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Parents

Dear Parents,

wwKids’ goal is to build relationships with your children so that we can speak into their lives, inviting and guiding them towards a personal relationship with Jesus. We want to encourage a life-long journey of personal transformation of becoming more like Jesus in their attitudes, thoughts and actions.

We believe that our children are wired to know God and to be in relationship with Him.
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.

These core beliefs are the foundation of wwKids ministry and can be seen throughout our preschool Connection Studio and K6 Experience Studios.

It is our desire to partner with parents to help you intentionally lead your kids on a life-long journey with Jesus Christ. We say partnership because your child’s faith is shaped and developed through the most significant people in their lives– their parents. You are, and always will be, the most important and influential person in your child’s life

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.

Welcome to Westwinds Kids. We look forward to getting to know and journey with you and your kids.

Sincerely,

Terri McGarry


Baptism

At Westwinds, we believe that baptism is a personal decision. It is not something that anyone else can decide for another person, even a child. We believe that a person should be old enough to decide for him/herself if they want to announce their intention to follow Jesus by being baptized. For that reason we do not baptize babies, although we offer parents the option of dedicating their young children to God.

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 terri.mcgarry@westwinds.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.

Child Dedication

Spring and fall are regular times we set aside to dedicate our children, infants through age five, and mark them with God’s promise for their lives. Our Kids Journey ministry is embracing the opportunity to build partnerships with parents in developing their child’s faith journey.

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.

Please contact terri.mcgarry@westwinds.org 


Health Policy

Parents, we discourage you from bringing sick kids to WW classes. Coughing, sneezing, and runny noses are primary ways for infections to be spread to other kids and adults. If your child is displaying these types of symptoms, you may need to consider staying home or plan to keep them with you during Cue. There are seats reserved in the auditorium for families with small children. An usher will be happy to help you.

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.
Eye infections.
Sore throat, coughing and/or sneezing.
Snotty yellow or green nose.
Skin infections or rashes.
Swollen glands.

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!


Security Policy

Children are always accompanied by approved personnel that have been through a 3-step security screening process including an interview, reference checks, and background checks.

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 terri.mcgarry@westwinds.org with any questions that you may have.

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