Your First Visit
The mission of The Woo includes our smallest members because we believe that Jesus' wonderful promise of giving "life in all its fullness" applies not just to adults -- but also to kids! WooKids strives to create a fun and safe space for children to get to know God and themselves better as well as develop healthy relationships with other kids. Our hope is to plant a seed of faith that will grow with children and stay relevant for them as they mature. We do this by providing space for them to experience and learn about God in fun and engaging ways.
Key Elements of WooKids include:
What to Expect on Sunday Morning
WooKids happens during our main 12pm service. The program is organized into three age groups and staffed with at least 2 volunteers per group. Most of our volunteers are young people with a love for children and a calling to care and nurture children's growth. (We run background checks for all volunteers who work with WooKids.)
First-time families will be asked to register their children by filling out the registration form as they arrive. All WooKids rooms are located downstairs from the main service.
Baby Church (Under 3)
The Baby Church provides a safe and fun environment for infants and young toddlers to experience church. There we sing songs, play with toys, read short stories, hug and hold, blow bubbles, and pray blessings for all our kids.
Wonder Room (3-8)
The wonder room is a special space for young children to worship and connect with God. We use Young Children and Worship curriculum, a program based on the Montessori tradition. Before they enter the room, children are asked to get ready and put aside any toys, jackets, items and even anxieties they may have brought with them. They are then welcomed into the room by a storyteller, who will invite God's presence, sing songs of praise to God and share stories of god with multi-sensory materials that engage children's imagination. Following the story time, there is a period of open questions and wondering. Children are then invited to express their feelings and reactions in individual work time, where they can work with the materials of the story presented, materials of a different story, or with crafts and arts supplies in their individual space. Then kids regroup for a time of fellowship and a feast, and they are brought to join their parents at the main service before the end of the worship time.
Discovery group (9-13)
The discovery group takes WooKids to another level, engaging kids in serving the church in multiple areas of our service, connecting with members of the church community and discovering different ways to connect with God. Bible stories, small group style discussions and games are routinely used to reinforce the lessons on the principles of following Jesus. They will be brought to join the parents during the worship time, but during service this bunch may be found in all areas of the church, so good luck finding them.
Family Friendly Spaces
Families are always welcome in the main service. In addition we have a large room to the left of the stage (the entrance is across from the bathrooms) designated for families. The "Chapel" is a bit quieter and good for letting your child move around, let out their emotions, be feed and/or changed; without you having to miss the service.