Welcome to Woodlands Kids!
We love our children here at Woodlands. We offer a range of programs for newborns – 6th grade, as well as classes and resources for parents. Scroll down or click on a image to learn more about what we have to offer.
We provide nursery ministries during our 8:45 and 10:30 am Sunday morning worship services. Our nursery teams are a mix of parents, grandparents, and students, and all of our volunteers are fully screened. We love to provide a caring place for your children while you participate in our worship experience.
We also provide a Nursing/Cry Room for families who wish to keep children with them during services. This room is available to give newborns and nursery-age children a little more wiggle room (and noise level) while providing the opportunity for parents to participate in the service via video.
Who is the Nursery for?
Our nurseries are for children from birth through age two. We group children by age and development, which means that our usual groupings are Crawlers (infants – around age one), Walkers (age one – around age two), and Jumpers (age two – age three). We occasionally adjust these groupings based on the number of kids involved in the ministry.
If you are visiting Woodlands Church your children are more than welcome in our nursery and Sunday School Programs! We just ask that you see our Woodlands Kids check-in desk to register them. If you know you’ll be visiting and would like someone to walk you through your first time here just email us and we can set that up for you!
Please be considerate of others when determining whether your child should be in the nursery or not. For the sake of the health of children and volunteers and staff, please do not leave your child if they have experienced any of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours:
- Fever (100 degrees or more)
- Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
- Persistent coughing or bringing up phlegm
- Chicken Pox
- Discharge from eyes, ears or nose
- Any rash (except diaper)
- Diagnosed with/or being treated for a communicable disease
If any of these symptoms arise while your child is in our care, your child will be removed from the nursery and you will be contacted immediately.
If your child comes down with a contagious disease (lice, chicken pox, meningitis, hand, foot, mouth disease, etc.) and you did not know about it before they had contact with other children in our nurseries please contact Tory Esqueda
Child Check-In Procedures
When you check in your child on one of our iPads located in the Nursery wing you will be given a name tag to place on your child, and a paper slip that you will need to keep with you and return when checking your child out.
In Woodlands Sunday Kids, our dedicated volunteers and Kids Ministry Staff truly enjoy getting to be a part of your child’s week. Our mission is to help all of our children (and their families) faithfully follow Jesus. We are so excited for all that God is going to teach our kids on Sunday mornings!
What Does Sunday Look Like?
If you have a child who is 3 years old – Kindergarten they will be in our Preschool rooms, located just down the hallway to the right of the Family Foyer. They will sing worship songs together, learn a Bible story that is aligned with the message you’re hearing in church, participate in activities, and playtime which fosters community and relationship building between teachers and children.
If you have a child who is in 1st – 6th grade you can drop them off in The Square, located right around the corner from our Preschool rooms. We will have a time of large group worship, as well as listen to a topical teaching which relates to the message you hear in service. Then, we’ll break into classrooms (by grade) to dive deeper into the sermon-based topic of the week with a Bible story, activities, scripture memorization, and classroom discussion.
Why Sermon-Based Curriculum?
It is at the heart of our ministry that children and parents grow together and that parents are equipped to help their children faithfully follow Jesus. Sermon-Based Curriculum is designed in a way that fosters conversations between what adults are learning in church and what children are learning in the classrooms. We are all learning a similar message, just at an age-appropriate level, and seeing it from your child’s perspective (and them seeing it from yours) allows open conversations about what each of you are learning, furthering your understanding and growth. We invite you to take this journey with your child by helping them with their verse memorization, exploring the activities they completed during their time in classrooms, or asking about what they learned that week!
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WHAT IS KID’S CROSSING?
Kid’s Crossing is a Tuesday night kid’s program that runs from 6:15- 7:40 PM September-May.
It engages kids, focuses them on the truth of God’s Word, encourages scripture memorization and community, and puts parents in the driver’s-seat in their children’s discipleship and walk with God. After a year off, we are gearing up for another great year of Kid’s Crossing in 2021-2022! We hope that your children will join us on this journey!
We are on a 3 year journey of learning the Bible in sequential order through the Books of the Bible. All kids, in all grades, are learning the same Bible story during the night, with an age-appropriate level of depthness to each story. They all memorize the same verse (age contextualized – the younger kids learn a shorter version, of course), they all hear teaching on the same topic, and they all get in your car at the end of the night thinking along the same lines. And then we, the church, put a powerful new tool in your – the parents – hands, to help you take the steering wheel and disciple your kids. We’ve said all along – we want our work to be a springboard for family disciple making – not a substitute for it.
Who Can Attend Kids Crossing?
You/your children do not have to be regular attenders of Woodlands Church. We run the duration of the school year and sign up is available all year round!
What Does Each Night Look Like?
Each night will include great games, some engaging teaching, practical small groups, Bible memorization, singing and lots of great people. But, everything is simplified, and everyone is working together – on the same page. Kids will learn verses together, have opportunities to wrestle with real life questions together, and grow closer to one another throughout the year. Plus, we realigned the ages to make more sense: Minis, our 3’s through Kindergarten, will have a blast; Mids – our 1st grade – 3rd grade – will love the pace; and Majors – our 4th -6th grade, will be genuinely challenged and loved.
Each year we also have available a @Home guide for families that will help everyone stay on the same page. For each lesson we have a sheet that will say the theme, have a discussion starter, a marriage moment, the memory verse, and family night idea, and more. Put it on your fridge and check off the boxes as you go. This tool will help you remember the date, and gently guide you in teaching essential truths to your kids.
