp group is designed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the different age groups. Adults can hear nationally known speakers, while kids and youth can be apart of a camp program tailored to their age group. For more information about Koronis, visit KoronisBibleCamp.com or contact Rod Clarkson or Kyle Clarkson.
In July of 2006, a 10 year old girl named Vera Nyaen drowned in Gray's Lake while playing in the water with her friends. She could not swim. Vera came to our church after immigrating from Liberia with her family 2 years earlier. Camp Vera began in response to this tragic accident. We decided that the best way to honor Vera's life was to, in partnership with the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Dept, offer swimming lessons to immigrant children, including Vera's brother. In addition to swim lessons, we provide lunch, a Bible lesson time, crafts, and free time to just socialize. Our goal is to prevent further tragedy by teaching them how to swim, as well as provide a few days of fun afternoons for the immigrant children God has placed in our midst. See Marge McKeever to see how you can be involved with Camp Vera.
CLEO: Creekside Ladies Encouraging Others
Starting in 2016, there will be a monthly event for the women of Creekside to encourage one another with fellowship and spiritual growth. This will be held at 10 AM on the last Saturday of each month. Each gathering will include a 10-20 minute presentation on the topic and an activity to spur discussion together. Please see the attached PDF for more detailed information and the calendar of upcoming topics.
Ministry Mission Statement: Providing a monthly event for the women of the Creekside Church
community for the purpose of encouraging one another through fellowship and spiritual growth. "No one knows how much you know until they know how much you care." (Anonymous)
Bible Verse: "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)
Set-Up: We will begin at 10 AM on the last Saturday of each month. We will provide coffee, but if you feel you want to bring some refreshments to share, please feel free but otherwise we want to keep it simple.
Meeting format: Open with prayer; a speaker will briefly (10-20 minutes) speak on the topic for the month; participate in an activity that will spur discussion on the topic; then see where the Lord will lead us!
Volunteers! If you feel the Lord leading you to share something on any topic or if you feel there is an idea burning in your heart that you want to share, please feel free to contact one of us and we will make sure you are heard.
Topics (Always subject to change as the Lord reveals!)
January 30 - New Beginnings
February 27 – The Balancing Act (How do we get it all done?)
March 26 – Everyday Miracles
April 30 – Emotions (special guest Pout-Pout Fish!)
May 28 – Prayer Meeting
June 25 – Our Identity in Christ
July 30 – Judgments (Seeing others the way God sees them)
August 27 – Creekside Women Ministries –where are we and where are we going? Mid-year refresher
September 24 – Open
October 29 – Open
November 26 – Open
December 31 – Prepare for 2017
"And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others..?" (Matthew 5:47)
You know how good it makes you feel to walk into a new place where you are immediately welcomed and made to feel at home, or you're on your second or third visit and are greeted warmly by name. You also probably know how it feels when this doesn't happen. Rod Clarkson has a team of "greeters" who simply extend a friendly welcome to people, particularly newcomers, who come into our 10:30 service. We need a few individuals who can be available around 10:00 and during the service to greet people, provide basic information about Creekside and possibly usher them to a seat if necessary. The Greeters Ministry is simple, doesn't take a lot of effort or time, however is probably one of the most important ministries in any church. Let Rod know if you can help out.
"...Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
To do our part in fulfilling the Lord’s Great Commission, our Missions Team was formed to promote the work of world missions. Meeting monthly, the team is responsible for informing, educating, and challenging our church family regarding missions, helping prepare our own missionaries for service, communicating with and promoting prayer for missionaries, and working with Women’s Missionary Outreach. Contact Mark Kline for more information.
The Women's Missionary Outreach is a ministry dedicated to informing it's participants of missionary works abroad and to helping our missionaries monetarily and in other practical ways. We meet at least once monthly. "Work days" consist of projects ranging from quilt-making to putting together small prizes for children, all designed to benefit missions work. At WMO prayer and business meetings, we hear from missionaries and pray for them as well as take care of other business, and we hold an annual Women's Missionary Conference. To contact Womens Missionary Outreach, talk to Myrna Baird.
Another missions-minded focus at Creekside is our Cross-Cultural Missions Team. Creekside has sent a short term (10 or 11 days) missions team to Haiti each Fall for several years. See Bob Vaugn for more information..
If God has gifted you with talent with music or audio tech, talk to Alan Crim.
Creekside offers a quality nursery during its Connect service Sunday mornings, and sometimes during other events. For information about serving in our nursery or other questions, contact Kari Brockman. Our current Sunday nursery schedule can be found below and on the Calendar on our Events page.
November 5: Emma Derr & Vicki Westphal
November 12: Shanya & Jasen Burton
November 19: Jacqui Gardiner & Kari Brockman
November 26: Karen Metzler
Sunday School / Awana
"Train a child in the way he should go..." (Proverbs 22:6)
During our Sunday morning 10:30 service, Creekside offers Sunday School for kids in 3 different age groups: Preschool, Kindergarten - 1st Grade, and 2nd - 5th Grade. Various socials and programs are typically planned throughout the year for Sunday School age kids including a summer Vacation Bible School and Christmas program. For more information or to find out more about serving God in this ministry, contact Jeff Westphal. AWANAs meet every Wednesday night (except during summer break). For more information about this program, please contact Mary Kline.
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12)
Creekside's teen ministry is divided into two groups: High school and Junior High. Both meet at Creekside, 2743 82nd Place in Urbandale, weekly (except for summer--schedule varies) for a time of games, worship, Biblical teaching and snacks. Both groups also do occasional social activities and service projects.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord..." (Colossians 3:23)
Creekside has many ministries geared for women for the cause of serving God and strengthening unity and fellowship among the women of our church as we serve together. Contact Amy Johnson if you are interested in serving on one of the following committees. To download a Women's Ministries Handbook, visit our Member Area.
CARE & CONCERN coordinates bereavement dinners and flowers for funerals, home delivered meals for new parents and the disabled, sending cards of cheer and encouragement to our college students ("College Companions") and also our sick, injured and shut-ins.
COLLEGE COMPANIONS coordinates the linking of men and women of Creekside with one of our college students in order to encourage them through correspondence (monthly calls, letters, packages, etc.) and pray for them daily.
COMMUNICATIONS organizes phone calling tree in order to contact all listings in the Cornerstone directory with timely information about meeting cancellations, changes, deaths, etc. Also initiates a prayer chain to pray for specific requests.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH plans and schedules ongoing Bible studies for women.
FOOD & FELLOWSHIP provides refreshments and food preparation for Sunday morning breaks as well as other functions. Also provides accommodations and/or meals for visiting speakers or other special guests of Creekside.
NURSERY serves the needs of mothers of small children at Creekside by scheduling nursery volunteers and regular clean up of nursery facilities.
SPECIAL EVENTS coordinates social events such as bridal/baby showers for Creekside members, "Ladies Time Out" events and the Women's Annual Retreat.
WOMEN'S MISSIONARY OUTREACH (see below)
WOMEN'S MENTORING PROGRAM is based on Titus 2:3-5 instructing the older women to disciple younger women in both one-on-one mentoring and group Bible studies.
Little Free Pantry
The Reserve On Walnut Creek Senior Living Community has partnered with Creekside to provide a "Little Free Pantry" to benefit our neighbors in Urbandale! You'll find it in the Creekside parking lot by the flag pole. The Little Free Pantry is for anyone in need. Most often, it's used by those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. The Reserve will generally stock the pantry with non-perishable food items, can goods, proteins, personal care items, and paper goods. The Reserve is home to several artists, so we are excited to have them involved in the finishing process. Together we can share our abundance with others!