WELCOME TO KIDWELL PARK! Kidwell Park is the Children’s Ministry of Bidwell Presbyterian Church. Imagine a place where after kids have visited on a Sunday, they get in the car and ask their parents if they can come back! We hear this comment from parents over and over again. It is a place where kids are treasured and seen as gifts from God, and where they can develop and explore a deeper relationship with Jesus as their “friend forever.” Above all, Kidwell Park is a place for kids!
KIDWELL PARK EVENTS
See details and register for BPC Children’s Ministry events on our events page.
You can also see our monthly calendar for youth events under “Children’s Ministry Information.”
KIDWELL PARK ADAPTIVE PROGRAM
Kidwell Park Adaptive Program is a part of the Kidwell Park Children’s Ministry where we help children with special needs participate in the Sunday programs and activities during the 9:30 a.m service. In the Kidwell Park Adaptive Program, we aim to create a safe space where children with disabilities can experience Sunday school in a way that best meets their needs. We offer a sensory-friendly classroom, accommodations for inclusion in the grade-level classrooms, one on one support, Sunday programming, a once-monthly support group, and special events.
This program is designed to help make church an accessible and stress-free time for kids and families alike. It is primarily an inclusion program where our staff and volunteers can be a child’s “buddy” to hang out within their grade-specific classroom along with their peers. We have a dedicated classroom filled with sensory games and activities. We love to create individualized programs and accommodations to the elements of our Sunday program, including the Bible lesson, craft, playtime, and worship for children who need a little more quiet/alone time or simply a different structure or setting. Our desire is to show children and their families that we are all beautiful in the eyes of God and that His love is endless.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
KIDWELL PARK INFORMATION
Kidwell Park provides age-specific Sunday programs for kids aged 0 to 5th grade at their 9:30 and 10:45 services. The Gospel Project takes kids on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture. Kids will discover how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. When kids truly experience the gospel, their hearts are transformed. It is the gospel, not good behavior, that changes everything.
8:15AM – Nursery Only
9:30AM – Nursery – 5th grade
10:45AM – Nursery – 5th Grade
CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT
srenesrenWhen you arrive, please go to the welcome desk (located on the first floor), where a Kidwell Park team member will help register your family and check your children into their program areas. Upon filling out a registration card, your family will be added to our database, making check-in even easier next time! Our team will help you and your children find their classes and meet some other children/volunteers to make the morning a success. Please check out your children from their program areas promptly after the service.
We offer a safe, fun & free supervised place for kids to hang out on Wednesday evenings while their parents attend adult discipleship classes. This is a great time for kids to grow in community with one another in a less structured environment than our Sunday morning programs.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Everything we do on Sundays is geared towards reaching your children at their level, and focused on proclaiming the love and grace of Jesus in a way that is understandable and applicable to them! We strive to provide a safe and welcoming place so your kids are excited to come each week and you feel comfortable dropping them off. Our staff are CPR and First Aid trained. In addition, our fantastic volunteers have undergone thorough background checks and training, and we maintain a child to staff ratio of 4:1.
TIME OUT FOR MOMS
The Time Out for Moms (TOFM) program is designed to connect, support, and encourage mothers of babies, toddlers, and young children. We work with a set curriculum, such as “MOPS,” and we implement guest speakers to help mothers experience fellowship together during TOFM bi-weekly (every other week) meetings.
Childcare is provided for children through five years of age. Feel free to bring your infant with you to the group or use our wonderful childcare. Registration is required for all participants.
KIDWELL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
First and foremost, thank you for considering volunteering for Kidwell Park! We have several places for you to be active and make a positive impact in the life of a child! Please reach out to Nancy Bultema, our ministry director, to discuss which of these options might be a good fit for you.
- Sunday School Leader
- Sunday School Assistant
- Children’s Worship leader
- Drama Team
- Large Group Host – intro the lesson/game
- Nursery worker
- Pre-k storytime (read children books)
- Behind the scenes work – notes to new families, offering, etc.
*Volunteers serve every other week for one service, allowing you to still attend the service you choose!
*Couples and “buddy” teams are a great option! Grab someone you love and volunteer together!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS BEEN SICK?
All toys for the nursery are cleaned and sanitized thoroughly after use each week. Please help us keep our rooms healthy by observing our “Sick Children Policy” and keeping your children home if they exhibit any of the following: fever within the previous 24 hours, vomiting or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours, discharge in or around the eyes, green or yellow runny nose, sore throat, questionable rash, any symptoms of communicable disease, persistent cough, or head lice. If your child is being treated with an antibiotic, he or she should receive treatment at least a full 48 hours before coming to Kidwell Park. If your child becomes ill while in our care, you will be notified promptly.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR MY CHILD?
For our pre-school visitors, is helpful if you pack the following in a diaper bag on Sundays:
- One diaper
- Pacifiers or other comfort items
- Change of clothes
- A bottle/sippy cup of milk, formula, juice, or water
We ask that you label all personal items prior to your arrival.
WHAT ABOUT MY CHILD'S SAFETY?
We strive to provide a safe and welcoming place so your kids are excited to come every week and you feel comfortable dropping them off. Our staff and childcare workers are CPR and First Aid trained. In addition, our fantastic volunteers have undergone thorough background checks and training. Our child to staff ratio is 4:1.
CAN I CHECK ON MY CHILD?
You are welcome to check on your child, but do so discreetly, unseen by your child or other children to avoid separation anxiety.
HOW DO I SAY GOODBYE?
After your child is checked in, please say a quick good bye. As you know, it is normal for children to cry as their parents leave. If your child continues to cry for more than 10 minutes and cannot be consoled, our staff/volunteers will page you.
WHEN DO I PICK UP MY CHILD?
After the worship service, please promptly pick up your child. Children enrolled in programs through kindergarten are required to be picked up by a parent or guardian.
DO I NEED TO REGISTER MY CHILD?
Help us make Kidwell Park an enjoyable and secure experience for you and your child. Parents are asked to register at the welcome desk or online and are assigned a number that helps us locate parents during worship services.