Because Sunday Kids is for every child.
We offer a Unique Needs Ministry to any child who struggles with the usual format for Woodlands Kids Programming, whether it is Sunday School or Kid’s Crossing. Because every Child is unique unto themselves, each child is assisted individually allowing them to be able to attend Kids programming. It also gives parents an opportunity to attend the service. The plan for assistance is developed with guidance from the parents who know their child’s needs best. The unique assistance will be adjusted as the child’s needs change. It is an honor to get to know both you and your child.
Questions can be directed to Joyce Kavalauskas, The Director of Unique Needs Ministry or by stopping at the check-in desk when you attend. If you are interested in a tour of the facility at a quiet time during the week, arrangements can be made.
Concrete and Cranes is an exciting 5-day adventure for kids ages 4 through those entering 4th grade in the fall, from 9am-noon. Each day includes crafts, snacks, teaching time, exciting music, fun games and awesome relationships! Join kids from Stevens Point, Plover and the surrounding areas to discover the incredible love Jesus has for us and how important it is to set His love as the foundation of our lives.
There is no cost to attend VBS, and community members unaffiliated with Woodlands Church are more than welcome to participate!
Our over 130-volunteer staff is well trained, excited and fully screened to work with kids. We value your children’s safety.
We are passionate about equipping you as a parent to minister to your kids!
We want to provide an opportunity for you to meet, grow, study, or work in our wonderful facility and church foyer, but we know kids can make that complicated.
In an attempt to make it more accessible, we now offer drop-in childcare on Monday evenings from 5-8pm. Our nurseries will be staffed by trained and vetted workers ready to care for your kids.
Learn More & Sign Up
Woodlands Kids is excited to offer Drop-In Childcare in our new nurseries.
We want to provide an opportunity for you to meet, grow, study, or work in our wonderful facility and church foyer, but we know kids can make that complicated. In an attempt to make it more accessible, we now offer drop-in Childcare on Monday evenings from 5-8 pm. Our nurseries will be staffed by trained and vetted workers ready to care for your kids.
Who: Drop-in Childcare is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for kids ages birth-12 yrs. For kids ages 4+, we ask they bring something to occupy themselves; homework, reading, or a device of some sort. We will have movies and games available, but our staff will not be able to actively entertain older kids.
Where: We are utilizing our new nurseries, situated just off our beautiful new foyer and by the Coffee Hub! You’re welcome to stay in the building or you can use the time to run errands, have a date night, hold a Bible Study, meet with their Life Group or anything you need to do!
When: Right now, childcare is available Mondays, from 5-8 pm. You must call or text ahead to reserve your spot (although you can text day of). You’ll need to make reservations in 30-minute increments (ie – 8:30-10 am, not 9-10:15 am).
Cost: The cost is $3 per child, per hour. You can pay using cash, check or credit card when dropping off. If cost is an issue and you’re hoping to use childcare to attend a class or group, text 715-204-4572 to request a scholarship.
Making a Reservation: It’s easy! If it’s more than 24 hours away, call or text 715-204-4572 to make your reservation (phone calls will only be answered M-Th, 9 am-4 pm). If it’s within 24 hours – even if it’s immediate – text. You do not have a confirmed reservation until you hear back, but we’re expecting there will be space!
You can reserve reoccurring space, but we’ll ask you to pay to cover all the spaces you’ve reserved.
Questions? You got it. Text 715-204-4572.
Camp 412 (Previously Camp Zip)
June 25 – June 27
With the unique season of Kid’s Crossing this year, we brought our 4th-6th graders along for the last part of the year on a journey of leadership through Kid’s Crossing 412.
We focused on learning to be young leaders and examples for all believers (1 Timothy 4:12) by looking at Woodlands Church Purpose and Priorities through the lens of how we can live those priorities out as 9-12-year-olds. We will wrap up this journey through Camp 412 (previously known as Camp Zip) this summer, June 25th-June 27th.
- Friday, June 25th: 5 pm-9 pm
- Saturday, June 26th: 9 am -7 pm
- June 27th: 8:45 am-11:30 am we’ll meet for breakfast and church altogether before pick-up with parents.
This is not an overnight camp, but rather an opportunity throughout the weekend for gathering, growing, giving, going, and being grounded in God’s Word as we seek to take steps in our faith journey with Jesus!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 26 – 30
Family Events Calendar
May – July
HOOKED FOR LIFE
Join us Monday Nights from 6-8 PM for Hooked for Life!
Hooked for Life is a summer fishing adventure for kids in elementary school who either love fishing – or who have never fished before! Spend the summer dry casting, shore fishing and boat fishing, learning knot tying, fishing tactics and outdoor info, all while learning more about God the creator and building life-changing relationships with men and women who love Jesus Christ.
Hooked for Life is developed as a relational ministry, allowing boys and girls to get to know great adults in the context of fishing. We have a ton of fun, and can’t wait for you to join us! We meet on Monday nights during the summer at the church, Lake Pacawa or Bukolt Park (depending on the week), and spend the first half hour in the Bible, and then the rest of the time is spent on the water!
Fishing poles or prior experience are not necessary! We just ask that your child be in 2nd grade or above.
Hooked for life meets 6 weeks in the summer beginning in June and ending in July.