Intentionally Building
&
Passionately Pursuing

We want to see kids grow to be disciples who live by God’s grace and for His glory at home and in their community.  We do this by making WESTkids a safe and engaging environment where kids can worship through song, hear God’s story from the Bible, and discuss those stories with friends.  The lessons help kids see who God is and how every page of His story points us to Jesus!  We also believe parents are the primary disciple makers of their families, and we strive to help guide and support you along the way.

Questions about WESTkids?

FIRST TIME GUESTS

We are ready to serve your family and help your child get settled into WESTkids.  On your first Sunday you will check in at our Kids Ministry manned Check In Station.  We will ask contact information, birthdates and any allergies of your child.  Safety is VERY important for our program!  You will be given a name tag for your child and a pick-up tag with a security code that matches your child’s name tag.  One of our Welcome Team will gladly help you find the class location, assist you with the drop-off process and explain the pick-up process.

What if I lose the pick-up tag for my child?

If you lose the pick-up tag with security code, the group leader will ask you to visit the manned station to reprint a tag.  Good idea: some of our parents take pictures of their tags, which is totally okay to use for pickup.

What if my child needs me?

If you child should need you during programming, we will text you via the parent cell phone number given at registration.

Are there resources to help me follow up on what my child is learning?

We’re so glad you asked! Many times, you will be given resources upon pickup to help guide you as parents.  We also will have resources available that are printed for you.  We also communicate with parents through email and social media.

Who will teach my child?

We have the most amazing leaders!  These groups are leaders committed to helping your child have the best morning of their week.  Our policies require every group has at least two leaders.  Each leader also has undergone a background check and training for their role in WESTkids.  We want every parent to feel an overwhelming assurance that your child is safe and loved while they are in WESTkids!

SUNDAY MORNING

NURSERY

birth-3 years & those not potty trained

It is our desire to ensure a safe and loving environment for infants and children to learn about the God who created them. You can enjoy peace of mind as you worship, learn, and grow spiritually as we provide nursery services for your child.   We provide care during both the 9:30 and 11:00 service times. We will promote potty trained kids quarterly into our preschool environment.  

What to Bring: A diaper and/or your diaper bag. We provide the wipes.

Nursing Mothers’ Room: If you need access to the Nursing Room please see the Nursery Check In for access.

PRESCHOOL

3 & potty trained-5 years

We want preschoolers to understand the Bible is God’s Word and His Word is true. We want them to know that God made them and He loves them.  Preschoolers have programming during both the 9:30am and 11:00am services. Our preschoolers will have fun learning, playing, singing, and hearing God’s Word.  We cover the same stories as our elementary kids.  We promote our upcoming Kindergarteners the first Sunday in June. 
February WESTkids 
COVID-19 policies: We continue to have masks required for our leaders and children 6 years and up. We are diligent in the cleaning processes and frequently washing hands. Check in will continue to be on a manned system. Anyone who has had direct contact here (15 min or more of close contact) in the past 48 hours with a person known to have had a recent positive test will be notified and asked to quarantine from programming for 2 weeks. Please let us know if your child ever tests positive. We are going to bring back snack time for our Nursery and Preschool environments. The water fountains will be back on with water bottle filler stations added to them.
Nursery Construction Update
In February you will see construction beginning in our Nursery area. We have set up a temporary Nursery in Room 407 (at the end of the 300/adult classroom hallway). There will be a check in station there as well.  We are so excited to see construction start!

K-5TH GRADE

WESTkids

9:30 Service:  
Programming for Nursery-5th grade with a large group environment for 3rd-4th-5th.

11:00 Service:  
Nursery and Preschool: Classes as normal
K-2nd grade: Large group environment

February:  Challenge Accepted
Great sports moments tend to involve people who accepted a big challenge, one that required courage and an ability to keep going. This month, kids will have fun using sports to learn about the many ways they can say yes to challenges bravely. Jesus accepted many challenges. Through the stories we know about Him, we learn a bunch of things that help kids walk through whatever they are facing. Let’s cheer on every kid to be able to say, Jesus takes care of me, Jesus shows me the truth, Jesus helps me when I'm tempted, and Jesus understands my challenges. See the parent connections link for more details on our weekly lessons.

We also have family devotionals for the month that corelates with what we are learning in class. These will be handed out week one and available at the parent wall outside of church.  If you missed it, click here or on the Family Devotional button below to access it from home.

Valentine’s Day
On February 14th children can bring Valentines to share with their class. We also will collect extra valentines for families who are not able to attend. We suggest 2 dozen valentines. Ice cream also will be served in small groups.

Lent Adventures

We have put together a family activity booklet for you to use at home during the season leading up to Easter. These will be available for pick up February 14th and/or at the February 17th Awana night.

Save the Dates!

June 7th-11th VBS for preschool-2nd grade
June 14th-18th VBX for 3rd-5th

More details to follow and registration WILL be required to attend.

AWANA

AWANA meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:15 and all clubbers must register.  AWANA clubs seek to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.  AWANA is based on the Bible with fun games, activities, and Scripture memory work. Meaningful relationships are developed with adult leaders and other children participating.

MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers

We rally women to come together in their own neighborhoods and help each other through this thing called motherhood, one gathering at a time.

During each meeting we enjoy fellowship, sharing, and either a guest speaker or a craft project, alternating between meetings.

MOPPETS childcare is provided for all children, infants through five years of age. Children are taught biblical lessons with fun, age-appropriate activities. For more information about MOPS contact Lisa or Becky at mops@westefc.org.

Serve in WESTkids

We believe God has called every parent to be the primary spiritual leader in their child’s life.  But we know every parent would love some help on that journey!  WESTkids is a great place to serve!  We have many opportunities for students and adults to share the love of Jesus with kids of all ages.