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HELLO!

Welcome to the world of GoKids! We hope that you will find all the information that you’re looking for on these pages but if not, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email here.

 


GoKids Information

What we do every week.

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School is offered both at 9:15 and 10:45, with the alternate hour spent in worship with the parents.
We begin in the GoKids Assembly Room with a large group session for Kids Worship. We use a blend of music, animation, and live action to engage kids and hold their attention while introducing the Bible story of the day. This is a special time for kids to sing as loud as they want and tell God how much they love Him.

Small group time immediately follows where their leaders help them understand how the day’s lesson can fit into their everyday life. Small group leaders are serious about having fun with kids and passionate about teaching the Bible. We want kids to see how God’s Word fits into their lives, to learn how to talk to Him, and to build friendships that will last. Every Sunday they connect with the same small group of kids and 2 sets of small group leaders. As a result, they get connected and have the best chance to establish a relationship that’s going to matter when they need it most.

Sunday Nights

At 6:10 we begin in the GoKids assembly room for a light dinner and a large group session for Kids Worship. Small group time immediately follows with their lesson for the day and some fun games and activities. Dismissal is at 7:30.

Wednesday Nights

During the school year, we meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 – 7:15 pm for Willowbrook Worship Kids and missions on a semester basis. Willowbrook Worship Kids meets on Wednesday evenings in the fall. January - May is our spring missions semester, and our GoKids enjoy learning about missions and doing missions. GoKids does not meet on Wednesday nights during the summer. Wednesday evenings begin in large group for worship and then break out into the classrooms. Church supper is served in the Family Center each Wednesday night from 4:45 - 5:30. $15.00 max per family.

Checking In

Willowbrook uses the Parent Pager system for checking children into classes. When you stop by one of our Welcome Desks, we will ask for the following personal information: parent’s names, children’s names and birthdates, family address, phone number, and any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your child. Parent Pager uses photo identification as well as scans of key data points on the finger (not fingerprints). Pagers are available for parents in the event your child needs you during the service. Once your family is checked in, your 1st – 4th grader will be directed to an age-appropriate class. Promptly at the end of service, parents are required to check out their child at a computer kiosk before going to the classroom for pick-up.

If your family is attending for both worship service and Sunday School, children grades 2-4 will attend worship as a family, and Sunday School while their parents attend an Adult Life Group class. Kindergarten and 1st graders may attend Promiseland, an exciting kids’ church experience while their parents are in worship service.

Registration and check-in for 1st – 4th graders begins 15 minutes prior to the service hour. In order to make sure that you are able to check in children and arrive at your Adult Life Group class or worship service on time, please arrive as early as possible. First time guests may download a registration form, print it out and bring the completed registration form with them to the GoKids desk. This will expedite your check-in time.

Who Can Answer Your Questions?

Whitney Reeves, Grade School Ministries Director

253.883.0907 ext 125

Sarah Whelchel, Grade School Ministries Assistant

256.883.0907 ext 121

The Answers Are Here

What are the registration and check-in procedures?

Willowbrook uses the Parent Pager system for checking children into classes. When you stop by one of our Welcome Desks, we will ask for the following personal information: parent’s names, children’s names and birthdates, family address, phone number, and any special instructions (allergies, special needs) for your child. Parent Pager uses photo identification as well as scans of key data points on the finger (not fingerprints). Pagers are available for parents in the event your child needs you during the service. Once your family is checked in, your 1st – 4th grader will be directed to an age appropriate class. Promptly at the end of service, parents are required to check out their child at a computer kiosk before going to the classroom for pick-up. If your family is attending for both worship service and Sunday School, children grades 2-4 will attend worship as a family, and Sunday School while their parents attend an Adult Life Group class. Kindergarten and 1st graders may attend Promiseland, an exciting kids’ church experience while their parents are in worship service. Registration/check-in for 1st-4th graders begins 15 minutes prior to the service hour. In order to make sure that you are able to check-in children and arrive at your Adult Bible Fellowship class or worship service on time, please arrive as early as possible. First time guests may download a registration form, print it out and bring the completed registration form with them to the GoKids desk. This will expedite your check-in time.

What Sunday School curriculum do you use in GoKids?

Sunday Mornings we use The Gospel Project for Kids. The Gospel Project® for Kids delivers engaging Bible story videos, music for all ages, fun-filled activities and more to help us teach kids how God’s plan of redemption unfolds throughout Scripture and is relevant today. Kids will gain a clear understanding of the entire gospel story—how all of Scripture points to the gospel of Jesus.

Sunday Evenings, we use 252 Basics. Based on Luke 2:52, the curriculum is built around Three Basic Truths:

Wisdom - I need to make the wise choice.
Faith - I can trust God no matter what.
Friendship - I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
The Three Basic Truths are amplified through 36 monthly virtues (such as kindness, generosity and faith) and 150 Bible stories. Every week there is a key TRUTH or bottom line that we drive home. It's the ONE THING we want GoKids to understand and grab on to during their hour in small groups. Each week we send home weekly devotions for kids to encourage them to spend time reading the Bible and talking to God at home. Using GodTime cards at home with their parents will help them establish a lifelong habit of spending time with God.

How early may I bring my child?

We begin receiving children on Sunday mornings at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday nights at 6:10 p.m.; and Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. and keep them until the close of the event.

Can my children stay for both services?

It is our belief that families should worship together. Therefore, all children grades 2-4 can attend GoKids while their parents attend an adult Life Group. The alternate hour, kids must attend worship with their family. First graders can attend Kids Church on the preschool floor rather than attending the main worship service.

We Could Use Your Help

Volunteer
Serve with us! If you have a desire to serve the Lord and are interested in reaching children and families, we have a place for you! If you are interested in finding out more information about how you can be involved, contact Whitney Reeves at whitney@willowbrook.org