BPC CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
WELCOME TO KIDWELL PARK! Kidwell Park is the Children’s Ministry of Bidwell Presbyterian Church. Kidwell 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.”
KIDWELL ON THE PATIO | MEETS AT 9:30AM SUNDAY SERVICE
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR
KIDWELL PARK INFORMATION
Every week, Kidwell Park posts a video lesson to teach our little ones in an engaging and age-appropriate way. We want our kids to understand God’s story stretches from Genesis to Revelation with the good news of Jesus Christ woven through every page. While we are not able to meet in person, families worshiping at home can access these videos at the top of this page or via Kidwell Park’s Facebook page.
We know COVID-19 hasn’t been easy on families. While you’re cooped up at home, we encourage parents to spend intentional time teaching their children the truths of the Bible. If you’d like resources to help guide your Bible exploration, let us know! We’ve got kid-friendly devotionals and tips on how to make your time together extra special.
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.
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.