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 from Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life, 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 and gathering. Then, we’ll break into classrooms (by grade) to dive deeper into the series topic with a Bible story, activities, scripture memorization, and classroom discussion. For Preschool – 6th grade we use Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life Curriculum which is a 4-5 week unit rotation that incorporates an overall theme with a specific Bible passage for each week.
New to Woodlands?
Questions, comments, concerns? We would love to help! Shoot us an e-mail!
WHAT IS KID’S CROSSING?
Kid’s Crossing has officially ended for the 2022 year!
Kid’s Crossing will kick-off on Tuesday, September 27th in the Fall of 2022!
Kid’s Crossing is a Tuesday night kid’s program that runs from 6:15- 7:40 PM September-May.
*Please Note: If your child is 3, 4K, or K their programming is from 6:15 – 7:30.
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!
If it is your first night joining us for Kid’s Crossing we encourage you to arrive around 6 PM to be registered and then given a brief tour of where to go for drop-off and pick-up. Programming begins at 6:15 so getting there a little early helps you and your child feel ready to go for the night!
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, engaging teaching, practical small groups, singing, Bible reading, and lots of time with great people. But, everything is simplified, and everyone is working together – on the same page. Kids will have the opportunity to read through Scripture and learn God’s story firsthand with one another, wrestling with real-life questions, and growing closer to one another throughout the year. Our Minis (3s through Kindergarten) will have a blast together; Mids (1st grade – 3rd grade) will love the pace of the night; and our Majors (4th grade – 6th grade) will be genuinely challenged and loved.
As you come in please visit one of the iPads in the Gym Foyer to check your child in. All of your child’s information including what color their group is (specifically for Minis and Mids) and your child’s pick-up location will be on the tag that prints off. For Minis and Mids you will drop your child off in the Chapel in their colored group (look for signs in the Chapel) and you will pick up in their designated classrooms. For Majors, you will drop off in The Square and you will pick up in the Chapel. Any time you have questions about either pick up or drop off, please see one of our KidMin Volunteers at the Check-In Desk located in the Gym Foyer – we are here to help!
Check back for online pre-registration to open Friday, July 29th!
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 The Unique Needs Lead Team 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.
HOOKED FOR LIFE!
Join us Monday Nights from 6-8 PM this Summer 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 Dates: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18
If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, please email Joyce.
Mothers of Preschoolers
MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers
Large group meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month during the school year. All moms are invited to support and encourage each other no matter your age (or your child’s age) and all faiths are welcome.
Spring 2022 dates: 1/6 (Leader Meeting), 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, and 5/19 from 9:30-11:00.
Contact: Erin Meister to register!
BIBLE STUDY/BOOK STUDY
Moms Bible/Book Study
Bible/book study focused on parenting with the Gospel at the center! We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays throughout the Spring (see dates below)!
Spring 2022 Dates: 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, and 5/26 from 9:30 to 11:00, childcare available.
Contact: Erin Meister
Moms Discipleship Groups
Groups of 3 to 4 moms who meet together to focus on growing in their faith as a follower of Christ and how that impacts our parenting. This will be a more in-depth group that will challenge each other to develop and grow in knowledge and wisdom found from God’s word.
Discipleship groups will start up in the fall!
Contact: Erin Meister
NEW & EXPECTANT MOM’S
New/Expectant Mom’s Ministry
Our New Moms Ministry exists to come alongside Woodlands’ women who are new moms or are preparing to become new moms. We’d love to meet with you and encourage you with a few meals, a welcome gift and a caring heart as well as to “shower” you with information about what Woodlands Church has to offer for families with little ones. Our desire is to be available to offer support for you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Our team of “seasoned” moms will enjoy getting to know more about you. Please fill out the registration form and submit it. Someone will contact you with more information about how we can join with you in celebrating and welcoming the precious gift God has given you.
TO SEASONED MOMS…
The New Mom’s Ministry operates on a volunteer basis. We are called to follow Christ’s example by loving and caring for one another and we invite you to join us in this exciting outreach to new moms and their families by joining our team who helps to prepare meals; provides welcome gifts or plans an annual social event. If you are interested, please fill out this form.
For further questions about this ministry please contact Nancy Smith.
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. Here are the current times:
Monday: 5-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am – 12 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 12 pm and 6-8 pm
*Drop-In Childcare will not be available after May 29th and will resume in the Fall of 2022.
LET’S TALK ABOUT… MENTAL HEALTH
Sunday | May 15| 10:30 am
We would love for you to join us for a seminar for parents and leaders of children and students. Youth (7-12th grade) are welcome to attend!
Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, we’re not offering this Let’s Talk About to children 6th grade and under. Sunday Kids will be open for them.
Join us this summer for Kids in the Park!
This is an awesome opportunity for families of Woodlands to hang out and get to know one another – plus, your kids will get some outdoor time with friends!
No need to let us know you’re coming – just show up at Kash Park and look for the Woodlands Kids Staff!
Registration is now open!
4th – 6th grade camp will be June 10 – 12, 2022
Camp is open for kids who have just completed 4th, 5th, or 6th grade for the 2021-2022 school year. It is a weekend long camp where we engage in fun, interactive, and meaningful time together, while digging deeper with our faith.
Camp is held right here at Woodlands, with the exception of an afternoon of going out into the Community. All of our volunteers for Camp have been fully screened (including a background check).
A schedule for the weekend will be available in the coming weeks!
Save the date –
VBS will be july 25 – 29, 2022
Spark Studios 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 that we are created in Christ and designed for God’s purposes.
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.