Journey at Westwinds
Journey for kids, teens, and adults exists to partner in our mission to Shadow God, Build the Church, and Heal the World. We accomplish this by providing opportunities to get connected, develop personal and spiritual growth, and care for one another through relationships.
Dr. David McDonald
We believe that self discovery in a safe space will allow children to meet God in their own personal way at their own developmental pace.
We believe that spiritual formation is happening whether or not it is intentionally encouraged and nurtured.
We believe it is relationships, that change our kids. A great program simply creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children. Kids thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they also have a sense of belonging to a caring community.
As parents we commit time and money towards our kids’ education, sports, dance and music endeavors to name a few. We encourage you to equally commit to your kids’ spiritual growth by being intentional and actively participating in their spiritual development. You can do this by attending Westwinds on a regular basis; by participating as a volunteer in Westwinds Kids; by talking about God at home or in the car; by helping your kids develop friendships with other Westwinds’ kids.
If your elementary age child has expressed an interest in baptism, we want to support parents by providing several tools that may help you discern if your child is ready for baptism. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for this material and to set up a time he or she can meet with you and your son or daughter. Baptism is a wonderful and powerful celebration of a kid’s spiritual journey. We want to make it a memorable experience for your child and family.
Parents who wish to have their child dedicated must attend a mandatory parent meeting and return the registration form. Information with specific dates for child dedication are available 3-4 weeks prior to the dedication. Brochures and registration forms can be picked up at the Kisok or at the Kids’ Check-in Table.
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If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, he or she will not be accepted in the Kids’ Journey program. Symptoms include:
Any communicable disease; pink eye, strep throat, cold sores, etc.
Fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
Sore throat, coughing and/or sneezing.
Snotty yellow or green nose.
Skin infections or rashes.
If your child exhibits these or other illness symptoms after he or she has been accepted into a class, you will be contacted to pick up your child.
While we offer consistently loving and safe care, we do like to be creative, so it’s vital that you notify classroom teachers of any major health concern (such as a peanut allergy, for example) each time you bring your child to Kids Journey. We won’t think that you’re nagging or being overly protective, we promise!
Westwinds also uses a check-in process to insure that children are returned only to the adults who have dropped them off in their classes.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you may have.
Lastly, we don’t want to do all of this alone but as part of a community instead. Community can be difficult, but its this inherent difficulty that makes community spiritual – it requires character, and hard work, but in the midst of that work Christ is better revealed to his people. Sign up for and attend an upcoming Intro Class to learn more about Westwinds.
That’s a great question. Baptism isn’t something that anyone should feel forced to do. Each person should only do it when they’re ready. Having said that, some people worry that they have to live perfectly from now on. Some even have expressed “there are some things that I need to get out of my life before I get baptized.” It’s great when we want to bring our lives in line with Christ’s instructions, but being baptized is more about starting the journey with Jesus than having everything in your life in order. Things start to fall into place in good time. So relax. Baptism is about celebrating God’s forgiveness and the new journey ahead.
What is my next step in the process of “taking the plunge” to get Baptized?
To get started you, fill out the online Baptism Registration form prior to the first of two preparatory meetings. The first meeting will be to lay the historical and biblical foundation of Baptism as well as provide some reflection questions about the step you are about to take in your faith journey. The second meeting will be to discuss your answers to the reflective questions as well as provide the needed information for the day of your Baptism. Both are necessary to attend.
As Christians, we are members of God’s household ( Ephesians 2:19) called to function, participate, and minister in a particular place within the body of Christ. A healthy body requires that each member do its part well. A healthy church requires the same: members, or “owners” as we call them, are sacrificially committed to do the work of the ministry that God has prepared in advance for them to do (cf. Ephesians 2:10, 4:12).
What are the requirements for becoming an owner at Westwinds?
A Westwinds owner is on board with Westwinds mission, vision, and values, they support and participate in the Elements and Satellites, and align themselves with or theological essentials. Owners give of their time, their talent, and their treasure. We encourage you to complete a registration form on-line, attend the three week APP, and attend the monthly Hivemind gathering.
For more information about the Hub, please visit www.hubjackson.org