Preschool

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..."

Matthew 19:14

Preschool Ministry Director : Danielle DeJesus 
We are very happy to have the privilege of ministering to the needs of your child and to work with you as they develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. We want very much for your child to have many enjoyable learning and worship experiences with us. We strive to provide a positive, loving environment for your child, a place where your preschooler will begin to know the wonder of God and His love for us.

Our desire is for your Preschooler growing up believing in three basic truths:
God Made Me
God Loves Me
Jesus wants to be My Friend
Preschool

Our preschool department is not just a "baby-sitting" service at Woodland. Children are involved in guided activities that will promote growth, enjoyment, confidence, and security.
Preschool Ministry meets on Sunday mornings during both the 9:00am & 10:55am services 
down in the Preschool Wing. If you aren't sure where that area is, please go to our Welcome
 desk in the main church lobby and they will be happy to show you where we meet.
Also, on Wednesday evenings, we provide Preschool Ministry as a support ministry to our
 families with children who are gathering on campus for a group or bible study.
Please feel free to contact Danielle DeJesus, our Preschool Ministry Director at 941-753-8588 or email danielle@gowoodland.com.

As you read further on our web page you will find information about security, our policies and how you can help. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Together, as we seek God's help in the growth of our children may we be ever mindful of His wonderful grace.


WEEKDAY PRESCHOOL THROUGH WECC
We are proud to have our Woodland Early Childhood Center weekday preschool here on campus.
For more information on our weekday preschool, please follow the link below to visit the school's site.
www.gowecc.comPreschool 



WOODLAND PLAYGROUP
This FREE group meets Tuesday mornings from 9am-12pm. Everyone will meet in the gym, bounce on the jumpers, play with balls and other fun gym toys. This is a great way to meet other Moms and Dads, while your children play and make new friends, so drop in anytime from 9am - 12pm.
For more information please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator
Kim McCauley at kim@woodlandministries


SECURITY
Childcare During Weekend Services. All of our preschool and childcare volunteers are fully screened and background checked. We have trained staff on the premise at all time, and your child will see many regular, consistent faces each time they join us! Each child is given a security badge with a special parent section. No one will be allowed to pick up your child without the parent security piece.YOU CAN HELP
As parents we need you to be a part of this ministry. Parents of preschoolers are expected to serve as a volunteer approximately once every eight weeks. Our Preschool Ministry Director contacts regular attendees to talk with them about serving.

If there is a timid child who does not want his parent to leave, the preschool worker can usually handle the situation. As a rule, teachers can help a child become happily adjusted to the group more quickly without the parents remaining in the room. Generally, your child will adjust more quickly if you assure them of your return. Make a brief departure. Avoid lingering good-byes. We will call or text your cell phone if your child is inconsolable for more than 15 minutes.Preschool Policies
  • The preschool department is designed for children ages birth through 5 years of age. In order to provide the safest possible environment, children older than preschool age are not permitted in the preschool department.
  • Parents are asked to assist workers by labeling diaper bags, bottles, and other articles the child brings to the preschool department.
  • Our security system is for your child's safety. Children will be received by a preschool worker or teacher at the door of their department and a name tag and numbered label for the child will be issued to the child and parent. When picking up your child the preschool worker will again greet you at the door and ask for the numbered label.
  • Children will only be released to the individual that presents the numbered label for that child.
  • We request that children be picked up immediately following the service. Even a well adjusted child can become anxious or fearful if he or she is left after the other children have gone home.
  • Children will be cared for in the preschool department only when parents are attending a church function or if the child is enrolled in a church program.
  • In order to protect your child and other children, parents are requested not to leave a child who appears to be ill. If your child should become ill or start to run a fever during the church service you will be called upon to come to the preschool department to pick your child up. Workers are not permitted to administer any type of medication to the children in their care.
  • Water and snacks may be served to children during the session. If your child is allergic to some types of food, please inform the worker and coordinator.
Please feel free to contact Danielle DeJesus, our Preschool Ministry Director at 941-753-8588 or email danielle@gowoodland.com.


Child Dedication at Woodland
Child Dedication is a joyful expression of gratefulness to God for the gift of life! It acknowledges that children belong to God and are given to us as gifts. We are simply dedicating them back to Him. It is a statement of humility saying that, as parents, we need God’s help in raising the children he has blessed us with. Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord before the church to do everything within their power to raise their child in a godly way, prayerfully, until he or she can make a decision on his or her own to follow and serve God. Parents who make this vow, or commitment, are instructed to raise the child in the ways of God and not according to their own ways. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their parenting responsibilities. In turn, the church agrees to come along side your family and offer spiritual support to teach and train your child in the ways of the Lord so that he or she might one day trust Him as Savior and Lord and serve Him wholeheartedly.
Child Dedication does not impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness, surrenders their life, and receives forgiveness and the gift of eternal life in Christ through His work on the cross.
Child Dedication is not baptism for your child. Baptism is the public declaration of faith and a symbol of a spiritual rebirth.  It is an outward demonstration of the inward change that has occurred within an individual. Once a child is old enough to make the decision to accept Christ as his or her personal Savior, then he or she can make a choice to be baptized.  We celebrate the opportunity to dedicate babies and young children to the Lord rather than baptizing them. He is the giver of every good gift, and He gives us the honor and great responsibility of raising children. Child Dedication is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.
By dedicating your child to the Lord, you are acknowledging your need for God in your family. You are submitting your own desires for your child to God’s desires, and making a commitment to raise your child in God’s way.  The responsibilities the Lord has entrusted to you as a parent include praying earnestly for your child, instructing them in the ways of the Lord, setting a godly example, and disciplining them as the Lord would discipline us. As a parent, you are only able to do these things through Christ’s strength. In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you desire to partner with God and the church to raise your child according to God’s Word. For more information about having your child dedicated please
contact us via the form below!


Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Discipline your child, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.
Proverbs 29:17

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Sunday Mornings

9:oo Am - Blended Service

 This service is a blend of contemporary, traditional, southern gospel & hymns. Generally with full band & Choir. 

10:55 am Modern Service

This service has more contemporary worship with electric guitars, keyboard & drums. The Sermon is the same in both services. 

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