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Woodland Playgroup

This FREE group meets Tuesday mornings from 9am-11:30am. 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 Playgroup Leader
Vanessa Garnes by email v_garnes@yahoo.com.

Meet OUR team.

mike wilder

Children's Pastor
Mike has been serving in full time church ministry for over 15 years as a Children's Pastor. His desire is to see children grow up to be like Jesus. He believes church should be fun, exciting, and safe for children of all ages. Mike would consider himself as being a big kid doing a job that he loves…telling kids about Jesus in relevant and creative ways. Mike and his wife Brittany have been married for 15 years and they have 4 kids, Rilynn, Ansley, Lucy, and Calffrey. He enjoys running, camping in his RV, Disney, sipping black coffee, and telling dad jokes.


Preschool Ministry Coordinator
Sandra is part of our preschool ministry team & has worked with children for over 15 years. She’s a mom of three who loves a good suspense novel, beach sunsets, & Poppo’s chips & salsa. Say hi to Sandra on social and email below.

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

Matthew 19:14

 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 Forever
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 
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.
For more information, please feel free to contact Sandra Duran, our Preschool Ministry Director at 941-753-8588 or email sandra@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.

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.

This FREE group meets Tuesday mornings from 9am-11:30am. 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 Playgroup Leader
Vanessa Garnes by email v_garnes@yahoo.com.

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 Sandra Duran our Preschool Ministry Director at 941-753-8588 or email sandra@gowoodland.com.

Child Dedication at Woodland
Through the year we offer special Dedication Sundays. Those Sundays are an amazing opportunity to have your child dedicated during one of our services. Child dedication is the act of coming before the church and declaring that you will raise your son or daughter in the ways of the Lord. Any age child can be dedicated. After the services on Dedication Sunday, we have a time of celebration with families and friends.
In order to have your child dedicated, you first must go through, or already have participated in, the child dedication class. The class is 30-minutes long and is offered the Sunday before the dedications. 
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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